Is Anthony Weiner an Addict or Just an Ass?
(page 2)At press time, Weiner’s political future is hanging in the balance. Since the story broke last week, the only consistent line that Weiner has toed is his desperate determination to keep his congressional seat. But each news cycle reveals more sleazy details about his online sexual adventurism as the women he Twittered come forward (often for money) to tell their version of the story. Right-wing activist blogger Andrew Breitbart, who broke the scandal, claims to have X-rated photos of Weiner on tap, and given Weiner’s acknowledgment that such photos may exist, everyone is waiting for this other shoe to drop before writing the congressman’s political obituary.
Few fellow Democrats have rallied to his defense, in part because Weiner’s arrogant and self-righteous style has won him few friends in his own party. The Republicans, who reflexively circled the wagons during the rash of recent sex scandals embroiling GOP congressman, are predictably demanding his resignation—they would like nothing better than to be rid of one of the few liberal attack dogs on Capitol Hill. (But despite all the piling on in the press, no one has suggested an actual incident of intercourse.) For his part, even as Weiner considers treatment, he firmly refuses to blame his behavior on any disorder or addiction. He insists that he had never had a physical relationship with any of the woman involved in the story, stating, "I've never had sex outside my marriage."
But that doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't have some type of sexual behavior problem.
Mental health professionals are all abuzz debating Weiner's actions. Some call them self-sabotage and thrill-seeking. Patrick Wanis, a human behavior expert, tells the New York Daily News that Weiner seems to have been more interested in feeling powerful. "What we are seeing is a new pattern of these people who are very powerful in their position, but they seem to lack power in their personal relationships," said Wanis.