Wife at His Side, Weiner Admits to More Online Sex Chats

The New York City mayoral candidate stands firm as new revelations emerge

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New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted Tuesday that his inappropriate online sexual chats with women did not end with his resignation from Congress in 2011, after new copies of explicit conversations were released to the public by an anonymous tipster. “I have said that other texts and photos are likely to come out, and today they have,” Weiner said at an afternoon press conference. “There is no question that what I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me. I have apologized to my wife Huma.”

Weiner called the press conference after a gossip site, The Dirty, posted screenshots of salacious conversations between Weiner, writing under the pseudonyms Carlos Danger and Dangr33, and an anonymous woman on Facebook and another social-networking site, Formspring. The posted conversations included explicit descriptions of sexual acts by Weiner, yet another photograph of Weiner’s penis, as well as flirtations and words of praise from the woman. “Specifically your health care rants were a huge turn on,” the woman wrote in one of the messages.

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Weiner admitted the authenticity of the posts at the press conference, while also saying not everything that had been reported about his interactions was true. He declined to specify the inaccuracies. “I’m not going to get into a back-and-forth with people who are releasing whatever they want,” he said. He also dismissed the relevance of the details, saying they were no different than the behavior that had already come out. “To some degree, with 49 days left until primary day, perhaps I’m surprised that more things did not come out sooner,” he said. “In many ways things are not that much different than they were yesterday.”

Early in the campaign, Weiner had warned that more salacious behavior could emerge. “People may decide they want to come forward and say, Here’s another e-mail that I got or another photo,” he told local radio station WNYC-FM in May.

But the real question Weiner needed to address was timing. The Dirty reported that the anonymous leaker of the conversations said her relationship with Weiner ended as recently as November 2012, more than a year after Weiner resigned from Congress because of similar indiscretions. In July of 2012, Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin gave an interview to People magazine, claiming that their problems were behind them. “I’m very happy in my present life,” Weiner said in that interview. “Anthony has spent every day since [the scandal] trying to be the best dad and husband he can be,” added Abedin. The anonymous tipster told The Dirty she first started talking to Weiner on July 12, 2012. The interview in People ran a week later.

During the press conference, Weiner acknowledged that the most recent online relationship was ongoing last summer, putting it around the time of the People interview. But Weiner said the timing of the behavior was irrelevant. “The resignation was not a point in time that was nearly as important to my wife and me as the challenges in our marriage,” he said. “Some of these things happened before my resignation, some of them happened after, but the fact is that is time when my wife and I were working through things in our marriage. I’m glad these things are behind us.”

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It is possible that the timing will not matter much to average voters. “Weiner is correct in saying there is nothing new here,” says Kenneth Sherrill, professor emeritus of political science at Hunter College in New York City. “For those who haven’t made up their minds, I don’t think they are as concerned with the question of when he stopped doing it. The issue is whether they are going to be concerned with his doing it at all. In a crazy way, this may end up generating sympathy for him among a certain group of voters who get the impression the press beating up on him.”

Nearly as notable as Weiner’s admission Tuesday was the emergence of Abedin as a vocal defender of her husband in spite of his past behavior. She stood beside Weiner with a smile on her face as he made his opening statements, and in a surprising turn, took the podium to make her own moving speech that will be the defining moment of the campaign. “I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage, that was a decision I made for me, for our son, and for our family,” she said, reading from a prepared speech. “Anthony has made some terrible mistakes, both before he resigned from Congress and after, but I do truly believe that is between us.” She said she loved him and had forgiven him.

Some political observers suggested that Abedin’s extraordinary performance could end up salvaging the hopes of Weiner’s mayoral campaign. If Weiner continues to thrive, “the fact that his wife spoke today will have saved the campaign,” says Basil Smikle, a New York political consultant and former top campaign aide to Hillary Clinton. (Abedin is a longtime aide to Clinton.) “It may be that she has in a way inoculated him,” says Sherrill, who believes that Abedin’s performance may end up generating “an awful lot of sympathy for the two of them” that may even help Weiner “emerge as a stronger candidate as a result.”

Until Tuesday, things had been going relatively smoothly for Weiner. In early polls, he has appeared as one of the two front-runners in the seven-candidate race, along with city-council speaker Christine Quinn. In the most recent poll from Siena College and the New York Times, 59% of voters said they were willing to give Weiner another chance, which may or may not change. “Time is going to tell obviously,” says Sherrill, “but I think he might get away with it.”

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30 comments
ahandout
ahandout

Democrats love a big swinging Weiner.

releggneh
releggneh

Carlos Danger is trying to get a grasp of the situation. Maybe he should loosen his grip, quit politics and go work for Hustler. He'd at least get paid for showing his wiener.

Hermione
Hermione

I don't care about this man's sex life.

What I care about is politicians minding their own beeswax, esp. when it comes to everybody else's private affairs.

Jaloney_Caldwell
Jaloney_Caldwell

It's totally up to his wife to forgive him if she wishes. I have no idea if her motives are selfless or selfish or foolish and neither does anyone else. The problem to me is simply the guy's behavior. If as a married man you don't have the self control to stop sending pictures of your weiner to women young enough to be your daughter, after being caught doing it once already and gone through the whole modern apology/therapy ritual, you can't be trusted. That is not some wild inference based on 'puritanism'. It's just common sense. And what's so special about this guy otherwise for voters to ignore that giant warning sign?

