Social media is NOT a tool to help congressmen swap titillating pictures with strangers.
What’s worse, you weren’t even swapping photos! It appears you were simply sending them, unsolicited, to attractive (I assume) females who posted positive comments about your political activities.
Listen, everyone knows politicians have groupies. However, everyone also knows you’re supposed to hit them up for money, not SEXT them!
Money from groupies gets you re-elected. Sexts with groupies get you…well…sexts with groupies may get you a chance to experience America’s unemployment issue firsthand.
Plus, what is it with all you men who think women want to see your junk? I believe I’m speaking for most women when I say, emphatically, WE DON’T WANT TO SEE YOUR NETHER-BITS!
It’s not that we don’t appreciate what your junk can do for us. It’s just that we don’t want or need to see your equipment, especially when we don’t plan to use it or it legally belongs to someone else.
Unsolicited pics of yourself in little to no clothing is not an appropriate response to someone who gave you a virtual high-five for putting Bachmann in her place on Faux news. It would be frightening to receive a crotch shot in reply to a bit of praise posted innocently on your Facebook page.
I’ve been a fan of yours for years and find this episode incredibly disappointing, mainly because this scandal is so unnecessary.
I’m beginning to wonder if there’s something that changes the way male politicians’ brains function when they run for major offices. Perhaps the common sense portion of their brains are turned off once they start campaigning. All that adoration from strangers at rallies and then votes from people who think they’re literally better than someone else.
Maybe you began to believe your press releases – that you’re something special. A gift to the public! That the rules of social propriety don’t apply to you. Or that you won’t get caught.
NOTE: YOU ALWAYS GET CAUGHT!!
Anthony, your reputation and your wikipedia entry have been tainted. Refer to Clinton, Edwards, Schwarzenegger, Lee, Ensign, Spitzer, McGreevey, etc. debacles for info regarding how this usually plays out in the press.
I don’t know if your promising career can be saved. It’s possible. Congressmen have survived worse (see Barney Frank for details).
Ultimately, I hope you pull your life out of the crapper. I definitely don’t condone what you did, but would hate to see your political talent wasted.
Suffer the public humiliation as gracefully as possible, apologize profusely to everyone over and over again, grovel as necessary, then pick yourself up and do your job.
p.s. Outsource all your social media account management to a trusted staff person. You need to cut yourself off cold turkey. No more tweeting for you, young man!