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In New York, all eyes on Anthony Weiner scandal

July 25, 2013


imagesNEW YORK — The television cameras were ready, microphones lined the podium, and reporters pointed their digital recorders at Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn as she began her highly anticipated Wednesday morning news conference.

“We’re here today to talk about three proposals that will make commuting New Yorkers’ lives easier,” she started.

“You’re killing us,” interrupted Marcia Kramer, the dean of local television news reporters.

“I know,” Quinn said gleefully.

The reporters — and most of New York, really — wanted to talk only about Anthony Weiner.

The previous evening, with his wife, Huma Abedin, beside him and speaking in support, Weiner acknowledged in a remarkable, and remarkably awkward, news conference that he had continued to send explicit messages and lewd photos of his anatomy to young women on the Internet after being forced to resign from his House seat for the same kind of behavior. Among the revelations was that Weiner used the name “Carlos Danger” as his moniker during his communication.

The explicit messaging occurred as Weiner was well into his political comeback tour in preparation for jumping into the race for New York mayor. He soon became a front-runner.

But now his rivals, who had been reluctant to so much as utter Weiner’s name, wanted to talk of little else. They called on him to leave the campaign and questioned his judgment and integrity.

At a debate in the Bronx, one Latino mayoral candidate said Weiner’s use of the amorous pen name Carlos Danger reflected poorly on Hispanics. Another rival called him a distraction from middle-class issues, prompting Weiner to respond that his accuser was “playing to the cameras.” Everyone, including Weiner, cracked up when he was asked if he prefers Facebook or Twitter. The cameras clicked.

Weiner, who over his career has delighted in media coverage, was getting run over by it.The media scrum around him dwarfed those that orbit presidential candidates. Read more in the Washington Post.


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