Jessica Gould covers politics and public finance for WNYC.
In New Campaign Video, Weiner Vows to Stay in the Race
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner has released a new campaign video saying he won't quit the race.
The minute-long video was posted on his campaign's website Tuesday evening. Speaking directly into the camera, the former congressman addresses politicians and newspaper editors who have said he should quit. He says quitting isn't what New Yorkers do, that they "fight through tough things," and he plans to do the same.
The Twitter-sphere quickly lit up with comments noting that, in fact, Weiner had quit before. He resigned from Congress in 2011 after admitting to sending sexually explicit messages and photos to women over the Internet. And in 2005, he conceded the Democratic nomination for mayor to Fernando Ferrer, who had received more votes than he had in the primary. At the time, Weiner said a runoff would harm the party's chances in the general election against Mayor Bloomberg.
Click the audio link above to hear WNYC's Jessica Gould report on Weiner's appearance at a candidates' forum at about the same time the following video was released on Tuesday evening.