Anthony Weiner’s comeback campaign made headlines on Tuesday by a new cybersex shocker, but the mayoral candidate revealed at a press-conference that he won’t quit the mayoral race — and his wife confirmed she won’t quit their marriage.
The politician resigned from the U.S. Congress three years ago after he confessed that he did use social networking sites to send lewd pictures of himself to women he met online.
Earlier in the day, Weiner seemed to be vague when spealing about the timing and sequence of events, saying in a statement that “some things that have been posted … are true and some are not.”
“I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have,” he said.
Tuesday’s admission concerned a series of politician’s romantic chats published by gossip website TheDirty.com on Mondayearlier this week. According to the tabloid, the chats and images were provided by a young woman in her early 20s, whose wished to remain anonymous.
The gossip website said Weiner’s began meeting online a year ago and kept on doing this into this year. He told the news conference that some of the texts revealed had been sent after his resignation.
Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, a close aide to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, smiled during the press conference, saying that she will stay by his side and even explained why.
“I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him, and as he has said from the beginning, ‘We are moving forward,'” Abedin said.
One more mayoral candidate, Bill Thompson, which many polls predict to be in third place, said the incident was “deeply disturbing”
“Anthony Weiner needs to think of the people of the city of New York first and not of himself,” he told Reuters.
Bill de Blasio, who also participates in the race and who ranks at the back of it, called on Weiner to withdraw from the race in the wake of the scandal.
“The sideshows of this election have gotten in the way of the debate we should be having about the future of this city. And yes, I’m talking about Anthony Weiner. Enough is enough,” de Blasio said in a statement.
When starting his campaign earlier this year, Weiner said he hoped voters would give him a second chance and promised to be an advocate for the working class. However, unfortunately for him, citisens may not be as forgiving as he hopes.
“Voters are going to say, ‘What is wrong with this guy?'” said Douglas Muzzio, a professor of political science at Baruch College. “It demonstrates some kind of real psychological problem.”
“As I have said in the past, these things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress,” Weiner said at the conference.