The sex-texting by lawmakers lives long after them; the good is oft interred with the bones of their legacies when they quit amid scandal.
So it is with state Rep. Richard Steinberg, D-Miami Beach.
He made the grievous error of sending disguised, stalker-like text messages to a female federal prosecutor he had known for years.
And he compounded his error by texting words like “sexxxy mama” — a phrase that has a crack-like addictive effect on reporters and readers alike.
Suddenly, the mild-mannered, soft-spoken Steinberg was a member of the nation’s Sexting Pols Caucus, co-chaired by former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and former Florida Congressman Mark Foley.
But there’s a crucial difference: Steinberg, 39, knew when to go. He quit Friday, two days after The Miami Herald broke the story. And when he was first approached about the matter on Wednesday, Steinberg told the truth and apologized.