Blog Posts by Holly Bailey, Yahoo News

  • Weiner speaks out in new ad: 'Quit isn't the way we roll in New York City'

    NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner is out with a new ad addressing the sexting scandal that threatens to sink his mayoral campaign in which he reaffirms he has no plans to “quit” the race.

    The minute-long spot, posted Tuesday evening on Weiner’s campaign site, features the former congressman speaking directly to the camera about the state of his mayoral bid.

    "You know, sometimes people say to me, 'This campaign is pretty rough. You may want to quit.' I know there are newspaper editors and other politicians that say, ‘Boy, I wish that guy Weiner would quit,’” the Democratic mayoral hopeful says in the spot. “You don’t know New York. You certainly don’t know me. Quit isn’t the way we roll in New York City. We fight through tough things. We are a tough city.”

    The spot was released exactly one week after Weiner admitted that he continued to send sexual messages to women he met online even after he was forced out of Congress for similar online dalliances. His wife, Huma Abedin, who joined him in his

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  • Weiner insists he will survive sexting scandal

    NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner predicted he would survive the sexting scandal that has overwhelmed his campaign for mayor, insisting that voters are more interested in “ideas” than his personal life.

    But in an interview with the New York Daily News, the Democratic mayoral hopeful offered a vague answer when asked whether he is “sexting” with anyone now and admitted he didn’t know if more communications with women he met online would be made public between now and the Sept. 10 primary.

    “These are people who I thought were friends, people I trusted when I communicated with them. But who knows what they might do now,” Weiner told the Daily News. “But none of it is new. It's all old stuff. So I'll be in this race for at least the next 44 days. And I think I can win.”

    Asked directly if there was anyone “you are sexting now,” Weiner offered a less than definitive answer.

    “You can quibble about beginnings, middles and ends, but what we're talking about is over a year ago,” Weiner replied.

    The

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  • Eliot Spitzer won't vote for Anthony Weiner

    NEW YORK — Eliot Spitzer has repeatedly refused to answer questions about the sexting scandal that has enveloped Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign.

    But in an interview Monday with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the former governor, who was ousted from office after his own sex scandal, relented and said he would not support Weiner’s bid to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    Asked whom he would support in the race for City Hall, Spitzer, who is running for city comptroller, was hesitant to answer.

    “You’re not going to vote for Anthony Weiner, can you just say that?” Matthews asked Spitzer. “You don’t think he should be mayor of New York?”

    “Fair point,” Spitzer responded. “That is correct.”

    Spitzer resigned from the governor's office in 2008 after he confessed to cheating on his wife with prostitutes. Last month, he announced a surprise bid for comptroller — asking voters, as Weiner has, for a second chance in public service.

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  • Poll: NYC Democrats believe Weiner should drop mayoral bid

    A majority of New York City Democrats say they believe Anthony Weiner should drop his bid for mayor in the aftermath of a sexting scandal that has overtaken his campaign.

    A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday found that 53 percent of likely Democratic voters think Weiner should exit the race, while 40 percent say he should stay in.

    The survey, conducted after last Tuesday, when Weiner admitted he had continued to send sexual messages to women he met online even after he left Congress, found the ex-lawmaker had fallen to fourth place in the Democratic race for mayor — just weeks after he was the poll’s front-runner.

    According to the new survey, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn leads among likely Democratic voters with 27 percent support. She's followed by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at 21 percent, former Comptroller Bill Thompson at 20 percent and Weiner at 16 percent.

    Comptroller John Liu has 6 percent in the poll, while former City Council member Sal Albanese

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  • Cory Booker not headed to Iowa, despite reports

    Cory Booker to Iowa? Not according to his campaign.

    A spokesman for the New Jersey Senate candidate denied a report Monday that Booker was headed to the pivotal presidential caucus state for a speech next month.

    As The Daily Beast first reported, the University of Iowa’s website said Booker was to speak to the student body Aug. 29 during the school’s “welcome back week” festivities.

    That’s barely two weeks after the Aug. 13 Democratic primary for the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Frank Lautenberg, who died in June. The winner of the primary heads to the general election set for Oct. 16.

    But Kevin Griffis, a spokesman for Booker, told Yahoo News his boss was “absolutely not going” to Iowa.

    “It is not on the campaign’s calendar and never was,” Griffis said, adding that the campaign had reached out to the University of Iowa to remove the event from its website.

