Weiner, Wife Band Together, Say Latest Sexting Scandal Is Old News (page 2)
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Weiner allegedly used the pseudonym “Carlos Danger” in the conversations, the website reported.
In one of the cleaner sexts, Weiner reportedly tells the woman: “Sadly my pics are out there to look at. Have you ever?”
The woman replies: “Yes. And I must say I was quite impressed.”
“You are a walking fantasy,” Weiner says in another reported text.
“I don’t want to be just a fantasy,” the woman replies. “I want to take care of your every need.”
Many of the other texts went into graphic details about imagined sex acts between Weiner and the woman – using explicit terms for genitals and sex acts.
The woman claimed that Weiner offered to help her get a condo in the fashionable South Loop section of Chicago “without me asking,” according to “The Dirty.”
Weiner allegedly suggested they could meet and have sexual relations at the condo, the report said.
Weiner also promised the woman a job at a political website, the report added.
The site published a censored picture allegedly supplied by the woman, which she claimed was of Weiner’s genitals.
“I was young and dumb,” the woman told the site. “I just want people to really know he’s lying when he acts like he has changed.”
At the news conference, Weiner dismissed calls for him to withdraw from the mayoral race.
“I’m sure that many of my opponents would like me to drop out of the race,” he told a reporter.
Three mayoral candidates said just that earlier Tuesday afternoon.
“Enough is enough,” tweeted city Comptroller and fellow Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. “I’m calling on Anthony to withdraw from this race — for the good of the city that I know he loves as much as all of us.”
Added Democratic candidate and former City Councilman Sal Albanese: “From the moment he entered the race, I’ve said that Tony Weiner was unfit to serve as mayor of our great city. Today, that is clearer than ever.”
Albanese accused Weiner of having a track record of “misleading” constituents, and “just 49 days before the election, he admits that he misled us again.
“Unfortunately, my other opponents have danced around the issue,” he said in the statement. “I’m not going to do that. I’m calling for Anthony Weiner to do right by New Yorkers and withdraw from the race.”
Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis also called on Weiner should withdraw.
“The Mayor of New York City should be a leader that all the residents of our city, especially our children, can look up to,” Catsimatidis said in a statement. “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.”
The New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women joined the call for Weiner to quit the race.
“As if we didn’t already have enough evidence of Anthony Weiner’s utter lack of judgment, impulse control and honesty, these latest revelations show the degree to which his candidacy distracts us from the important business of choosing the next leader of New York City,” Sonia Ossorio, President of NOW-NYC, said in a news release. “He is clearly and compellingly unfit for public office and the sooner comes to this realization, the better for the people of New York.”
Some pundits also reacted to word of Weiner’s latest sexting scandal.
“It’s jaw-dropping, it’s astounding that this guy continued in his perverse behavior and then expects folks to forgive him for it and vote him into office. It’s just, it’s mind-blowing,” Baruch College political science professor Doug Muzzio told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.
New York City voters also reacted to the latest scandal Tuesday afternoon.
“Personal and politics should be kept separate,” said Jackie Valero of Astoria, Queens, who said she would still consider voting for him.
But Ashley Baharestani of Forest Hills, Queens, was not so sure.
“I think it definitely makes me hesitant as a voter, showing that he’s subject to this controversy again that was settled six months ago, and he’s back at his same actions,” she said. “So I don’t know if I could trust him making decisions for me as a tax paying citizen.”
Experts told CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider that Abedin’s decision to speak out on Tuesday was understandable.
“She has been in this political game for many years, she’s worked with the Clintons, she understands how the game is going and how it works,” sex therapist and relationship expert Dr. Judy Kuriansky said. “It makes perfect sense from her point of view that she forgives him, they’re giving marriage another chance.”
Other New Yorkers said that they admired Abedin’s strength.
“I thought they handled it really well and seemed like they were mending things,” said Marissa Fassano from Crown Heights. “I thought it was private, none of my business and good for them.”
Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011 after tweeting a lewd picture of himself and lying about his account being hacked. He later admitted trading inappropriate messages with several women.
In announcing his run for mayor this past spring, Weiner admitted to “making mistakes and letting many people down.”
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