- Posted July 14, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Public Quick to Turn On Congressional Hijinks
Americans are ready to forgive youthful indescretions or co-workers and even boses acting out with some bizarre antics. But that tolerance doesn't extend it would appear to members of Congress who move to far out of the accepted norm. This has been especially true of the current congressional delegation.
Here are those who after being caught deviating from the expected have resigned the office:
• Representative Chris Lee, R-N.Y., resigned in the early weeks of this Congress in February 2011, after a shirtless picture he posted of himself on Craigslist and a number of flirtatious e-mails he exchanged with a woman who was not his wife were published by Gawker.
• Senator John Ensign, R-Nev., resigned in April 2011, amid an ethics probe into an extramarital affair he conducted with a woman who was a family friend and whose husband was an Ensign staffer.
• Representative Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., resigned in June 2011, following a media firestorm over explicit tweets of himself he had sent to women online. Weiner is married.
• Representative David Wu, D-Ore., resigned in August 2011, following allegations of sexually assaulting a campaign donor's teenage daughter and a string of media reports chronicling odd behavior that included a photograph of him wearing a tiger suit that went viral online.
• Representative Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., resigned last week shortly after a lowbrow television pilot script he had authored was leaked to the media by a former aide. McCotter had already failed to qualify for the ballot in November, and his campaign operation is under investigation by the state attorney general for how they handled his petition filing.
Of course there are others who have suffered ethical lapses, but continue to serve. And in the case of Charile Rangel of New York, the voters aren't ready to kick him out yet.
From the Cornfield, in this day of instant electronic news, rumors and innuendos, it behooves our elected officials to be mindful of each and every deed or action. You never know is watching with a cell phone ready to capture the least picadillo.