Posts tagged: Anthony Weiner
New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner (WEE'-nur) has called an older political rival “Grandpa” during a heated confrontation at a forum sponsored by the AARP. Longshot Republican candidate George McDonald frequently mocks the former Democratic congressman's sexting scandal. Tensions between them erupted again before the Manhattan forum Tuesday, when Weiner touched his 69-year-old opponent's chest in greeting. McDonald barked, “Don't put your hands on me ever again.” The 48-year-old Weiner responded by telling McDonald he has “anger issues.” When McDonald disagreed, Weiner said, “Yes, you do, Grandpa”/HuffPo. More here. (AP photo: New York mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, second from left, reacts as fellow candidates George McDonald, far left, and Anthony Weiner, second from right, exchange words)
Question: Would you be offended if a younger candidate called an older one “Grandpa” or “Grandma” at a public forum?
Well, I've got to hand it to Anthony Weiner, aka “Carlos Danger.” While the consensus of opinion holds that Weiner is an undisciplined, narcissistic, megalomaniacal fool, I'm thinking that he might be the Democratic Party's preeminent political genius. After all, we're talking about the Democratic Party. That's an alternate universe that normal people don't understand. The Democratic Party is the party of dysfunction. The party panders to dysfunctional people and the party is strengthened as more and more Americans embrace dysfunction/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Can Weiner survive this latest bout with sexting?
New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner speaks during a news conference alongside his wife Huma Abedin at the Gay Men's Health Crisis headquarters today 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/John Minchillo)
New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 amid a sexting scandal, admitted Tuesday to more sexually charged Internet shenanigans. Weiner, who is married to an aide to Hillary Clinton, issued a statement after a gossip website called The Dirty published an interview with an anonymous woman who claimed she had a six-month online relationship with him that continued after his earlier online activities were exposed. “I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have,” said Weiner, who has been leading some polls for the Democratic nomination for mayor/Tracy Connor, NBC News. More here. (AP file photo: Anthony Weiner and and his wife Huma Abedin at 2011 ceremonial swearing in of the 112th Congress)
Question: Why is Huma standing by her dirtbag husband?
Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger whose posting of a sexually explicit photo of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner led to the congressman's downfall, has died, his attorney confirmed Thursday. He was 43. Joel Pollak, editor-in-chief and in-house counsel for Breitbart's website, Breitbart.com, posted a statement confirming his death. “Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles,” the statement read. “We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior”/CNN. More here. (AP/BigGovernment.com file photo posted by Andrew Breitbart that purported to show Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., shirtless)
Bob Turner, center, joined by his wife Peggy, right, and family smiles as he delivers his victory speech during an election night party Wednesday in New York. Turner says his win in a heavily Democratic New York City district is a “loud and clear” message to Washington. Turner defeated Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin on Tuesday to succeed Anthony Weiner who resigned amid a sexting scandal. It's the first time a Republican has been elected in the district. Story here. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Question: A Republican also won a special election in Nevada. Does this spell trouble for the Democrats?
In his Boise Weekly column, Ted Rall lambastes the Puritanism of our culture — he considers it a curse second only to racism — that resulted in the resignation of Congressman Anthony Weiner. Writes Rall: “It is well past time we Americans grew up. No one should be pressured to resign because of sex. Even when they're a hypocrite.” Then, Rall claims America missed a teachable moment during the low-level scandal involving former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig. Again, Rall: “Rather than ridicule the man, we ought to have defended him as a victim of an unjust law. In the 21st century, why should anyone go to jail for soliciting consensual sex?” You can read Ted Rall's full column here. (AP file photo)
Question: Should elected representatives like Weiner and Craig be shamed and even forced out of office when they become entangled in odd sexual behavior? Or should the country merely shrug?
Lisa Weiss, a blackjack dealer from Las Vegas, is iterviewed in Las Vegas Tuesday by Jim Moret for an “Inside Edition” broadcast to be shown Wednesday, June 8. Weiss, 40, admitted to sexting with Congressman Anthony Weiner. (AP Photo/Inside Editon)
Question: How are we going to persuade teens that sexting is improper when congressmen do it?
Their marriage has become the subject of intense speculation and scrutiny amid an embarrassing online sex scandal. Now, Representative Anthony D. Weiner and Huma Abedin are about to make news of a different kind: they are expecting their first child. Ms. Abedin, 35, is in the early stages of pregnancy, according to three people with knowledge of the situation. The pregnancy, which the couple has disclosed to close friends and family, adds a new dimension to questions about the future of their marriage/KHQ. More here. (AP file photo, of Wiener and wife, Huma, at January swearing-in ceremonies)
Question: What would you do if you were Huma?
The chairman of the Republican party says Rep. Anthony Weiner should resign after admitting he sent a lewd photo of himself on Twitter to a woman and then lied about it repeatedly. Reince Priebus says in a statement that either House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz believe that members of Congress are held to a different standard, or they believe the congressman's actions demand his departure from the House. Weiner vowed on Monday he would not resign his seat, and apologized repeatedly at a news conference for his actions/Associated Press. More here. (Associated Press photo)
Question (from Associated Press): Do a married person's online flirtations — including explicit ones — count as infidelity?
This undated photo taken from the website BigGovernment.com, run by conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, purports to show Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., shirtless. After days of denials, Weiner confessed today that he tweeted a photo of his bulging underpants to a young woman, and he also admitted to “inappropriate” exchanges with six women before and after he got married. The scandal escalated when the website, BigGovernment.com,, posted photos, including the one shown, purportedly from a second woman who said she received shirtless shots of the congressman. The site said the pictures were in a cache of intimate online photographs, chats and email exchanges the woman claimed to have. The website did not identify the woman. (AP Photo/BigGovernment.com)
After days of denials, a choked-up New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday that he tweeted a bulging-underpants photo of himself to a young woman and admitted to “inappropriate” exchanges with six women before and after getting married. He apologized for lying but said he would not resign. A conservative website that last week started a furor over a lewd photo sent from Weiner's Twitter account posted new photos Monday purportedly from a second woman who said she received shirtless shots of the congressman. At a news conference Monday, Weiner called the initial underpants photo a joke and a “hugely regrettable mistake”/Beth Fouhy, AP. More here. (AP file photo of Anthony Weiner)
Question: Is the extreme poor judgment of Rep. Anthony Weiner in the same league as former U.S. senator Larry Craig's toe-tapping misstep? Should Weiner resign?