The most interesting thing about Weiner’s latest revelation is that the New York City mayoral candidate’s behavior occurred well after he resigned his House seat for the same behavior. Indeed according to his most recent (that we know of) sexting partner, “Carlos Danger” was back in action last summer while presumably contemplating his big political comeback. This raises a few questions. First, is this a tacit acknowledgement by Weiner that the House has higher standards than Gracie Mansion? After engaging in this these bizarre acts he resigned from Congress, but after repeating them he runs for NYC Mayor. Second, Weiner has said on the campaign trail that he’s spent the last two years trying to regain his wife’s trust. Were last summer’s online exchanges an example of how he does that? Third, does anyone believe he doesn’t have any current online playmates? And finally, will any of this matter? Will New Yorkers elect him anyway? I hope they do. I don’t live there and, let’s face it, between Carlos Danger and Client No. 9, the blogging possibilities will be endless. Via the AP:
New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted on Tuesday to sending additional explicit photos and texts to a woman he met online _ correspondence she says began months after he resigned from Congress for similar behavior.
The allegation could severely test voters’ willingness to forgive Weiner, who has said he spent the two years since the scandal trying to make things right with his wife and earn redemption.
Weiner, who resigned his House seat in June 2011 after acknowledging having sexual conversations with at least a half-dozen women, has been near the top of most mayoral polls since his late entry into the race this spring.
“I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out and today they have,” said Weiner in a statement released by his campaign. “I want to again say that I am very sorry to anyone who was on the receiving end of these messages and the disruption this has caused.”
Weiner did not say when the newly revealed exchanges occurred, but he said his behavior created “challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation.”
The new lewd correspondence was posted Monday by the gossip website The Dirty. The woman involved was not identified.
The woman, who told the website she was 22 when she began her correspondence with Weiner, said their online relationship lasted for six months and continued into last summer. She claimed Weiner used the alias “Carlos Danger” for their tawdry exchanges and later asked her to destroy the evidence of their chats.
Update: I just suffered through part of a Weiner presser to which he was compelled to drag his wife. Weiner kept reminding those assembled that he warned people when he resigned that more of this sort of thing would come out. Fair enough, but irrelevant. This latest incident occurred months after he resigned. So that leaves only two possibilities: (a) There’s still incriminating tweets and texts floating around the blogosphere from the days prior to Weiner’s resignation. This is what I assumed he meant when he resigned. (b) The initial tweets uncovered by Andrew Breitbart which prompted Weiner’s resignation were, at the time, all there was. This means that Weiner knew he’d be unable to resist, er, tweeting his weiner in the future and was issuing a preemptive apology for his inevitable future actions. After today’s revelations it’s clear option b is the winner (although it’s quite likely that both a and b apply) which means New Yorkers haven’t seen the last of Weiner’s weiner.
By the way, it’s unbelievable that “Carlos Danger” would subject his wife to such humiliation. He not only humiliated her via his inexcusable actions, but he then rubbed her nose in it today by having her stand by his side at the press conference to help him defend the indefensible. Has the man no shame? When asked if he’d abandon his mayoral bid, he said “no”, he’s staying in “for the middle class”. Right.
Update II: Here’s Carlos Danger’s press conference from this afternoon.
Update III: More analysis of Weiner’s surreal presser here. I’ve update the image for this post.
Update IV: Via Buzzfeed, tempation has a name and it’s … Sydney Leathers. It appears Weiner began his “relationship” with Ms. Leathers in July 2012, a full 13 months after his resignation. Apparently he even promised her a job and a condo.
On Monday, the Dirty claimed that Weiner — who allegedly used the alias Carlos Danger — met the unnamed 22-year-old woman on the social-networking site Formspring in July 2012, sent her lewd photos and had phone sex with her before the relationship “fizzled.”
He promised her a job and a condo, said the site, which posted pictures of body parts and graphic messages about sex acts.
“Even post scandal, I thought he was misunderstood. Until I got to know him,” the woman was quoted as saying. “I thought I loved him. Pretty pathetic.”
And all this occurred while the “misunderstood” Carlos Danger was working diligently to repair his relationship with Huma.
Update V: Robert Stacy McCain has more on Sydney Leathers here. It turns out the sucubus to Weiner’s incubus is a former Obama campaign official as well as one of those lefty morons who blamed Governor Palin for the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. Carlos and Sydney were perfect for each other.