The Democratic voters in New York are not in a mood to forgive Anthony Weiner any time soon. Instead, New Yorkers want Bill de Blasio, New York City's public advocate, to represent them as their Democratic candidate for the Mayoral race of the state.
Weiner, the Democratic mayoral hopeful was left in an embarrassing position with less than 5% of the votes in the overall race. That didn’t stop the one-time front-runner from courting more controversy, as he exited the venue with his middle finger raised to the reporters who were covering his campaign.
Weiner’s unceremonious exit from the New York mayoral race comes at the heel of his scandal-ridden campaign. Weiner, who was at one time the favorite of the Democrats in New York referred to himself as the “imperfect messenger” in his concession speech and vowed to keep “fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it".
Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress two years ago in 2011, when he was embroiled in a sexting scandal. He was caught sending lewd messages and photos on Twitter to a number of women, who came forward to the public. His wife, Huma Abedin, an aide of Hillary Clinton, was pregnant with their first child at the time. Weiner tearfully apologized and turned in his resignation to the Congress.
In May 2013, a repentant Anthony Weiner restarted his campaign for the mayoral race, vowing to fight for the rights of middle class Americans living in New York. Weiner was in the lead for most of June and July, until “Carlos Danger” scandal hit his campaign. Carlos Danger – a pseudonym Weiner used to send lewd photos and sexts with various women. The women involved in the scandal shared the photos and messages with the world. Weiner was literally caught with his pants down for the second time.
According to the poll released soon after Carlos Danger came into public knowledge, Weiner dropped from the lead to the fourth place. The poll also hinted that more and more voters viewed his scandal-ridden history as a legitimate issue in the mayoral race. How badly Weiner’s creditability was hurt only became known when less than 5% of the Democrats voted in his favor on the day of the Democratic primaries. His ungracious exit from his election night party after the concession speech just capped all the troubles that Anthony Weiner has faced in the past few years.
Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio will face the Republican nominee Joe Lhota in the general election in November. The winner will succeed the current New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has severed three terms for over a decade.