NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City mayoral candidate and disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer he’s fit – physically and mentally – for office.
Weiner declined however to release his medical records, and said he wouldn’t seek or release some form of certification as to his mental health.
Weiner has spoken repeatedly about the extensive therapy he underwent in the wake of the sexting scandal that prompted his resignation from Congress. The sexting behavior continued after he quit Congress. Weiner says it is now behind him. He said he wouldn’t disclose what – if any – diagnosis emerged from his therapy.
The disclosure of additional sexting chats after he resigned from Congress sent Weiner’s poll numbers plummeting, prompted numerous calls for him to quit, and ultimately led to the resignation of his campaign manager.
“Some people are wondering if you would be willing to release your medical records on the theory that New Yorkers have the right to know whether you’re medically fit to be mayor, whether you have a letter from a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a therapist that would say you’re mentally able to do the job?” Kramer asked Weiner in a one-on-one meeting last Friday.
“My medical records, to the extent that they are, show that I am pretty fit and I am skinnier than I should be but I can handle myself,” Weiner said. “People have plenty of information about things in my background and my personal failings, which are profound. More than any other candidate, I think that would be fair to say.”
“You might be asking me to be the first mayoral candidate in New York City history to prove their mental fitness,” Weiner said. “I don’t know if that question has been asked about other candidates.”
“So you think that that is an unfair question?” Kramer asked.
“You get to decide what questions are fair and unfair,” Weiner replied.
Weiner said that the sexting behavior, even the incidents which took place after he resigned from Congress is a “year or so old, it’s not new anymore and it’s not going on today.”
“The ongoing questions that I seem to hear when you talk to people, they wonder whether – what was the diagnosis when you went to therapy? Were you diagnosed, was there any medical reason?” Kramer asked.
“I think I have answered, Marcia,” Weiner said. “I think I have answered a lot of questions about this subject.”
“You know, you want some magic diagnosis and I don’t know that you’re ever going to be satisfied with the answer that I give. It is an embarrassing thing that I did, it is in my background, it was a time in my life that was difficult, it is something that is now well behind me and that isn’t going on any more. After that, you have to draw your own conclusion.”
“I think the reason people continue to ask the question is that it happened after you said it wasn’t going to happen any more,” Kramer said. “And so they want to be assured that if they vote for you for mayor that it’s not going to happen again.”
“Well, look, I get that,” Weiner said. “I said to you when we sat down in April that these things had gone on in my background. I told you what they were. I was pretty honest about it, I said this had gone for an extended period of time. I said it was in my rearview mirror, but not far in my rearview mirror, and I said my wife had forgiven me and we had worked through it and we had worked through these things and now they were done. That is and was true.”
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