NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A day after Anthony Weiner’s poll numbers plunged to fourth place among Democrats in the race for New York City mayor, the candidate released a video reiterating his stance that he will not be withdrawing any time soon.
Weiner released a new campaign video saying once again that he won’t quit the race. The one-minute video was posted on his campaign’s website Tuesday evening.
Speaking directly into the camera, the former congressman addressed politicians and newspaper editors who have said he should quit.
“Sometimes people say to me, ‘You know, this campaign is pretty rough. You may want to quit.’ I know that there are newspaper editors and other politicians that say, ‘Boy, I wish that guy Weiner would quit,’” he said in the clip. “They don’t know New York. They certainly don’t know me. ‘Quit’ isn’t the way we roll in New York City. We fight through tough things. We’re a tough city.”
He reiterated that the campaign should not be about him.
“This is about helping New Yorkers, because they understand this is about them, and this campaign has reminded me of that again and again, in all kinds of ways,” Weiner said. “You know, if someone wants to come out with something embarrassing about you in your private life, you’ve got to talk about that for a while. But it’s also reminded me that citizens, when they come up to you, and they want to talk about a situation on their block, or at their child’s school, or something going on at their job site, that that’s what this campaign is all about – and I’ll never forget that.”
It was not clear when the video was taped, but 1010 WINS reported that television equipment was seen coming and going from his Park Avenue South apartment on Sunday.
Earlier Tuesday, Weiner kept up his campaign schedule, speaking on a panel of mayoral candidates about issues facing small business owners.
Eight candidates for mayor at the forum agreed that small business is fined, taxed and abused.
“There are a lot of people who are saying a lot of things about this campaign and that’s great, but I’m most concerned about the residents of the five boroughs,” Weiner told reporters afterwards.
In a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, Weiner’s support fell from 26 percent last week to 16 percent. Last week’s survey was taken largely before Weiner’s latest sexting scandal was revealed.