It’s as if Anthony Weiner couldn’t avoid a sexual-related scandal, since he tweeted pictures of his genitals on Twitter, if his life depended on it. The New York Daily News reported on Thursday that Anthony Weiner, former United States congressman and New York mayoral candidate, has had to apologize again for yet another incident of a sexual nature that occurred while he was seeking signatures for his candidate petition on Saturday.
Anthony Weiner’s X-rated photo released by Anthony of the Opie and Anthony Radio Show (photo links)
On Saturday, Weiner was in public attempting to get signatures on his petition when an older woman passed by and Weiner asked if she was Democrat. She said she was and then said that she wasn’t voting for the “dyke” – referring to openly lesbian candidate who is also running for mayor of New York City.
The brief word-exchange with the woman and Weiner occurred in Forest Hills, Queens – the area of New York City where Weiner resides. On Thursday, the politician’s reaction to the woman using the word dyke to describe Ms. Quinn became public via The Washington Post.
Specifically, the elderly woman wheeling a shopping cart had told Weiner that she’s not voting for what’s her name – and after being unable to think of Quinn’s name, she said “the dyke.”
Weiner said, “Okay.” Then he told the woman that he just needed her to sign the petition to get him on the ballot. After looking at The Washington Post’s reporter, he told the woman that she really shouldn’t talk that way about people. After the woman said, “Oh, I’m sorry,” Weiner said, “It’s okay, it’s not your fault.”
The fallout began for Weiner when two openly gay Manhattan Democrats who support Quinn’s candidacy – Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick – released a statement on Thursday which accused Weiner of not having the “moral courage” to address the situation with the woman.
Weiner insists he handled the incident well and has zero tolerance for anti-gay slurs. He stressed his record for supporting gays, including his support for gay relationships dating back to the 1990s.
Weiner stands by his claim that he admonished the woman for using the derogatory term. In Weiner’s own words he said:
I admonished the woman amid a large crowd on a street corner and by no means believe that anything about her comment was appropriate. If the impression is that I did, I apologize because behavior like this will absolutely not be tolerated in my administration.
The debate over free speech versus political correctness’ possible over-sensitivity of the incident continues since it wasn’t Weiner who used the word. Again, the offensive word was used by an elderly woman and not uttered by Weiner.