Mayoral candidates are calling for rival Anthony Weiner to drop out of the race after the former congressman confirmed the authenticity of newly published lewd images and messages online.
Democrat Bill de Blasio
Enough is enough. I’m calling on Anthony to withdraw from this race — for the good of the city that I know he loves as much as all of us.— Bill de Blasio (@deBlasioNYC) July 23, 2013
Republican John Catsimatidis:
.@JCats2013: “Weiner should do what is right for his family and our city and drop out of the race for mayor so we can end this soap opera."— Thomas Kaplan (@thomaskaplan)
Democrat Sal Albanese
"From the moment he entered the race, I’ve said that Tony Weiner was unfit to serve as Mayor of our great city. Today, that is clearer than ever.
Since he entered public life, Tony has made a career of misleading New Yorkers rather than improving their lives. When he ran for City Council, he misled them with a racially-charged mailer about his opponent. As a Councilman, he mislead tenants to believe he would support rent control. As a Congressman, he sent sexually explicit photos to women, then told a bold-faced lie on national television, saying that he was an innocent victim of hacking.
Now, just 49 days before the election, he admits that he mislead us again. Unfortunately, my other opponents have danced around the issue. I’m not going to do that. I’m calling for Anthony Weiner to do right by New Yorkers and withdraw from the race."
Democrat John Liu
It’s hard to believe that guy could have even more exposure; it’s one thing if there are more old pictures surfacing but it would be utterly unbelievable if he was doing this after he resigned.
Weiner, meanwhile, has announced a news conference for 5 p.m.