Friday, September 06, 2013
One thing a candidate for office should learn early is not to take things personally. If a constituent comes after one, fend the person off politely but firmly and never lose one's temper. This is a lesson that a lagging candidate for mayor in New York apparently forgot. He engaged in a pitched verbal battle with a voter in public in front of cameras. It wasn't pretty and the media jumped all over it, of course. The candidate, Anthony Weiner, already has strikes against him. He resigned from Congress after sending lewd photos of himself to women. Running for office in the City of New York was supposed to be his resurrection from voter limbo. It doesn't look like it is going to happen at this point and Weiner might have to look for honest work rather than a career as a politician. If so, he might reflect on his PR faux pas and learn from them. His behavior would not be acceptable in a commercial environment.