Weiner admits more sexting; poll numbers plunge
Anthony Weiner revealed Thursday that he engaged in lewd cyberaffairs with up to three women after quitting Congress over similar misbehavior, and as many as 10 in the past five years — the latest in a series of disclosures that have put his New York mayoral campaign into free fall.
It was one of the most damaging days for Weiner in his political comeback bid.
An NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll conducted after the revelation he had an X-rated online relationship with a 23-year-old woman, Sydney Leathers, showed his support dropping sharply and his unfavorable rating at an all-time high.
Weiner’s favorability rating among registered Democrats has plunged to 30 percent, from 52 percent in June, according to the poll taken Wednesday — the day after news broke about his post-congressional sexting. His unfavorability rating shot up to 55 percent. It was 36 percent in June.
He also dropped to second place in the Sept. 10 primary fight, trailing City Council Speaker Christine Quinn 25 percent to 16 percent.
Weiner denied that his serial Internet-sex appetites amounted to an addiction. “I don’t believe that it is. The people that I’m working with don’t believe that it is,” he said. Explaining that comment, his spokeswoman, Barbara Morgan, said Weiner is “in therapy.”
Leathers said in an interview on the TV show “Inside Edition” that Weiner should “stop lying, stop embarrassing his wife and get help.”