Anthony Weiner, the married, former congressman who served from 1999 to 2011, whose career was derailed by a scandal involving explicit photographs he took of himself and then made available to a woman he had met on Twitter, according to the New York Times, and then derailed again after being caught communicating with a woman on dating site using the name “Carlos Danger,” as reported by the Inquisitr. Weiner resigned as a result of the first affair, and the second destroyed his hopes of a 2013 mayoral win.
Josh Kriegman, a former chief of staff for Weiner and Elyse Steinberg, an experienced filmmaker, were offered the chance to produce an Anthony Weiner documentary following his election campaign for mayor of New York, according to the New York Times. Then, perhaps unbelievably, the politician found himself embroiled in another electronic communications scandal, involving the use of the pseudonym “Carlos Danger” on an online dating site, but allowed the making of the documentary to continue.
When Kriegman and Steinberg set out to make a film about Weiner, which is entitled, simply, Weiner (2016), they had no idea that another scandal was going to erupt.
Weiner (2016) is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, held over the last 10 days of January at four separate Utah venues: Sundance, Park City, Ogden, and Salt Lake City. The Anthony Weiner film is scheduled to open in regular theaters on May 20, 2016, and be available on Showtime before the fall 2016 presidential elections.
Further complicating Anthony Weiner’s actions, which is reported to be addressed in Weiner(2016), his wife, Huma Abedin, is described as Hillary Clinton’s “closest aide” and to have worked alongside the Democratic presidential poll-leader since she was 19. The film is said to come at an “uncomfortable time” for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. It has been noted that Hillary Clinton has been the subject of similar “public humiliation and political scandal.”
The Weiner documentary is reported to closely follow Abedin’s ability to forgive her husband’s first marital transgressions and her role in his bid for election in the New York mayoral race, which she was reported to have strongly encouraged so that she could “get her life back that I had taken from her,” as Anthony Weiner was said to have stated.
Republicans have questioned work arrangements made between Huma Abedin and Clinton when they were together at the U.S. State Department and have, unsuccessfully, attempted to motivate courts to make her emails and employment records available publicly. Republican poll front-runner Donald Trump is reported to have made light of Former President Bill Clinton’s past scandals and attempted to portray Hillary Clinton as an “enabler:” Weiner (2016) and a revisit to Carlos Danger will not likely help the former Secretary of State in this regard, and has been described as a source of “heightened anxiety” for both Clinton and Abedin.
Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin are said to have requested to see the Weiner documentary ahead of its Sundance premiere, but to have been denied. Once scene in the movie is said to depict Abedin being pressured to choose between her husband and working with Clinton. Another scene is said to include Abedin sweet-talking campaign donors on the telephone.
“How was the engagement?” Abedin is reported to be seen stating on the telephone to a campaign contributor. “I want all the details!”
Once she hang up, her manner is said to change quickly, “His wife is going to max out, and he’ll try to raise another five.”
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