Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal leads to campaign complications

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July 31, 2013

New York

By Megan Busse

NEW YORK CITY,New York:Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner faces a campaign setback as more reports of inappropriate online conversations and explicit pictures emerge following 2011’s similar scandal.

Weiner is a former congressman from New York who resigned two years ago over explicit pictures and conversations he carried on with women online. Weiner was married at the time and since then has welcomed a child with wife, Huma Abedin.[1]

According to Wiener, “I have said that other texts and photos are likely to come out, and today they have. There is no question that what I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me. I have apologized to my wife Huma.”[1]

In another interview he elaborated, adding, “You must remember this isn't something that happened yesterday. For us, this is an issue that's over a year old. And we'd gotten to this really great place with each other and we'd put it behind us to a place where we felt comfortable enough to move ahead to run for mayor. For us, this was a distant event. That doesn't change the fact that it's very hard to have it come up again,”[2]

According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, only 16% of likely Democratic voters said they would vote for Weiner—ten points lower than a July 24 poll that he led.[3] Despite these low poll numbers, Weiner says he will not drop out of the race, explaining “Quit isn’t how we roll in New York City.”[4]