Two years after resigning his House seat in disgrace, Weiner launched a comeback bid for mayor of New York City. It could not have gone worse. A second sexting snafu torpedoed Weiner’s campaign, and the candidate’s nom de guerre, Carlos Danger, became the punch line of late-night jokes. In the end he sank to fifth place in the Democratic primary, ending his political career. “We had the best ideas,” Weiner said in his concession speech, before adding a rare understated note: “Sadly, I was an imperfect messenger.” Dishonorable Mention: San Diego Democratic Mayor Bob Filner, who was forced out of office amid allegations of widespread sexual harassment; he later pleaded guilty to felony false imprisonment of one woman.
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