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

Holly Bailey, Yahoo News
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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 other campaign ad, is not featured in his latest spot.

Weiner, who looks visibly tired in the ad, insists the race is not about him but “helping New Yorkers.”

“If someone wants to come out with something embarrassing about you in your private life, you have to talk about that for a little while,” Weiner says. “But it’s also reminded me that citizens, when they come up to ya, and they want to talk to you about a situation on their block or at their child’s school or something going on at their job site, that’s what this campaign is all about, and I’ll never forget that."

It’s unclear if the campaign is reserving television airtime for the spot. A spokeswoman for Weiner did not respond to a request for comment.

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