THE COMEBACK MEN
- Karmakar country: Many Dipas of Tripura taking their own leap of faith
- For India in NSG, China to send main negotiator
- No Railway Budget from next financial year, Arun Jaitley accepts Suresh Prabhu's proposal
- J&K: 15 injured in Poonch blast, pilgrims said to be target
- Tavleen Singh writes: Kashmir’s violent ‘children’
In June 2011, then Democrat Congressman from New York City, Anthony Weiner "accidentally" tweeted racy photos of himself on Twitter. The hapless Weiner admitted to having "inappropriate" relations with various women and resigned. Cut to July 2013 and newer and racier texts emerged, of him, disguised as 'Carlos Danger', propositioning women on the Internet; all this while declaring that he was running for New York's gubernatorial office. And he also got his wife, Huma Abedin, a powerful Washington adviser and confidante to Hillary Clinton, to publicly forgive him.
Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, who quit office on the back of a sex scandal, is eyeing a comeback. Sanford had disappeared for six days in 2009 while governor. At first, Sanford's office issued a statement that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. But it soon came to light that he was in Argentina visiting his mistress. Wife Jenny Sanford divorced him soon after, only to return to his side as he launched a bid for a Congressional berth in 2013. But his comeback is not as smooth as it seems. Only days earlier, Sanford was late for a House vote, arriving in a sweaty T-shirt and gym shorts. Republicans were heard sneering at Sanford, 'Where have you been? Hiking?'
Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer recently announced a bid to return as the city's comptroller. Spitzer had resigned in 2008 after it was revealed that he had spent thousands of dollars on prostitutes. Spitzer, who was dubbed 'Love Guv' by the city's tabloids, has launched a petition campaign requiring 3,750 signatures to get into the September ballot. However, Spitzer, during his political exile, continued to enjoy attention—hosting not one but two different shows on CNN and Current TV. Running the campaign on his family's personal fortune, pollsters opine that Spitzer has a better chance of a triumphant comeback than Weiner.
- Indians are more free than when the British left, but less free than what the framers of our Constitution hoped us to be.
- Gujarat Dalits’ move to quit ‘menial jobs’ in protest has a precedent in UP
- Ravana in Uttar Pradesh: Nayanjot Lahiri
- PM Modi needs to move from slogans to action to transform agriculture
- Nepal: The politician-activist-donor nexus dominates the appointment of judges
- To his successor, and to the PM and the government, Dr Rajan has left valuable messages