Weiner Talks Middle Class, Media Talks Sexts

by Andrew Johnson

Vowing to stay in the race for New York City mayor, Anthony Weiner tried in an impromptu press conference to shift the focus of his campaign to the middle class, but reporters continued to press him on the sexually-explicit correspondences he carried on with several women after his resignation from Congress in 2011.

Weiner responded to House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who called his behavior “reprehensible,” telling reporters that she won’t be casting a vote in the upcoming election. He also decried the media’s ongoing attention into his private life, arguing that New York City voters “want to talk about their future and not my past.”

During the press conference, Weiner declined to take a question from a New York City public school teacher, saying he would address her after, though he did not. National Review Online’s Will Allen caught up with her, though. Peg Brunda, who calls herself a Democrat, said, “It bothered me that he is talking about middle class, middle class, middle class. Anybody who is an employee of New York City is middle class, how can he represent them?”

Brunda was also critical of Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin. “I feel sorry for her,” she told Allen, “but she’s in a position where she’s making some decisions that I wouldn’t have made.”