    It’s unclear how the event was scheduled. A spokesperson for the University of Iowa did not immediately

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  • Weiner insists he's staying in NYC mayoral race

    NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner continues to insist he won’t drop his bid for mayor in spite of a sexting controversy that has consumed his campaign and sent his poll numbers plummeting.

    “You’re stuck with me,” the former congressman told the Staten Island Advance in an interview.

    Weiner said that his decision to weather the controversy instead of exiting the campaign is proof that he would be a strong mayor.

    "I'm going to be a successful mayor because of it, because it's going to give me a level of independence," Weiner said. "I'm not constructing a campaign around the approval of my peers. I'm constructing a campaign around the aspirations of my neighbors."

    The interview came as Danny Kedem, Weiner’s campaign manager, abruptly exited the campaign only days after it was revealed that the former lawmaker had continued to send sexual messages to women he met online even after a sexting controversy forced him out of Congress in June 2011.

    Weiner admitted last week that he had sent lewd messages

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  • Anthony Weiner's campaign manager reportedly quits

    NEW YORK—Anthony Weiner’s campaign manager reportedly quit Saturday amid turmoil over the mayoral hopeful’s admission that he exchanged lewd messages with women he met online even after a sexting scandal forced him out of Congress.

    Citing unnamed sources, the New York Times reported late Saturday that Danny Kedem, Weiner’s campaign manager, had resigned. A spokeswoman for Weiner did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment from Yahoo News.

    The development comes after a tumultuous week for Weiner, who admitted Tuesday that he had continued to send raunchy messages and lewd photos to women he met online long after he left Congress.

    On Thursday, Weiner estimated that he had exchanged sexual messages with at least three women after he resigned from office in June 2011—including Sydney Leathers, a 22-year-old Indiana woman who went public last week with the messages and photos she received from Weiner.

    The revelations sent Weiner’s poll numbers plummeting and raised questions

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  • Christine Quinn calls Weiner scandal 'a circus'

    NEW YORK — For the third day in a row, mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn took aim at rival Anthony Weiner, arguing his admission that he continued to send sexual messages to women he met online after he left Congress has become a distraction from real issues in the race for City Hall.

    Speaking to reporters at an event where she was touting a plan to expand transportation service around the city, Quinn called the scandal enveloping Weiner’s campaign “a circus” — though she again stopped short of suggesting he quit the race.

    “It’s sad the mayor’s race has become such a circus,” Quinn declared. “We really need to have a real race about things that matter to voters. Congressmember Weiner has shown just a pattern of reckless behavior, an inability to tell the truth, and what New Yorkers deserve is a mayor with a record of delivering for them, of vision, and a level of maturity and responsibility. … I just really want the race to get back to those kind of conversations, and not the circus that

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  • Weiner admits to sexting more women as poll shows his popularity has plummeted

    NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner admitted that he exchanged sexual messages with at least three more women after a sexting scandal forced him out of Congress two years ago.

    The revelation came as a new poll found the Democratic mayoral hopeful’s popularity has plummeted after he admitted that he continued to send salacious online messages to women who were not his wife as late as last summer.

    A Wall Street Journal/Marist/NBC 4 New York poll found Weiner’s favorability number among registered Democrats in New York dropped from 52 percent in June to 30 percent in a poll conducted on Wednesday after the latest messages were made public. Fifty-five percent of Democrats now say they have an unfavorable impression of Weiner, compared to 36 percent last month.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also weighed in on Thursday, calling Weiner's behavior "reprehensible" and "disrespectful to women." Pelosi and other party leaders pushed Weiner to resign from Congress in 2011 after evidence of his sexting

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  • Weiner's rivals split on whether he should exit NYC mayoral race

    NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner’s rivals were split Wednesday on whether the ex-lawmaker should drop his bid for mayor after he admitted that he continued to send sexual messages to women he met online even after he was forced out of Congress over the issue.

    Christine Quinn, the City Council speaker who has been statistically tied with Weiner in recent Democratic primary polls, said the latest revelations called into question whether Weiner has the “maturity and judgment” to lead. But she stopped short of calling for him to exit the race, saying that was a “decision for him to make.”

    "The circus that former Congressman Weiner has brought to the race in the last two months has been a disservice to New Yorkers who are actually looking for someone who has the judgment and maturity to lead this city and a mayor who has the record of actually delivering that,” Quinn said at a Wednesday morning press conference. “Being mayor of New York is a serious business and it demands a serious leader.

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