Anthony Weiner is still running for Mayor of New York City, but his campaign has been mostly a series of embarrassments, the latest of which just emerged: Weiner got into a shouting match with a voter, and Weiner was doing most of the shouting.
“Yeah, it takes one to know one,” says Weiner, as he is exiting an event in Borough Park. The man, a middle aged fellow in a yarmulke, started the altercation, but Weiner took that provocation and turned it into a fight.
“You wait till I walk out, then you start talking. That’s courage,” Weiner mocks.
The crowd around them disperses and the two men came face to face, at which point (0:18), we can hear what the man is saying:
“You have a nerve to walk around in public…”
“You’re my judge? You’re my judge? What rabbi taught you that?” Weiner shouts back.
“You’re fine,” replies the man, “you talk to God and work out your problems, but stay out of the public eye.”
“I don’t take my judgments to you, my friend,” says Weiner, clearly judging the man on some level.
“You’re a bad example to the people,” he replies, angry, but much calmer than the hot-headed Weiner. “That’s obvious: your behaviors are deviant. That’s not normal behavior.”
Weiner keeps shouting about how the man has no right to judge him. The man stays centered, continuing his point that Weiner’s behavior is immoral, and that he should not be out in public, running for office.
“Think about your wife,” says the man as Weiner continues to shout. “Think about the person who supports you and trusts you, and you betray her. [“You think you’re superior!” shouts Weiner as the man is talking] “It has nothing to do with me, it’s obvious,” the man retorts.
“By the way, I fought very hard for this community and delivered more than you will ever deliver in your entire life!” shouts Weiner.
They bicker at each other for another minute or so.
Really, this is Weiner’s problem: this campaign was way too soon. He should have taken a page from Elliot Spitzer’s book, who has a good chance of winning his race for New York Comptroller: take some time off, be on TV (Weiner is fiery and articulate, he’s perfect for cable), let people remember why they liked you before and forget why they hated you.
Weiner, however, just can’t help himself.
Not that it saves face, but Weiner does finish the video with a “most interesting man in the world” line. A reporter asks him something, presumably, “do you get into shouting matches often?” to which Weiner replies,
“No, but when I do, I don’t back down.”