Weiner has lost some good will, but many voters want to hear his platform
Are the voters ready for a reformed twit?
Many are eager to hear the stump speech of disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner if he were to run for mayor, but some will never forgive him.
"No!" exclaimed Roxanne Lewis, 44, from Canarsie, when asked if she would ever consider voting for Weiner. "He blew it," and destroyed public goodwill not just by sexting and Tweeting explicit pics to young women, but lying about it afterwards, said Lewis, a registered nurse. Women are not only underrepresented in politics, but less likely to succumb to sexual temptations and corruption, said Lewis,.
But Yudy Almode, 39, a saleswoman for a clothing wholesaler, was more forgiving, and spoke for many who said the issues facing NYC were more urgent than retaining a grudge against a guy who idiotically indulged a needy adolescent ego.
"Maybe he changed. Everybody does mistakes. You learn from the mistake and your next step is to do good for people," said Almode, who lives in the South Bronx. Almode wants to hear how Weiner - and all the candidates - would bring down the high costs of housing and health care. "You can die without money in New York," Almode said.
"I was in high school when Bill Clinton was president," so sexually misbehaving politicians seems the norm, added Jessica Suckerman, 32, a Lower Manhattan resident and registrar for a non-profit. While she was disgusted by the sexting episode, "I would still consider him," for mayor, especially if he had a good platform on public health initiatives, Suckerman said.