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NY Times editorial board: Weiner should drop out of NYC mayoral race

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

In its Wednesday edition, The New York Times editorial board called on former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner to drop out of the New York City mayoral race.

On Tuesday, Weiner held a press conference following allegations made on the website The Dirty  showing he had engaged in “sexting” with an anonymous 22-year-old woman. In the conference, with his wife Huma Abedin by his side, Weiner acknowledged some indiscretions.

But that wasn’t good enough for the Times editorial board.

“At some point, the full story of Anthony Weiner and his sexual relationships and texting habits will finally be told,” the editorial said. “In the meantime, the serially evasive Mr. Weiner should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the Web and out of the race for mayor of New York City.”

The Times continues its scathing rebuke of Weiner, citing the timing of Weiner’s misdeeds as cause for concern. It also states “it’s difficult not to feel for” Abedin, but argues that since Weiner is seeking public office, adhering to calls to respect the former New York Democrat congressman and his wife’s privacy are difficult to adhere to.

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