On Friday, Rep. Anthony Weiner said “that he exchanged at least five private messages on Twitter this spring with a 17-year-old Delaware girl who became an admirer of his after hearing him speak during a high school trip to Washington.”
Yes, the whole Weiner scandal took another ugly turn leaving folks wondering “What on earth was he thinking?”
Today, amid calls from top Democratic leaders including Nancy Pelosi and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, spokeswoman for Congressman Anthony Weiner announced “he would request a leave of absence from the House and seek treatment.”
“Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person,” said the spokeswoman, Risa Heller. “In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well.
“Congressman Weiner takes the views of his colleagues very seriously and has determined that he needs this time to get healthy and make the best decision possible for himself, his family and his constituents.”
Anthony Weiner clearly has some issues and those issues would clearly benefit from treatment. Just as some people struggle with alcoholism, drug addiction or gambling, there are others that struggle with sex addiction or issues with sexuality. And just as people are ostracized and stigmatized by other addictions, so too are people with sex addictions.
I don’t condone his behavior at all, but I do give him credit for seeking help for his problems and not bowing to the pressure to resign. What Weiner has done by publicly admitting he has issues that need treatment, is to put a public face on the issue of sex addictions.
I can think of more than a few other politicians that could use some help with this issue as well. I don’t recall others before Weiner being as willing to stand up publicly and say they sought help as Weiner has.
Politicians are imperfect people just like the rest of us. We’d like to hold them all up on a pedestal and have them all behave perfectly, but that isn’t going to happen. We’ve seen others in Congress battle their addictions, if they can and stay in office, perhaps Anthony Weiner can too. Time will tell…