July 25, 2013
From the Guardian:
The New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner vowed to press ahead with his longshot bid for political rehabilitation on Tuesday, after admitting that he was the subject of an explicit self-taken picture published earlier in the day.
Weiner called a press conference to address the latest allegations he had continued to exchange sexually explicit messages with young women even after he resigned his Congressional seat because of similar revelatons in June 2011.
His wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, made a surprise appearance to defend him. “Anthony’s made some horrible mistakes,” Abedin said, speaking for the first time at a campaign news conference. “I love him, I forgive him, and I believe in him. And as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward.”
A picture of Weiner’s penis was published by the entertainment site The Dirty on Tuesday, with accompanying text that said it was sent to a young woman in the latter half of 2012.
The account posted on The Dirty describes phone sex and other details from an interaction said to have lasted until December 2012, just months before Weiner declared his candidacy for mayor. The account said Weiner and the woman exchanged messages over Facebook and the social networking site Formspring, and that the user alleged to be Weiner also used the nickname “Carlos Danger”.
So, this dirty Jew continued to send pictures of his penis to women after allegedly repenting, up to the point at which he entered the present mayoral race, admittedly. This, I believe, is something unprecedented: what he is ultimately saying here is “yes, I am a sex pervert, and I want to be your mayor.”
Though there is the obligatory “I’m sorry about all this…,” there isn’t really a statement of regret, and there is clearly no attempt to try and fake shame. This is different than what we are used to, where politicians get caught in scandals of sorts and try to play it off as some one-off failure of judgment. Weiner is acknowledging that sending pictures of his penis to women he meets on the internet is part of who he is as a person, and asking you to accept him for it.
Something about it is almost refreshing.