In an editorial posted Tuesday night, The New York Times was not subtle in its message to New York mayoral candidate and former congressman Anthony Weiner:
“Mr. Weiner should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the Web and out of the race for mayor of New York City.”
What could make the Gray Lady so angry as to ask Weiner to, more or less, get out of town? Making the same mistake twice.
Several items posted to gossip website The Dirty allege Weiner texted and had phone sex with multiple women. He also apparently answered explicit questions on the Q & A website Formspring under the name “Carlos Danger.”
In a Tuesday news conference with wife Huma Abedin by his side, Weiner admitted to sexting as recently as a year ago, but he resolved to stay in the mayoral race. He resigned from Congress in 2011 over reports he sent explicit messages and pictures to at least six women. He vows it’s behind him now.
“I want to bring my vision to the people of the city of New York. I hope they are willing to still continue to give me a second chance,” he said.
Weiner later appeared at a mayoral forum at HIV-advocacy organization Gay Men’s Health Crisis, where one of his opponents tore into him.
“It’s unfortunate today that we have to deal with Mr. Weiner’s latest sexual psychodrama,” Business Insider quotes fellow Democrat and rival candidate Sal Albanese as saying.
Weiner drew cheers with some of his statements at the forum, however. He said, as he has from the beginning of the race, that his campaign isn’t about him.
“This is about the city needing someone, after 12 years, to fight for them for a while,” he said.
Whether that person is Carlos Danger—Fast Company assembled some of social media’s best responses to that name, by the way—is yet to be seen. Cartoonist Josh Hara noted on Twitter that Weiner’s PR handlers are probably beyond stressed:
Anthony Weiner’s PR agent probably has a permanent slap mark on her forehead.
— Josh Hara (@yoyoha) July 23, 2013
What do you think? Should Weiner listen to the Times and remove himself from the public eye, or should he fight on?