JohnDahodi
JohnDahodi

Shame on you Huma Abedi, you have spoiled the name of Indian Women in particular and all women in general by supporting the serial SEX OFFENDER. Wiener is not fit for your husband; he is fit for rehabilitation in some health center. Looks like you are under tremendous pressure from Wiener or his groups, otherwise you would not have defended the ugly, immoral and anti-women person on national T.V. 

ThomasMc
ThomasMc

I couldn't care less about his sex life, or his fantasy sex life, but his inability to learn from his own mistakes disqualifies him from office.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Weiner rises; Weiner stands firm; Weiner's resolve stiffens after repeatedly plunging into dark places, then emerges to spit defiance.

No.  This is not porn!


SET55
SET55

The sexual activity between a man and his wife is their business.  Lewd acts such as he committed is not a private matter when he's running for public office.  The reasons that such behavior should be of concern to voters are (1) these types of activities make him and others like him vulnerable to blackmail and pressure by special interest groups and  (2) indicate their lack of morality and honesty (and do we really need any more of those types of people in political office). 

aztecian
aztecian

what weiner and wife do is their business.  why should we care.  this is separate and private issue from his political views and record.  he made it to the top based on his record.

MarioMorin
MarioMorin

He shouldnot be running for public office, instead he should seek help and fix these issues. Public Office should be 

held by respectable, honest individuals.  He needs to go away and out of the public eye.  Enough of this nonsense !

Denesius
Denesius

what a pathetic blob of protoplasm

PavloDarcangellis
PavloDarcangellis

Oh, I'd love to be an Oscar Mayor weener.
That is who I wish to be
Beause if I were an Oscar Mayor wiener,
Everyone would look at my peepee

Oh, I'm glad I'm not an Oscar Mayor weener
Even though I tried to get voted to be
Cause if I were an Oscar Mayor weener
Constituents would know I am not Giuliani

peggygravel
peggygravel

I'm not trying to be funny but is he ill? He looks like he has facial wasting from HIV medication.

sunandmoons
sunandmoons

Why Weiner should not be Mayor


  1. All jokes aside he has a real addiction to exhibitionism ( he MUST publicly show his male organ)

  2. He lied the first time he was caught sending pictures of his male organ

  3. He is an egoist who would not resign from congress after sending the first pics, it was George Bush who threw him out of congress.

  4. After finally confessing “He admitted he needed help”

  5. As late as last summer(one year after being thrown out of congress) he started sending more nude sex pics to a new girl

  6. I am tired of these weak wives bring dragged on stage with(no backbone) choosing money and fame over morals

  7. Weiner is a very sick man with an addiction, he needs help, if he were in the Mayor's office in NYC it would be the ultimate high for him to get a picture of his “peniz” on the Grace Mansion office table, this would be the gold medal for an exhibitionist   

kathy
kathy

Weiner's biggest problem here is not infidelity, but that the behavior is so embarrassing and juvenile.  

 Huma is wrong, in saying it is a problem only in her marriage.  This is a man who is not able to control a compulsion in the face of losing his job and nearly losing his marriage.  He should not be entrusted with the people's business.

DwDunphy
DwDunphy

How badly did they want the subtitle to be "Weiner Stands Firm"?


Look, it may be one thing to be a guy on your own out there doing this. You can even be running for political office. But the way he dragged his wife out into the public with this is mortifying. He clearly has no conception of the hurt and embarrassment he willfully causes her. But his ego is apparently the only thing he's capable of not exposing to criticism.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

How masochistic must NYC voters be to elect Weiner? It will be a never ending soap opera. 

Piacevole
Piacevole

@aztecian Now his "record" shows extremely bad judgment or compulsive behavior, take your choice.

Is this really one of the qualifications to be mayor of New york City, and is there in the entire population of that city not someone who does NOT exhibit ( repeatedly) these traits?  The real question is, why doesn't he go out and get an honest job, and quit trying to foist his peccadilloes off on the public?  Who needs an exhibitionist for a mayor?

notsacredh
notsacredh

@peggygravel, no, he's just fighting to keep his mouth shut because he knows that if he opens it, he's going to stick his foot in it. 

Piacevole
Piacevole

@Paul,nnto Isn't Coney Island the birthplace of the hot dog eating contest?  Maybe he could be mayor of Coney Island.

aztecian
aztecian

@Piacevole @aztecian this is b.s.  clinton had a vibrant sexual life and it didn't get us into war, best economy and leader since end of ww2.  serious leaders just have to exercise their sexual prowess.  maybe the obstructionist-racebaiters should open on some fun once in a while.  then maybe they could get something done.

Piacevole
Piacevole

@sacredh @peggygravel At the least, his foot.  If his spine is as flexible as his judgment, maybe he can manage something more entertaining.

Piacevole
Piacevole

@aztecian @Piacevole Bill Clinton had a sex life, sure, and could have exercised more discretion about it.  But Weiner, having been caught exhibiting his genitals on the internet, proceeded to make the same mistakes again.  

Tell me: If that had been a woman doing the same thing, would it have been a case of "serious leaders exercising" sexual prowess?"  Or would it be your standard sbcs?



notsacredh
notsacredh

Weiner is a perfect candidate for a purple state.

notsacredh
notsacredh

I cannot and will not sit idly by while this discrimination against Penis-Americans takes place. We have to stand up for our rights.