Late Tuesday evening, New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted to reporters at a press conference that he had indeed been involved in a sexting dialogue with a woman other than his wife after the penis photo and sexting scandal that resulted in his resignation from Congress in June 2011. Although he never admitted to being “Carlos Danger,” the pseudonym that has been alleged to have been his handle in the latest sexting scandal, he said he believed that the last time he sent a message was “sometime last summer, I think.”
Open admission or not to specifics, the details have lined up to show that Carlos Danger and Anthony Weiner are one and the same…
“I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have,” he stated, according to the Associated Press (via Yahoo News) on July 24.
Actually, Weiner’s “today” began the day before. On Monday, Arizona-based gossip website The Dirty published not only another photo of Anthony Weiner’s penis but a shower of explicit and suggestive texts that he, allegedly under the handle “Carlos Danger,” sent to a 22-year-old coed that The Dirty said wished to remain anonymous.
Still, during the conference, Weiner told the press that those days are behind him now.
“Some of these things happened before my resignation, some of them happened after,” Weiner said, according to MSNBC.com. “But the fact is that was also the time that my wife and I were working through some things in our marriage.”
The sexually explicit text messages continued even after Weiner resigned his position as a representative of New York. His wife, Huma Abedin, a former aide for Hillary Clinton, had been pregnant with the couple’s first child at the time.
She supported him then and she was there to support him at the hastily arranged press conference at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis headquarters, an HIV-advocacy organization, in New York City. She appeared rather stiff but said: “It look a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony. It was not an easy choice in any way but I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage.”
Anthony also made it clear he would remain in the race to be New York City’s next mayor.
He said he wanted to bring his “vision” to the city of New York and that he hoped people would “continue to give me a second chance, and I hope that they realize in many ways what happened today was something that frankly had happened before, but it doesn’t represent all that much that is new.”
The problem, in the end, might not be Anthony Weiner’s vision for New York but New Yorkers’ vision of him. The self-exposure of both Weiner and of his alias, Carlos Danger, and that the former congressman continued to carry on an Internet sexting relationship with a young woman even after his career was ruined by much the same behavior, even after he resigned from Congress, and even after he entered into counseling with his wife — might be more than the people of New York City are willing to endure.
Even the New York Times has suggested that he withdraw from the mayoral race, noting in an editorial that Weiner “should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the Web and out of the race for mayor of New York City.”
But that remains to be seen. The City holds its mayoral election on November 5.