Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice . . .
The old adage seemed applicable Tuesday to New York voters, who evinced an epic weariness of the scandal-fatigued Anthony Weiner and his sexting sideshow.
A few people vowed not to let the revelation that Weiner engaged in lewd online liaisons even after he admitted doing so and resigned from Congress in 2011, affect their choice for mayor. But most said Weiner had now lost their goodwill and their votes.
Ken Phillips, 49, of Bedford Stuyvesant, said he was a Weiner supporter like many in his neighborhood ("we love a man with cojones!"), but he has now changed his mind.
"I believe in second chances, but if you keep repeatedly doing the same thing, you're on your own: I'm not going to vote for a man with no self control and no self discipline," said Phillips, a fire safety director.
The sentiment was echoed by Leslie Jones, of Bushwick, who said she wouldn’t rule out any candidate, but the latest revelation revealed a troubling immaturity.
"The door's closed" to Weiner as her mayoral favorite, she said.
"I'm really veering away from him at this point" due to the lack of truthfulness, added Robert Vest, 45, a singer who lives in Harlem. Vest said he was undecided, (albeit partial to Christine Quinn) and suggested Weiner should be concentrate on his recovery.
“He should join a support group" in lieu of continuing his quest for mayor.
Weiner "would have to sell me very hard" to convince Anthony Pastore, 39, a registered Democrat from Astoria, that he was worthy of public office. "After this, it makes me wonder if someone like him can be faithful to his constituents," Pastore said.
Hussain Jarju, 36, a messenger who lives in the Bronx, said Weiner lost his trust when the scandal first broke and he was not surprised by Tuesday’s news.
"You could give me $1 million and I wouldn't vote for him," said Jarju.
But some people said a man could be a great politician while leading a less than exemplary private life.
"Your personal life is your personal life," said Louida Clinton, 76, from Brooklyn. Clinton liked the job that Weiner did as congressman. “Everyone's got skeletons in their closet," Clinton said.
(With Dan Rivoli and Ivan Pereira)