History Shows Weiner Could Persevere Past Scandal

June 10, 2011 - 4:42 PM

Sex Scandal Survivors

FILE - In this Monday, June 6, 2011 file photo U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., addresses a news conference in New York, N.Y. Weiner's survival skills will be tested after the seven-term New York Democrat admitted to sending a lewd photo of himself to a woman via Twitter. Weiner, the most recent politician embroiled in a sex scandal, has said he isn't resigning despite acknowledging he sent sexually charged photos and messages to women. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Not all sex scandals are career death sentences.

Rep. Anthony Weiner has said he isn't resigning despite acknowledging he sent sexually charged photos and messages to women.

If the married congressman continues to serve, he'll join other political figures who have survived scandal. Some have gone on to thrive.

Among them are Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, former President Bill Clinton and Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank.

Observers say that a key to political survival may be the willpower needed to ride out the storm and the hope that voters are in a forgiving mood.

A new poll has found 56 percent of registered voters in his district think he should stay.

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LeBlanc reported from Boston.