INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 11, 2015) - State Representative Justin Moed has apologized for sending racy, nude photos and lewd messages to the same woman who was involved in a sex scandal with New York Congressman, Anthony Weiner. The scandal though is raising questions about any ethical violations that may have occurred.
“If his credibility doesn’t go any further than that, what was he going to do with the rest of the taxpayers’ money and with his position that he’ll have in power?” asked one woman, a constituent of Moed’s.
“You can’t really run an office as someone that’s really not going to be taken seriously,” said another man.
Moed, 32, appeared on thedirty.com, a website showcasing lewd messages and nude pictures he sent to Sydney Leathers, a southern Indiana woman tied to the sex scandal that led to New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s resignation. The New York Post reported Moed responded to an ad seeking a “submissive.”
“If he’s going to make a bad decision in his personal life, I would think he would make bad decisions concerning us,” said another constituent.
Even with Indiana house leaders pledging ethics reform as a top 2015 priority, Moed is not in violation of house rules. The policies in place pertain exclusively to behavior relative to statehouse procedure and not private life.
Still, a sexting scandal some constituents feel goes too far, “As a public figure, he should’ve known better than to make a mistake like that, to make a decision to do something like that, that would cast him in such a bad light and as our representative in the state of Indiana, I mean, that doesn’t look very good at all,” said one man.
Repeated attempts to contact state lawmakers Wednesday were denied. Tuesday, Moed released a statement apologizing for his actions. He said he’s committed to rebuilding trust among his constituents.