Anthony Weiner, 'Carlos Danger,' and the tawdry opera of a new scandal (+video)
Anthony Weiner, forced from Congress in 2011 because of a sexting scandal, admitted Tuesday that the behavior didn't end until last year. For the New York mayoral hopeful, it is damaging drama.
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"Anthony's made some horrible mistakes, both before he resigned from Congress, and after," said a visibly nervous Ms. Abedin at Tuesday's new conference at Gay Men’s Health Crisis headquarters in Manhattan. "But I do very strongly believe that that is between us, and our marriage. We discussed all of this before Anthony decided he would run for mayor. So really what I want to say is, I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him, and as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward."Skip to next paragraph
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Again admitting her husband's dalliances continued after his resignation from Congress, Abedin, who was pregnant with their first child during the 2011 scandal, said their marriage has "had its ups and its downs."
"It took a lot of work, and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony," she said. "It was not an easy choice, in any way, but 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."
Yet the 22-year-old woman's further allegations could provide an obstacle to the young power-couple's political ambitions. Weiner allegedly suggested in a Formspring chat that he would try to get her an apartment at a specific address in Chicago.
The chat also suggests he would look into a job for her at Politico. "but do me a solid. can you hard delete all our chats here," Weiner allegedly said.
Less than 24 hours after the scandal broke Tuesday, Weiner has given no indication he will withdraw from the mayoral contest. "With 49 days left until primary day, I'm surprised that more things didn't come out sooner," he said.
"I want to bring my vision to the people of the city of New York," he continued. "I hope they're willing to still 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."
A host of New York-based publications have excoriated the former congressman, however, and calls for Weiner to leave the race – and even public life altogether – are beginning to mount.
"At some point, the full story of Anthony Weiner and his sexual relationships and texting habits will finally be told," said an editorial in The New York Times. "In the meantime, the serially evasive Mr. 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."
[Editor's note: The original version of this story did not have the correct spelling for Huma Abedin.]