Meet the Candidates: Call Anthony Weiner

Friday, August 30, 2013

Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner in the WNYC Studios talking to Brian Lehrer (Jody Avirgan)

Our final round of interviews with the Democratic primary candidates in the 2013 mayor's race continues. Anthony Weiner, former NY Congressman, discusses the latest in the campaign and takes your calls about his plans for New York City.


Congressman Anthony Weiner

Comments [27]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Scott asked:

> What act is worse ?

> A guy sexting with a few ladies or a bunch of elected officials accepting $$$'s from a billionaire mayor to override a public mandate for term limits?

Strangely you left out a choice.

The people who voted for a third term for a two-tern mayor.

You have also forgotten that at first Mr. Weiner claimed that his account got hacked. Lie. Coverup. Lie. Coverup.

Aug. 30 2013 11:14 PM

What act is worse ?

A guy sexting with a few ladies or a bunch of elected officials accepting $$$'s from a billionaire mayor to override a public mandate for term limits?

Aug. 30 2013 10:28 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Anthony Weiner should run for mayor of San Diego.

Aug. 30 2013 12:55 PM
Allan from Brooklyn

What does Weiner's "position" matter? It's amazing that people take what he has to say seriously. His non-record in Congress, his inability (unwillingness?) to collaborate, his verbal abuse of staff--this not only tells us about character, it is the best predictor of what he might have been like as mayor. It's a shame, because he is an articulate speaker and knows the rights things to say. Not to be trusted. Isn't that obvious?

Aug. 30 2013 12:17 PM

Now, now, halloran...naughty, naughty, naughty...

Aug. 30 2013 11:50 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Mr. Wiener just skipped a mayoral forum on libraries. I would like to know what his position is on the selling and shrinking of New York City libraries including the Central Library Plan, and the libraries in Brooklyn like the Brooklyn Heights Library and the Pacific branch. That's a local issue, and more important to me with respect to a mayoral candidate than Middle East matters.

Aug. 30 2013 11:48 AM

Yet another new low for the BLS.

A caller is allowed to proclaim that all Palestinians imprisoned by Israel -- with nothing like fair trials or due process -- are presumptive terrorists, without contradiction.

But to question Weiner on his blinkered and apparently blood-thirsty approach to Middle-East peace, callers have to claim they're interested in marijuana legalization.

Between Steven Schwarzman, Katherine Wylde and the Israeli lobby, it's hard to see how Brian will ever be able to ask his listeners for money, with a straight face.

Never turn it off, indeed!

Aug. 30 2013 11:41 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Weiner: Articulate. Shameless.

Aug. 30 2013 11:33 AM
Brian from Brooklyn

“I regret the circumstances that forced me to leave Congress.”

It’s the passive voice that kills me.

Aug. 30 2013 11:31 AM

And yes, why should the Middle East enter the mayoral race at all?

I was ashamed and outraged when Bloomberg went to Israel during operation Cast Lead to show his support for it. Whatever one's position on it shouldn't matter; the mayor of the City of New York is elected and paid by the taxpayers to represent and lead *us*-- not to interject himself into foreign affairs occurring thousands of mile away.

Please ask Mr. Weiner to comment on this. Does he approve of Bloomberg's meddling?

Aug. 30 2013 11:29 AM
khadija Boyd from brooklyn

Aie, Aie, Aie! this "guy" can't help it! So much potential talent squandered, for what? I gave up hinting that he ought to retreat somewhere and re-emerge, sometime, in the future. Anyhoo, NYC voters shall speak, further, w/their feet, away from any thing AW has touched! Ugh!

Aug. 30 2013 11:22 AM

We can't talk about Israel !

Aug. 30 2013 11:22 AM

Mr. Weiner: And the leadership on the Israeli side *is* credible?

Wouldn't even agree to a measly, /partial/, /temporary/ freeze on /new/, ever-encroaching, construction in the W. Bank and predominately Arab E. Jerusalem for no more than 90 days! (While the /existing/ settlement infrastructure in the territories makes a Palestinain state, in any real sense of the word, impossible.)

