Weiner staying in NYC mayor race despite renewed sex photos scandal

Former US congressman acknowledges texting of lewd photos even after his 2011 resignation from Congress.

By JTA, REUTERS
July 24, 2013 01:09
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Anthony Weiner

Anthony Weiner 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner said on Tuesday he will stay in the race despite admitting he sent newly revealed sexually explicit online chats and photos even after he resigned from Congress.

"I want to bring my vision to the people of the city of New York. I hope they're willing to still continue to give me a second chance," he told a news conference.

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Weiner acknowledged that he participated in a newly revealed, sexually explicit social media exchange.

“I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have,” Weiner, a former US congressman, said Tuesday after The Dirty website released screen grabs of the chats.

Weiner has said that he expected more chats of the kind that led to his 2011 resignation from Congress to emerge.

“While some things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong,” he said in his statement. “This behavior is behind me.”

The Dirty claimed that the new set of chats were from 2012, after he had resigned. In a press conference later Tuesday, Weiner acknowledged that he had continued some of the interactions after the scandal first emerged in 2011.



“Some of things happened before my resignation some of these things happened after,” he said, standing alongside his wife, Huma Abedin.

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