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Fellow Candidates, Newspapers To Weiner – Drop Out Now
Many of Weiner’s opponents – as well as the city’s major newspapers – have called on him to quit the race after additional sexting messages surfaced Tuesday like the one that destroyed his congressional career.
At the Bronx Community College mayoral forum, other candidates — including fellow Democrat and city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio — said Weiner is distracting people from the issues.
“We cannot have a serious debate on the issues facing us so long as this sideshow continues,” de Blasio said.
De Blasio said if Weiner wants to do the right thing, he needs to step aside.
“I think he has to step aside for the good of New York City,” de Blasio said.
Democratic candidate Bill Thompson echoed de Blasio’s points.
“This has become a distraction and a continual distraction, and it is getting worse,” Thompson said. “You say it’s a distraction – should he withdraw? Consensus has emerged that Anthony should not run.”
Democratic candidate and city Comptroller John Liu stopped short of saying Weiner should quit the race.
“I haven’t said he should withdraw. I think anyone can and should run,” he said. “But the issue of him taking pictures of himself — I think that’s valid issue for voters to consider.”
Liu earlier referred to the photos Weiner has taken as “pornographic selfies.”
Democratic candidate the Rev. Erick Salgado also slammed Weiner for the use of the name “Carlos Danger.”
On Tuesday, Democratic candidate and former City Councilman Sal Albanese was the first to ask Weiner to drop out.
“He’s done it again,” Albanese said. “How many times can you mislead people?”
“I think that there is a consensus that is forming across New York that Anthony Weiner should not run and I think it is important for him to put the people of the city of New York first, and not himself. So yes, I would say he should not run,” Thompson told WCBS 880′s Steve Scott on Wednesday.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, also a leading mayoral candidate, released a statement Wednesday that stopped just short of calling for Weiner to get out of the race.
“The circus that Mr. Weiner has brought to the mayor’s race these last two months has been a disservice to New Yorkers who are looking for someone who has the judgment and maturity to lead this City and a record of actually delivering real results for them,” Quinn said. “Being the Mayor of New York is serious business and it demands a serious leader. Instead we have seen a pattern of reckless behavior, consistently poor judgment, and difficulty with the truth. New Yorkers deserve something completely different: they deserve a mayor who has the judgment, maturity, record, and vision to lead this City.”
Republican candidate John Catsimatidis also said Weiner should go.
“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.”
In an editorial posted online Tuesday, The New York Times said, “the serially evasive” Weiner “should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the Web and out of the race for mayor of New York City.”
In an editorial Wednesday, the Daily News said: “He is not fit to lead America’s premier city. Lacking the dignity and discipline that New York deserves in a mayor, Weiner must recognize that his demons have no place in City Hall.”