'Ya basta!' Anthony Weiner says enough is enough, in Spanish
In an interview on the Spanish-language network Univision this morning, Anthony Weiner tried, again, to rebut the critics who've called for him to drop out of the race, and said he'd be "ashamed" to have the support of someone like Rep. Peter King.
"Well, look, Congressman King never wanted me to become mayor," Weiner said, when asked about criticism from King, the Long Island Republican with whom he often sparred in Congress.
"He's probably the most important person standing between New York and immigration reform. I'll fight him every single step of the way just like I will when I'm mayor. I'm not looking for Peter King's vote. In fact I'd be a little ashamed if I had it."
Weiner's candidacy has been derailed over the past week by reports that he engaged in online sexual conversations even after he resigned from Congress, using the online alias Carlos Danger.
"Why did you pick a Hispanic name and how dangerous were you really?" asked Satcha Pretto, the Univision host.
"It was a joke in my personal life between me and one person," Weiner responded. "I'm not going to comment about the information that that person has chosen to release. They can do whatever they want. They can try to harm me in any way they want."
Weiner, who has avoided the press at recent campaign stops, spent most of the 11-minute interview imploring voters, and the media to focus on "New York's future," twice using the Spanish phrase "ya basta," which translates roughly to "enough already!"
Weiner didn't deny a new report in People magazine, in which friends of his wife, Huma Abedin, described her struggles to deal with Weiner's behavior and subsequent relapse. Weiner said "the reports that people are hearing now are the way things we're a year ago, yes."
But he also tried to clarify that even the latest revelations were in his past.
"Just to make it very clear to you, Satcha, and your viewers, this went on awhile ago," he said. "This is a while back. This is behind us. Just because someone came out of the woodwork yesterday or the day before, doesn't mean for my wife and me that's a new thing. We've worked through this. I've worked through this."
Weiner dodged reporters on Tuesday night, who were eager to ask about the timing of his online conversations, after an interview in the Daily News appeared to elicit a vague answer to that question. Yesterday, the Daily News published a clarification and corrected transcript that included Weiner saying "oh yeah, all that stuff is behind me."
UPDATE: King responded to Weiner through a spokesman: "I don't care what Anthony Weiner has to say about my position on immigration or anything else. Any attack from Anthony is a compliment. Weiner has never let the truth stand in the way of what he wants to say."