Written by Martha T. Moore, USA TODAY
(USA TODAY) - New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner acknowledged Tuesday the existence of online messages between him and a woman not his wife that were apparently sent after he resigned from Congress in 2011 for a similar sexting scandal.
"I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have," Weiner said in a statement put out by his campaign. "These things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress.''
An online gossip site called The Dirty posted screenshots Monday of online messages between an account in the name of Anthony Weiner and that of an unidentified woman. The site said the messages were sent last August, more than a year after Weiner left Congress. Weiner discusses her potential involvement in a blog for Politico, the political news site, and talks about his cats. He also asks the woman to delete other messages they exchanged.
A second, salacious chat exchange posted by The Dirty was from an account using the name Carlos Danger, which the site, quoting the unideintified woman, says is Weiner.
Weiner stepped down from Congress in June 2011 after admitting that he had texted lewd pictures of himself to women, reversing previous denials. In May, Weiner entered the race for New York City mayor and his wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is campaigning for him. The couple have an 18-month-old son.
"While some things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong," Weiner's statement said. "This behavior is behind me. I've apologized to Huma and am grateful that she has worked through these issues with me and for her forgiveness. I want to again say that I am very sorry to anyone who was on the receiving end of these messages and the disruption that this has caused. As my wife and I have said, we are focused on moving forward."
George Arzt, a New York Democratic political consultant said the new revelations would make Weiner's campaign much harder, particularly with former N.Y. Governor Eliot Spitzer running for city comptroller after his own sex scandal.
"Obviously he has a lot of problems, plus the fact that I think that Spitzer has taken a lot of air out of his balloon, because they have overlapping aberrant behavior," Arzt said. "There is a cumulative impact for the public. They're willing to give anyone a second chance, and then they see the repetitive nature of his misdeeds, and they say, nah, I just can't.''