Embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner released an e-mail to supporters today, one day after admitting at a press conference that “some” recent sex chat allegations are true.
In the letter, Weiner declares that he “knew it would be tough,” and that he “knew that the mistakes of my personal life would make things difficult for me and for my family.” Indeed, he writes that “some people insisted that I shouldn’t even be allowed to run.”
Weiner then makes his pitch, arguing “that question should be left to the voters.”
“This fight,” Weiner says “is too important to leave New Yorkers without a choice,” and that he wants to “give them the power to decide who their Mayor will be.” He does not make any mention of other candidates in the race.
Weiner goes on to state that he is fighting for the middle class and points to a book he wrote as evidence of his commitment. He says that he has “visited citizens who have been hungry for a voice after years of feeling marginalized or ignored.” New Yorkers, he says, have “responded in resounding ways” to his campaign.
Still, he says, “with 47 days left until the primary, some powerful voices are making it clear that they still don’t want” him in the campaign, and he admits that “yesterday’s news has given them fresh fodder.”
“I owe it to you to try to explain,” Weiner writes in the sixth of twelve paragraphs.
“Sending these embarrassing messages to women online, whom I never met, was a personal failing that was hurtful to my wife and a part of my life that Huma and I have put behind us,” he wrote, echoing similar statements he made yesterday at the press conference.
The disgraced former congressman then admits that the sexual chats with women other than his wife “didn’t happen once,” but were “a terrible mistake” that he “unfortunately returned to during a rough time in our marriage.”
Weiner does not specify what caused the marital troubles, but says that “after a lot of reflection, some professional help, and a general reorientation of my life, Huma has given me a second chance,” something for which he says he will “never stop being grateful.”
Weiner then says that he’s “repeatedly” answered questions regarding these chats and that he “was clear that these relationships took place over an extended period of time with more than one person.” However, he does “regret not saying explicitly when these exchanges happened.”
Notably, he avoids explicitly saying anything specific about the most recent exchanges that have come to light, which allegedly took place in the latter half of 2012 with a then-22 year-old liberal activist in Indiana. By Andrew McCarthy’s reckoning here on the Corner, these conversations may’ve taken place over a year after Weiner resigned over the original scandal, and six months after his wife, Clinton adviser Huma Abedin, gave birth to their son.
All of this is irrelevant, Weiner says, because “the bottom line is that the ‘news’ today” is about his “past life.” He then pledges to try to win over people who are skeptical of him because of his personal life.
“This fight is too important to give up, because I’ve had embarrassing personal things become public,” he writes, insisting that the campaign is not about him. Rather, it’s “about a great city that is beginning to lose its mantle as the Capital of the Middle Class,” and “the challenge of finding affordable housing, a good job with benefits and a public school that attracts the greatest teachers and produces the smartest kids.”
“This race for Mayor isn’t about me. It’s about you. And I’ll never lose sight of that,” Weiner said.
Weiner finishes out the e-mail by saying that “New Yorkers don’t quit, and I’ll never quit on you.”