Anthony Weiner gets back to campaign after new sexting revelations

Former U.S. Congressman from New York and currently Democratic candidate for New York City Mayor Anthony Weiner stops to speak to the media outside his New York City apartment July 24, 2013. Weiner on Tuesday vowed to stay in the race despite admitting sending sexually explicit messages and photos to women even after the online sex chat scandal that cost him his congressional seat. Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar
Anthony Weiner pauses to speak to the media outside his New York City apartment Wednesday.
Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar

A day after confessing that he had lewd conversations online following his resignation, former congressman Anthony Weiner said he will focus on his campaign for mayor.

Weiner told reporters and voters outside his Gramercy Park apartment Wednesday that he was going to prepare for two events: a hearing on the New York City Housing Authority plan for next year, and a forum in the Bronx on education, health care and affordable housing.

“I’m also working on the second edition of my ideas book for ideas for the middle class,” Weiner said, adding later that he believed running was “the right thing to do for the city.”

After The Dirty reported on conversations allegedly between a young woman and Weiner from last summer, he told reporters in a press conference that “some things that have been posted today are true and some are not.”

Later Tuesday, Buzzfeed reported, and was followed by other outlets, that a 22-year-old liberal who identified herself as Sydney Elaine Leathers continued an online relationship with Weiner until November. Their affair began shortly after Weiner resigned in 2011 when she reached out to him to express her disapproval, according to The New York Times.

Following the revelations, several other mayoral candidates asked Weiner to drop out. His main competition, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, said Wednesday the city “deserves a mayor with the maturity and judgement to lead.”

“The circus that Mr. Weiner has brought to the mayor’s race these last two months has been a disservice to New Yorkers who are looking for someone who has the judgment and maturity to lead this city and a record of actually delivering real results for them,” Quinn said in a statement Wednesday.

Quinn added she was going to “ignore the sideshow,” but didn’t call for him to exit the race.

When asked if he was going to drop out, Weiner didn’t answer directly, rather noting many people didn’t want him to run in the first place.

“There have been people who didn’t want me to run from the very beginning,” Weiner said. “But a lot of people have been crying out for someone to talk about issues important to the middle class.”

Weiner said it was “for citizens to decide” whether or not to vote for him based on his character.

“At the end of the day citizens are more interested in the challenge they face in their lives than anything that I have done embarrassing in my past,” Weiner said.

Weiner added that his wife, Huma Abedin, was “doing great” before hopping into a car to go to his campaign office.

With additional reporting by Meredith Engel. Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders(With additional reporting from Meredith Engel)


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