Weiner sends more lewd photos

New York City mayoral candidate test voters' — and his wife's — willingness to forgive
Associated Press
Jul 23, 2013

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted on Tuesday to sending additional explicit photos and texts to a woman he met online — an exchange she says began more than a year after he resigned from Congress for similar behavior.

The allegation could severely test voters' willingness to forgive Weiner, who has said he spent the two years since the scandal trying to make things right with his wife and earn redemption.

Weiner, who resigned his House seat in June 2011 after acknowledging having sexual conversations with at least a half-dozen women, has been near the top of most mayoral polls since his late entry into the race this spring.

The newly revealed correspondence was posted Monday by the gossip website The Dirty. The woman involved was not identified.

"I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have," Weiner said in a statement issued by his campaign. "I want to again say that I am very sorry to anyone who was on the receiving end of these messages and the disruption this has caused."

The 48-year-old Democrat did not say when the exchanges occurred, but he said his behavior created "challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation."

From the beginning of his mayoral bid, Weiner has said that he learned from his mistakes and that his wife — Huma Abedin, a longtime adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton — was the driving force behind his comeback attempt.

The woman involved in the newly revealed correspondence told The Dirty she was 22 when she began chatting with Weiner on the social networking site Formspring. She said their online relationship began in July 2012 and lasted for six months.

She claimed Weiner used the alias "Carlos Danger" for their exchanges, promised to help her get a job at the political website Politico and suggested meeting in a Chicago condo for a tryst.

The woman said she and Weiner exchanged nude photos and engaged in frequent phone sex.

"This was a bad situation for me because I really admired him. Even post scandal, I thought he was misunderstood. Until I got to know him. I thought I loved him. Pretty pathetic," she was quoted as telling The Dirty.

She said he later asked her to destroy the evidence of their chats. She insisted that she never had sex with Weiner or received any payment from him.

The woman claimed her relationship with Weiner "fizzled" in November 2012. She said she last heard from him this past April, when his intention to run for mayor was first revealed in a New York Times Magazine profile.

"This behavior is behind me," Weiner said in his statement Tuesday. "I apologized to Huma and am grateful that she has worked through these issues with me and for her forgiveness."

Weiner's campaign spokeswoman did not respond to requests to clarify the timing of the newly revealed exchange. Weiner was expected to attend a mayoral forum Tuesday evening.

His wife, who was pregnant when the sexting scandal broke in 2011 and gave birth months later, has played a large and increasing role in his mayoral campaign. She made an appearance in his campaign kick-off video, has led his fundraising effort and recently made her debut on the campaign trail. Two weekends ago, she walked hand-in-hand with Weiner as they talked to voters on a Harlem street.

Two of his mayoral foes — former City Councilman Sal Albanese, a Democrat, and billionaire John Catsimatidis, a Republican - quickly called on Weiner to abandon his quest for office.

"Anthony Weiner should do what is right for his family and our city and drop out of the race for mayor so we can end this soap opera," Catsimatidis said in a statement.

The other leading Democratic candidates, including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, did not immediately comment on the new revelations.

The disclosure suddenly puts Weiner's indiscretions, judgment and candor back in the forefront of his campaign and could test voters' confidence in him, political analysts said.

Some voters have said they felt Weiner had atoned for his past and were willing to give him a second chance. But a third, after hearing allegations that his misbehavior continued after his resignation?

"It makes it tougher to believe this is behind him," said Democratic former state Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, now a political consultant.

But given the corps of voters who have shown willingness to forgive Weiner's prior behavior, the latest revelation may not be a campaign knockout, said Jerry Skurnik, a longtime Democratic consultant who is not working with any mayoral candidates this year.

"At best, it's a minor negative" that will turn off some voters, he said. "The question is whether it's a major negative" — and whether there were enough forgiving voters to begin with for Weiner to win.

The revelations come just two weeks after another scandal-scarred candidate, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, announced his own attempt at political redemption. Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 after admitting to paying for sex with prostitutes, is running for city comptroller.

Weiner's problems began in May 2011, when a website run by conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart posted a photograph of a man's bulging underwear and said it had been sent from Weiner's Twitter account to a Seattle woman. Weiner denied he sent the photo, claiming his Twitter had been hacked.

But after more women came forward and more photographic evidence emerged — some of it X-rated — Weiner admitted he lied.

He then entered two years of self-imposed political exile, only to return this spring.

