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Wed July 24, 2013
Could A Boston Mayoral Candidate Survive An Anthony Weiner-Esque Scandal?
Former New York Representative Anthony Weiner once again made headlines on Tuesday over his extracurricular, extramarital online activities.
Weiner, who is running for mayor of New York City, held a press conference early Tuesday evening to explain new revelations that he continued to engage in prurient online behaviors after the first scandal broke two years ago. His wife, Huma Abedin, also spoke at the press conference. (See video below)
Jim and Margery asked callers if any one of the Boston mayoral candidates could navigate a scandal the way Weiner has, and survive to realize Election Day success. So far, by anyone's account, all twelve Boston mayoral candidates are squeaky-clean.
Would you vote for a mayoral candidate if he or she had engaged in extramarital dalliances? Does the fact that it happened online mitigate the indiscretion? Should we discount candidates' private lives out of respect for public performance?
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Also on BPR:
- CNN's chief national correspondent John King talked about the latest from Washington.
- Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory talked through the day's headlines — Bill Belichick's press conference, Aaron Hernandez returning to court and the James "Whitey" Bulger trial, as well as a completely bizarre story about a box of bones the Globe featured over the weekend.
- City design specialist Scott Burnham talked to Jim and Margery about how to reinvent Boston's cityscape. Burnham's Reprogramming The City will be on display until September 29, 2013.
- Brendan O'Connell is an artist who has found inspiration in the aisles of Wal-Mart. He talked to Jim and Margery about his big box paintings. O'Connell's wife is landscape painter Emily Buchanan.
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