Politicians get a bad rap because of people like San Diego Bob Filner and New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner.
They insist on putting their political ambitions ahead of everything else, even though both have clearly established patterns of bad behavior.
Filner has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment, and he acknowledges that he "failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me."
Weiner has admitted sending sexual images and explicit online messages well more than a year after he had resigned from Congress and pledged to seek treatment and change his behavior.
He vows to stay in the mayor's race. Filner admits he needs help. Even if Weiner won't acknowledge it, he obviously does.
Whatever demons they have, they should be exorcised in private, not played out in public.
Like every other politician, they need to remember that it's not about them. If they care about the people they want to lead, they won't prolong these soap operas.