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In the wake of mounting calls for his resignation and after first denying he sent dirty pictures, then admitting he sent them, and then us finding out he actually sent quite a few, Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress yesterday. It took four minutes, and thankfully, his pregnant wife was not standing (at least literally) by his side.

As only New Yorkers can do, Weiner’s four minute speech was punctuated by hecklers, including the witty, “Is it really seven inches?” Classy.

IMHO, it wasn’t so much the texting and the pics as it was the lying. His willingness to throw a fictitious Twitter hacker under the bus, along with his heartfelt denials of something he knew to be true, in the end, proved to be too much.  Here’s, hopefully, the last four minutes we’ll see of Weinergate for a while…

 

This is a switch: Openly gay politician arrested for being…straight?

In an ironic twist to the straight-politician-covering-up-the-fact-that-he’s-gay trend, San Francisco fifth district councilman Ted Sand was arrested earlier this month and charged with drunk driving. Sadly, a drunk politician driving himself home no longer classifies as news.

What does? When the drunk and openly gay politician is arrested along with his exotic female dancer passenger and both are accused of engaging in a “dangerous high-speed sex act.” Sands claims he had no improper relations with the 31 year old and was just “giving her a ride. Home.”  I added that extra period for emphasis.

The plot thickened when Gloria Allred (the Al Sharpton of women’s rights, i.e. shows up at the opening of an envelope) issued a statement claiming she represents a “very biological” woman who also claims to be in a sexual relationship with Sand.

A gay politician hiding heterosexual tendencies? A straight politician pretending to be gay? Who knows and who would have thunk it…

Read more on Ted Sands and the arrest here.

Liar liar pants on fire

The website PolitiFact.com is a project from the St. Petersburg Times created to help us common folk find the truth in politics. Impossible you say? Maybe not with PolitiFact’s help. Each day reporters and fact checkers from the Times review statements made by politicians, TV commentators and the like, review their statements and rate their accuracy. If you’ve been reading this site for any length of time you know that we think bad politicians are the worse kind of bosses. They’re pushy, power hungry, manipulative liars. PolitiFact’s goal is to shake out the truth tellers and encourage more transparency. Here’s a list of a few of the politicians reviewed on PolitiFact with the worst rating – Pants on Fire!

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y

Ed Schultz – “Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu received almost $1.8 million from BP over the last decade.” Truth: $1.8 million? More like $25,200. Ed Schultz is the host of the Ed Show on MSNBC.

Bill O’Reilly – “We researched to find out if anybody on Fox News had ever said you’re going to jail if you don’t buy health insurance. Nobody’s ever said it.” Truth: Apparently, the research wasn’t thorough enough. Bill O’Reilly hosts “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News.

John McCain – “I never considered myself a maverick.” Truth: Except for all those times he called himself a maverick.

Charles Rangel – “I’m glad for the wording of it (an ethics report on corporate-sponsored Congressional trips) because clearly the wording exonerates me. Truth: Not according to our dictionary. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y, is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Scott Brown – “The stimulus bill “didn’t create one new job.” Truth: Despite grim employment numbers, the stimulus has created jobs. Scott Brown is a Republican U.S. senator from Massachusetts.

See more PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter ratings here.