World Actuality

Your Daily News

Weiner Crashes Out Of New York Mayoral Race

Voters in New York were not in a forgiving mood for mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, whose career was shattered by a sex scandal.


Following a day of balloting on Tuesday, the politician was left far behind in the city's Democratic primary, with around 5% of the vote.

Mr Weiner, the one-time front-runner, gave a high-energy and emotional concession speech, referring to himself as an "imperfect messenger" but saying he wouldn't stop "fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it".

But he did not take his defeat as graciously as it appeared. He reportedly gave a reporter the middle finger on his way home in a car from his election night party.

Mr Weiner had been in political exile since he resigned from Congress in 2011 for sending women lewd online messages and pictures.

Anthony Weiner and hecklerMr Weiner got into argument with a heckler in Brooklyn last week

He got into the mayor's race in May, and aside from a few confrontations with hecklers, was largely well-received at first, holding the lead for most of June and July.

But then an obscure gossip website named The Dirty released X-rated exchanges between Mr Weiner and a 23-year-old woman, Sydney Leathers, that took place well after the candidate quit the House.

His sexting pseudonym, Carlos Danger, became a national punchline, and his campaign collapsed. He was polling in fourth place as primary day arrived.

According to exit polls, three quarters of voters said they had a negative impression of Mr Weiner. 

Voters opted instead for Bill de Blasio, New York City's public advocate, who held a solid lead with most of the primary vote counted.

It was unclear, however, if Mr de Blasio would top the 40% threshold needed to avoid a run-off with his closest rival.

Eliot SpitzerEliot Spitzer lost his bid for a political comeback after his sex scandal

The Democratic candidate will face Republican nominee Joe Lhota in the general election in November.

The winner will succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has served three terms over 12 years.

Another politician with a sex scandal in his past, Eliot Spitzer, was defeated in the contest for city comptroller by Scott Stringer, the Manhattan borough president.

Mr Spitzer resigned as governor in 2008 after having sex with prostitutes.