Weiner (or, at least, some part of him) is back in the news

Anthony Weiner

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New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is back in the news. When Weiner left his political office under a cloud of shame due to a ‘sexting’ scandal, he was clear that there were other shady pictures that could make their way to the public’s attention. That day has come.

“This behavior is behind me,” said Weiner in a statement that he released today. He also said , “I apologized to Huma (his spouse) and am grateful that she has worked through these issues with me and for her forgiveness.” Weiner held a press conference today with his wife at his side, fueling speculation that he would announce his withdrawal from the mayoral race — but though he  was apologetic for the distraction and his prior behaviour, and he admitted to sending additional explicit photos and texts to a woman he met online —  he was clear that the incident is in the past. He said “these things that I did were wrong,” and that he still “working through them,”but he is “focused on moving forward” and that he hopes the voters of New York are still willing to give him a second chance.

At this point, it’s a ‘he said, she said’ situation. The recipient of the photos says the correspondence began months after he resigned from Congress in 2011 for similar actions, but Weiner said the photos are not new. Wiener’s wife, Huma Abedein, spoke on his behalf at the press conference about the work involved with getting to a place where she could trust Weiner again. She said that she wanted to “give it a try” and that she has forgiven him.

Weiner is really testing the voters of New York but many may see this as a non-event. Since his announcement that he is running for mayor, Weiner has done well in the polls and has been generally well-received by voters — many of whom never wanted him to vacate his congressional seat when the scandal first broke. A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed that Weiner was leading the pack of candidates and was ahead of the prior front-runner City Council Speaker Christine Quinn 25 to 22 percent. What remains to be seen is how the latest news affects his standing with voters. Weiner says, “this is entirely behind me,” and that he will not quit the New York mayor’s race.

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