NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner found himself caught in another sexting scandal Tuesday like the one that destroyed his congressional career, but stood side-by-side with his wife to say he won’t drop out of the race for mayor of New York.
“This is entirely behind me,” Weiner said at a news conference, hours after the gossip website The Dirty posted X-rated text messages and a crotch shot that it said the former congressman exchanged with a woman after he left office.
Weiner admitted sending a woman sexually explicit photos and messages and acknowledged the activity took place as recently as last summer, more than a year after he resigned from the House in disgrace for the same sort of behavior with at least a half-dozen women.
But with his wife, Huma Abedin, an arm’s length away from him, he said: “I want to bring my vision to the people of the city of New York. I hope they are willing to still continue to give me a second chance.”
Weiner then turned the microphone over to his wife, who reaffirmed her support for her husband and said the sexting matter is “between us.”
Abedin said her husband had made some “horrible mistakes both before he resigned from Congress and after” but insisted the two of them discussed “all of this” before he jumped into the mayor’s race in May.
Three of his rivals for mayor immediately called on him to drop out of the race.
The woman with whom he exchanged the messages was not identified by The Dirty. She said she was 22 when their online relationship began in July 2012 and lasted six months.
She said that Weiner used the alias “Carlos Danger” for their exchanges but that she knew she was talking to the former congressman.