Former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner has taken quite a beating since announcing his candidacy for New York City mayor this week. Latest news circling the disgraced ex-congressman involves yet another photo scandal gone viral across the Web. It seems Weiner’s campaign technology firm, NGP VAN, is a bit foggy when it comes city skylines, confusing a shot of Pittsburgh for New York. The original banner, featured briefly on Weiner’s campaign website, was immediately scrutinized by various media outlets and eventually removed from the public eye.
In addition to the photo blunder, Weiner received an onslaught of disapproving comments from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and ex-porn star Ginger Lee, one of the women named in the sexting scandal that led to Weiner’s resignation from Congress two years ago.
“Shame on us,” Cuomo declared after Syracuse Media Group chairman, Stephen A. Rogers, asked how the governor felt if Weiner were to win the mayoral race.
While Cuomo’s comment was apparently made in jest, according to a Cuomo aid, Politicker reported a more detailed statement from Lee regarding Weiner’s attempt at a political comeback.
“I do not think Anthony Weiner should run for Mayor of New York City because even now, nearly two years after this story broke, there are still details relating to other women that have not been exposed.”
Weiner warned that more women might come forward with new photos or information about his previous online infidelity, a possibility that draws skepticism from voters and fellow politicians alike. In fact, New York Rep. Charles Rangel also weighed in on Weiner’s future as mayor, stating that the ex-congressman doesn’t have a shot.
In an interview with WNYC-FM, Weiner commented about further attempts to smear his campaign.
“It is what it is. People may decide they want to come forward and say, here’s another email that I got or another photo. I’m certainly not going to do that. So people may hear things that are true, they may hear things that are not true, but I’m going to try to keep being focused on issues that are important to New York City.”
Weiner continues his public appearances throughout the city in an effort to thwart concerns about his previous scandal and shed light on New York’s most important issues. While it appears Mr. Weiner has an uphill battle, his plethora of apologies and tremendous media attention makes for an interesting start to his campaign.
“There may be people who say they will never vote for me and I get that,” the Daily News quoted. “But I am encouraged by how many people want to give me a second chance.”