NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Say what you want about Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign, but it has been anything but boring. And the final hours before the polls close for the Democratic primary have been no different.
In a combative interview on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” on Monday night, host Lawrence O’Donnell bluntly asked Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 amid a sexting scandal, “What is wrong with you?”
After asking O’Donnell what he meant by the question, the host replied: “What is wrong with you that you cannot seem to imagine a life without elective office?”
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Weiner shot back: “That’s ridiculous.”
For months, the Democrat has been swarmed by the media asking about his personal indiscretions — namely his racy tweets and online chats — and his relationship with his wife, Huma Abedin, who stood by his side and defended him during a news conference seven weeks ago but was nowhere in sight Tuesday, CBS 2′s Jessica Schneider reported.
Abedin has not campaigned with her husband in weeks, leading to questions about the health of their marriage. He brought his son, Jordan, with him into the voting booth Tuesday.
Weiner said his wife was supposed to accompany him to the polls, but she got tied up with a work call.
Weiner, once the Democratic front-runner, has fallen dramatically in the polls. A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday showed him in fourth place with just 6 percent of likely Democratic voters supporting him.
As his numbers have plummeted, Weiner has shown more signs of frustration. He famously got into a shouting match last week with a heckler who called him “disgusting” at a bakery, to which Weiner replied, “It takes one to know one, jackass.”
And then Monday night, Weiner snapped at Schneider during a campaign stop in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
“These people are going to vote. You can try to predict what they’re going to do, or sit back and report it like it’s news,” Weiner told Schneider. “They’re going to choose the candidate that’s shown they can really stand up and fight, even when they’re asked questions that don’t make a lot of sense by reporters.”
Weiner compared his mayoral run to the Jets’ game Sunday. With less than a minute to play, the team appeared to have little hope of winning, but then squeaked out an unlikely victory on a 48-yard field goal.
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