The week that was
FRAUD CASE STILL GOING Call it the case that simply won’t go away. Last year, three North Dakota State University football players were convicted of petition fraud after they faked names on petitions for two proposed ballot measures. The players pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, and part of their sentencing was performing community service. Now, it’s being reported that D.J. McNorton, Aireal Boyd and Don Carter have failed to complete the required community service. We realize the crime was a misdemeanor, but it sparked outrage in the state and calls for tougher laws and penalties for election fraud. The actions of the players and others in the case resulted in two potential measures being kept off the November election ballot, forcing organizers to start over in gathering signatures. And now the players are seemingly thumbing their noses at North Dakota law once again. It’s simply unacceptable behavior, and we hope the players fulfill the conditions of their sentencing.
POLITICAL COMEBACK Another disgraced politician is back in the spotlight, trying to make a political comeback. Ex-congressman Anthony Weiner has announced he’s entering the New York City mayoral race. You may remember Weiner, who resigned in 2011 after tweeting racy pictures of himself in his underwear and others of himself bare-chested in his office and then lying about it. He now admits that he shouldn’t have lied, and that his wife has since forgiven him for the incident. “I made some big mistakes and I?know I?let a lot of people down, but I also learned some tough lessons,” Weiner said in a video announcing his intentions to run for mayor of New York City. We doubt his political opponents will forget about his past indescretions, but we’ll see if the voting public ultimately forgives him or not.