Anthony Weiner: If Internet didn’t exist ‘I’d probably get elected mayor’

Jamie Weinstein | Senior Writer

Anthony Weiner is blaming his recent electoral defeat on Al Gore. Kind of.

The disgraced former New York congressman, who finished near the back of the pack in the recent New York City Democratic mayoral primary, says all would be different if the Internet was never invented.

“And maybe if the Internet didn’t exist? Like, if I was running in 1955? I’d probably get elected mayor,” he told GQ magazine.

Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after it was revealed he was tweeting pictures of his wiener to random women online. After entering the New York City mayoral race earlier this year, he initially rocketed to the top of the crowded field of candidates, only to drop precipitously in the polls after it was discovered he continued to engage in lewd conversations with women online even after he was forced out of Congress in disgrace.

During the interview, Weiner refused to say whether he and his wife, Hillary Clinton-aide Huma Abedin, will stay together.

“One thing I’m grateful for is that now I’m under no obligation to answer anything like this,” he said. “But we’ve had a very rough time. It causes me a great deal of pain in the way she gets reported and the way she gets discussed. Her treatment in the press has been rough. It pains me because I deserve it. She doesn’t…I duck it as best I can,” he added, “but her reputation has become the Woman Who Married an Idiot and Stuck with Him. More of it rolls off my back, because that’s the way I am constitutionally. She’s more sensitive. I’m just an empty, soulless vessel, so it doesn’t hurt me as much.”

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