Anthony Weiner says New York City is “stuck with” him despite the lamest sex scandal of all time, and even though he has been caught sexting since his initial “fall from grace,” the former House Representative for Brooklyn and Queens isn’t going down without a fight. Ahem.
In 2011, Anthony Weiner tearfully allowed a scandal in part pushed forward by the late Andrew Breitbart to end his term in the House — but soon vowed a return to politics, this time in a race for New York City mayor.
Now Weiner tells the Staten Island Advance that the sexting scandals are actually going to make him a better mayor — and he seems pretty reasonably sure he’s going to win that battle.
“I’m going to be a successful mayor because of it, because it’s going to give me a level of independence… I’m not constructing a campaign around the approval of my peers. I’m constructing a campaign around the aspirations of my neighbors.”
Weiner did speak candidly about wife Huma Abedin, and how it has been painful for him to see her “savaged” this week after Weinergate 2.0 broke. He said:
“She speaks from a position you don’t… She’s the victim here. The things I did, I did to her. She’s the one that’s uniquely in a position to say, ‘This was done to me.’ So it hurts to see her ridiculed like this… It was harmful to my wife and disrespected her. I’ll never stop being sorry to her and to the many people I compounded it with by being dishonest about it.”
The mayoral hopeful also denied “sex addiction,” saying:
“Addiction has a clinical meaning and I’ve been told it doesn’t apply here.”
But Anthony Weiner seemed to definitively answer the question on everyone’s lips as the scandal continues to rage, and confirms that he refuses to drop out of the race — telling the paper: “You’re stuck with me.”
Do you think Anthony Weiner’s personal sexting habit should be a matter between him and Abedin?