Anthony Weiner keeps right on going

Weiner and Abedin. (Azi Paybarah)
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At the headquarters of the Gay Men's Health Crisis yesterday, Anthony Weiner addressed a mobbed, sweaty press conference about the revelation that his blow-up in 2011 hadn't actually been enough to get him to change the behavior that led to it. 

Then, without missing a beat, he proceeded to participate in a mayoral forum on HIV-related issues in the same building, where he told attendees, "If you vote for me I won't stop fighting for you until the last dog dies."

Weiner was joined at the forum by his Democratic rivals and an Independence Party candidate. 

"It's unfortunate that we've had this distraction with the latest psychodrama involving Mr. Weiner," said former councilman Sal Albanese, during his opening remarks at the forum.

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There wasn't much substantive difference between the candidates on the issues: each promised to be more responsive to HIV-positive New Yorkers and caregivers. They also said they would boost funding for services, though they disagreed on how to accomplish that.

Independence Party candidate and former Bronx borough president Adolfo Carrion spoke about losing a cousin to illnesses stemming from HIV. He also attempted to one-up the Democratic candidates who recently spent a night at a NYCHA building.

"I grew up in the housing projects," he said. "I don't have to prove anything to anybody!"

At another point, when Weiner argued forcefully for having the city set its own housing policy rather than getting approval from Albany lawmakers, Carrion warned about candidates "stealing" attention with theatrics.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the only openly gay or lesbian candidate in the race, was not in attendance; an organizer announced she was by her father's hospital bedside.

Weiner stood as he delivered each of his answers, sleeves rolled up, rattling off familiar talking points. The audience frequently cheered his comments. When he left the room, reporters were physically blocked from following him.

This morning, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, whose mayoral candidacy has been particularly hard hit by Weiner's entry into the race, told WOR710 said Weiner needed to leave so that the other candidates could discuss important issues facing New Yorkers.

It's "going to be impossible to have that conversation" with Weiner in the race, de Blasio said.

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"In many ways, things are not that much different than they were yesterday." — Anthony Weiner

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