Under a huge media spotlight, he apologized repeatedly for his behavior in the initial days of his bid but then pivoted quickly into an issues-based campaign. He was largely well-received by voters and quickly established himself as a favorite in the race.

 

Comments

deertracker

C'mon! Old news and old pictures!

Fromthe419

This was the lead story in the NY Times and the NY Post, here's a link:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/2...

I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out and today they have,” Weiner said. “I want to again say that I am very sorry to anyone who was on the receiving end of these messages and the disruption this has caused

This in fact new news, I don't think his personal sexual preferences should be an issue, but his decision making certainly is an issue.

arnmcrmn

deer.....no it isn't. The woman claiming that she had sexual messaging and pictures and phone sex is saying this all happened in July-August of last year....a year after he was initially caught and resigned from the race.

This dude has an issue with being faithful and sending stuff over the net and airwaves. Clearly not a good candidate to be mayor. He tried and cover himself 2 years ago by saying he knew more pictures and texts would come out. But why NOW. Why 2 years later by different women who don't know each other, claiming this is all NEW.

Hes a cheat and you are wrong again.

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The Hero Zone

With how many millions living in the city itself, is there nobody else at all who can run for any of these positions? Well, I suppose there is a difference between ability and willingness.

Fromthe419

It seems due to the scrutiny and the vetting process that only mental midgets, narcissists and sycophants run for political office.

bondgirlM

yeah he's not a Republican leave him alone. We all know that is acceptable behavior for Democrats.

thinkagain

tru dat!

Darwin's choice

Holder/Weiner 2016 !!

grumpy

A Weiner/Holder democrat ticket would be fitting.

Fromthe419

+1

Fromthe419

How about if he switches parties and have a Weiner/Boehner ticket.

Fromthe419

Check out the lead on the NY Post, Weiner won't pull out...dang near spit my coffee on my screen when I saw it. How about Weiner/Spitzer in 2016 :)

Raoul Duke

I'm going to think long and hard before commenting on this...

DickTracey

Poor Huma, I don't know what is worse.

Having Weiner for a husband or having Michael Jackson and Mr. Ed as parents.

Darwin's choice

lol

Perkins2060

The Register said Weiner.

Yellow Snow

yeah, and they didn't edit it as inappropriate. They missed one.

Perkins2060

Weiner Weiner Weiner Weiner

Pete

Progressives:

The most brain dead tax parasites on the planet.

They never learn.

OMG.LOL.WT_

wie·ner (wnr)
n.
1. Wienerwurst.
2. A frankfurter.
3. Vulgar Slang A penis.
Note the difference in spelling.

grumpy

The Weiner movement is still getting balls to the walls erection coverage.

meowmix

I'm getting a bigger chuckle from the pseudonym he used "Carlos Danger" more than anything. I like the guy but if it comes out that this occurred AFTER he resigned then he might as well hang it up politically and go into the porn industry if he has a thing for showing his thing.

gramafun

what a sicko Just what NY needs. So I guess they fit together like a condum and a member. Let him go and see what he does.

SamAdams

The only person dumber than Weiner in this whole mess is his wife. If, as some headlines suggest, Obama/Holder et al have set race relations back 50 years, Huma Abedin has set women's rights back even further!

I understand that everybody makes mistakes. I understand that everybody deserves forgiveness and a second chance. But those things require that you LEARN from your mistakes! You don't repeat them over and over and over again expecting a different outcome. THAT'S the definition of insanity!

Unfortunately, given that it's not possible to underestimate the collective IQ of people in large groups (particularly, apparently, Democrats in NYC), Weiner could actually stage a comeback and win election. With decision-making abilities and judgment like he's already exhibited, I don't hold out a lot of hope for the city afterward if he does...

The New World Czar

Huma has been a team member on Hillary Clinton's staff. Does anyone see something parallel here?

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The Hero Zone

The Onion has a great article about this. Pop over to it and look for it under politics. The title is "Man With Widely Circulated Penis Pictures Not The Most Humiliated Person At Podium" (article under a picture of the mayoral candidate and his wife).

grumpy

Drudge Report: New york City erection update: Pressure mounts on Weiner to pull out... Carlos Danger to mount anti Weiner campaign to rid NYC of Weiner erection.

Sam

big dog took these photos, titled "no big deal."

Erie County Resident

LMAO @ Sam
Does this mean it's a "tiny weinie"?

Darwin's choice

Dems want Weiner to pull out......!