Tuesday, July 30, Anthony Weiner released a new ad for his mayoral campaign, online. Wife, Huma Abedin, transition office chief to Hillary Clinton, is noticeably absent in this ad, except for a wedding photo in the background. However, Weiner insists he will not quit in his new ad, according to ABC’s Lindsey Davis on Wednesday, July 31. Though clearly others in his party beg him to reconsider, the besieged mayoral candidate replies, “Quit isn’t the way we roll in New York City.”
Huma, reportedly, had been advised not to appear in her husband’s new ad, though it seems it took little to dissuade her to make an appearance. She had appeared beside him, publicly showing her support in earlier campaigns. Most recently, Ms. Abedin made a statement pledging to stand by Weiner, disclosing that she had forgiven him for the sexting scandal, as reported on Good Morning America earlier this week.
“You know, sometimes people say to me ‘This campaign is pretty rough. You may want to quit,’” says Weiner. “I know that there are newspaper editors and other politicians that say, ‘Boy I wish that guy Weiner would quit.’ They don’t know New York … Certainly don’t know me.”
He believes that the sexting scandal which seems to be the only thing that too many people want to talk about will soon blow over. “Someone wants to come out with something embarrassing about you in your private life, you gotta talk about that for awhile,” he admits. But, angry voters accost him, demanding that he explain why he refuses to step down. To their, sometimes hostile, inquiries he stands firm. Weiner recently replied to a retired policeman who questioned his resolve, “Sir, I say to you in all due respect, if you don’t like to vote for me, do not vote for me. But, don’t deny these people the right to vote … because they want to.”
Overnight, reactions to the former congressman’s decision to continue his bid for New York City mayor were not helped by various other distractions that refocused the public’s attention in other directions, instead. Twenty-three-year-old Cindy Leathers, one of Weiner’s online sexting partners, described in an interview with Howard Stern last night, “He had a lot of fantasies … as far as, like, he loved me in heels … loved pictures of me in heels.” TPM (Talking Points Memo) headlined “Top Weiner Aide Trashes Intern Who Wrote Tell-All.” TPM quoted Barbara Morgan, Weiner’s communications director, who ranted with a liberal helping of profanity over an article written for the New York Daily News by a former campaign intern, telling all about the campaign.
Despite it all, Weiner is described as being surprised that people are so interested in his scandal and other compromising detractions. He does not understand why they are not letting it all go. But, he is determined not to leave the race. He will not quit.