If Obama/the U.S. had the slightest measure of credibility as an impartial broker, they would have /demanded/ a /complete/ moratorium on ALL construction in the territories.

Hey, Scott Pellegrino! Great call!

Aug. 30 2013 11:22 AM
genejoke from Brooklyn

This weiner is a Jekyll/Hyde with a bit of Hyde in his Jekyll.

Aug. 30 2013 11:21 AM

His sex life is NONE of our business!!

There is NO ONE who has not lied about their sex life!

NOT one.

Aug. 30 2013 11:21 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


Ah, showing your bias....the caller was correct - Barack Hussein Obama put the screws to Israel and bullied them into agreeing to the release of terrorists before "negotiations" (LOL) could start. That is WIDELY known in the diplomatic community and has been published. But, I guess you didn't see that in the New York Times.

Aug. 30 2013 11:20 AM

Why the HELL are we talking about Israel and Syria???!


The last time I checked, NYC is in the state of New York, in the United States of America!!!

Aug. 30 2013 11:19 AM
good guy from nyc

oh, a man of good ideas brought down by a physical weakness and a society that isn't ready to forgive.
perhaps in the future, once he cleans up his act, he will have a 'Second Act.'

Aug. 30 2013 11:18 AM
Jerry from nyc

the guy cannot control himself, then he lies about it, challenges? what more is he lying about? why vote for him?

Aug. 30 2013 11:16 AM
Jerry from nyc

the guy cannot control himself, then he lies about it, challenges? what more is he lying about? why vote for him?

Aug. 30 2013 11:16 AM
Restore Sanity from Westchester, NY

"Presidential level scrutiny"?! What an ego!

Aug. 30 2013 11:13 AM

Mr. Weiner:

Is it true that the women you sent those now-infamous photos to had not requested them?

If so, and if you, a married man and father, couldn't refrain from such naughty cavorting even /after/ your first round of having been so exposed and disgraced...

...should you really be asking us to entrust you with the running of one of the largest and most critical cities in the world?

Aug. 30 2013 11:12 AM
Miscellaneous from NYC

Mr. Weiner had a plum job as our Congressman and probably would have been re-elected several times and made it all the way to the Senate.

Instead, he chose to think with the wrong head and seriously fouled up his future.

Well, be that as it may, we have to consider two important things:

1. With all the politicians who've gone down lately, why was Mr. Weiner unable to learn from their experiences before he undertook to jeopardize himself?

2. Why was he unable to learn from his own mistake and serious public humiliation and do the same damn thing again?

Apart from his political positions, I am concerned about Mr. Weiner's cognitive abilities. Is this man still fit to hold public office? How can we be certain that he won't relapse or that he is responsible?

I honestly feel sorry for Mr. Weiner and his wife and family, but I just don't think this is a good time for him to run. He needs to prove to us (The People) that he is mentally and emotionally fit to serve again, and this last ordeal is far to fresh for him to do so. It will take time for us to trust him again.

Aug. 30 2013 11:10 AM

Did he do anything while he was in Washington, D.C.

Aug. 30 2013 11:08 AM
RJ from prospect hts

You repeated refer to "single payer" as your plan for health care. But you've also talked about public sector workers who smoke should pay more. Those are contradictory. Please explain. Would it mean that as a diabetic and I occasionally eat something sweet that I would pay more? How would they/I be monitored? And once again, why are public sector workers being targeted? Yes, they're paid by taxpayers, but as a diabetic, my exorbitant premiums are underwritten by the currently healthy. Smoking is an addiction and while it may be popular among some to target public sector workers, people with a medical condition--an addiction--should not be penalized.

Your use of the phrase "single payer"--your definition of it--needs to be explained.

Aug. 30 2013 11:06 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Please walk away and don't look back, you little schlemiel.

Aug. 30 2013 11:04 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Carlos Danger?
Video Chat sessions for sex.

Weiners ego is engorged.

Aug. 30 2013 10:55 AM

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