Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: The voters are going to ‘take care’ of Weiner race

Patrick Howley Political Reporter
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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz declined to comment on Anthony Weiner’s lurid sexting with a younger woman despite previously blasting Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for trying to distance themselves from 2012 Republican Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin.

“Anthony Weiner is a candidate. He’s not an elected official. He’s not holding public office, and I, as I’ve said before, I think that primary will play out on its own and it appears that the voters are going to take care of that,” Wasserman-Schultz said on C-Span Sunday, appearing to reference Weiner’s sagging poll numbers.

“I don’t think it’s relevant, or, it’s not relevant for us to weigh in. We can’t be weighing in in every single race in the country,” Wasserman-Schultz, who is also a member of Congress from Florida, said.

Wasserman-Schultz famously went into the summer of 2012 fearing for her job security before a certain Missouri Senate candidate suggested in August that legitimate rape would take care of pregnancy. Wasserman-Schultz felt the remark was offensive to women.

“And what do Romney and Ryan think of Akin’s latest statement? They’ve been trying to distance themselves from it —- but Congressman Ryan has already partnered with Akin on a whole host of issues that restrict women’s ability to make their own health care decisions,” Wasserman-Schultz wrote in an August 2012 campaign email.

Wasserman-Schultz is just the latest Democrat to stay away from the New York mayoral race. Bill Clinton also recently said that he and Hillary are “a hundred miles away from that race.”

“So, the feelings I have are all personal, and since they are, I shouldn’t talk about them,” said Clinton, to whom Weiner has been described as a veritable protege through his wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton.

Anthony Weiner, once the front-runner, now trails far behind Christine Quinn, Bill de Blasio, and Bill Thompson after new revelations that he sexted with a woman named Sydney Leathers even after he resigned from Congress.

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