Weiner offended by Quinn (on term limits), says he was sexting for ‘a couple of years’
Anthony Weiner did a round of television interviews today, joining the declared field of candidates in attacking Christine Quinn's record on term limits, and offering some new details about the timeline of his illicit texting.
"Well if it's too hot, stay out of the kitchen," Weiner said, when ABC7's Dave Evans referenced yesterday's attacks on Quinn at a mayoral forum Evans moderated. "I think that it's a completely reasonable for citizens to ask, is when you're trying to figure out what type of a leader you'll be going forward, where were you on such a basic foundational thing."
Weiner said, as a voter, it was a "deal-breaker" for him, "because I believe it was so offensive to democracy, so offensive to the way we view government, that you take the will of the people expressed twice, and overturn it for self interest."
"I think it's a fair hit," he said. "And frankly I would be surprised if Speaker Quinn didn't think it was a legitimate thing too."
Weiner also alluded to Quinn's closeness with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"By striking down term limits for self interested reasons, to give yourself a job and to give your favorite person another term, undermines the very foundation of our democracy," he said. "And that's different than an issue difference. That's a foundational difference."
Weiner, who resigned his seat in 2011 after admitting to sexting at least six women, paraphrased the public's reaction to his possible bid this way: "That was really dumb personal behavior you did here Weiner. But, tell me about the schools."
Weiner also told Evans that his habit of sending lewd images of himself to various women had been going on for "a couple of years."
In another interview, he told Dominic Carter of RNN that there might be more indecent photographs of himself that have yet to be made public. RNN released a statement about the interview but has not yet posted it online.
Current public opinion shows Weiner would be by far the best known candidate if he enters the mayoral race, but his support is only at 15 percent among Democratic primary voters, calling into question how much he's support can grow through the course of a campaign.
UPDATE: Quinn spokesman Michael Morey emailed over the following response: "It's sad that former Congressman Weiner is already pointing fingers and criticizing others. If he decides to enter the race, we will be more than happy to contrast Chris Quinn's record of delivering real results for middle class New Yorkers to Anthony Weiner's record."