NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times and the Daily News are both calling on Anthony Weiner to drop out of the race for New York City mayor, after the former congressman acknowledged sending explicit text messages to a woman as recently as last summer. That was more than a year after sexting revelations destroyed his congressional career.
Some of Weiner's rivals in the mayoral race are also calling for him to step aside.
But at a press conference yesterday with his wife at his side, Weiner said he would continue his campaign for mayor. Huma Abedin (HOO'-muh AB'-uh-deen) says she believes in her husband and has forgiven him.
Still, one Democratic consultant says the latest revelations about Weiner will make it tougher for voters to believe that his sexting scandals are behind him.
Some voters are saying that while they were willing to give Weiner a second chance, it will be harder for them to give him a third chance. But they are also taking notice of the fact that Weiner's wife is standing by him.
060-a-12-(Huma Abedin (HOO'-muh AH'-beh-deen), wife of New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, at news conference)-"and our marriage"-New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner's wife Huma Abdein says he has her full support. (24 Jul 2013)
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069-a-05-(Anthony Weiner (WEE'-nur), Democratic candidate for mayor of New York, at news conference Tuesday)-"I said yes"-New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner says he and his wife knew before he started his run for mayor that more information about his behavior could be revealed. (24 Jul 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Huma Abedin headshot, wife of New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, graphic element on gray (23 Jul 2013)
GRAPHICSBANK: Anthony Weiner headshot, as New York City mayoral candidate, over drawing of cell phone with blank display, partial graphic (23 Jul 2013)
APPHOTO NYKW208: New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, left, listens as his wife, Huma Abedin, speaks during a news conference at the Gay Men's Health Crisis headquarters, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in New York. The former congressman says he's not dropping out of the New York City mayoral race in light of newly revealed explicit online correspondence with a young woman. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (23 Jul 2013)
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