Weiner sext scandal: 'I'm still running for mayor'

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner speaks during a news conference alongside his wife Huma Abedin. Photo / AP
New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner speaks during a news conference alongside his wife Huma Abedin. Photo / AP

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has admitted sending lewd texts and photographs under the moniker "Carlos Danger'' to a young woman after resigning from Congress over a similar scandal.

However in a press conference today, he's said he won't be dropping out of the mayoral race.

According to news website "The Dirty,'' Weiner, 48, used the name to contact the woman on Facebook and establish an online relationship with her which involved the exchange of intimate photographs.

In a statement from his campaign team earlier, Weiner confirmed that the latest allegations were substantially true but tried to present them as having been covered by his previous confession.

"I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have,'' it read.

"As I have said in the past, these things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress.

"While some things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me.''

Weiner reiterated at a news conference that he put such behavior behind him before deciding to run for mayor. His wife, Huma Abedin, stood by him, saying Weiner "made some horrible mistakes,'' but that she has forgiven him and believes in him.

A poll last week suggested Weiner is well-placed to become the Democratic candidate to succeed Michael Bloomberg as the mayor of New York, with voters apparently largely indifferent to his scandal-tainted past.

Pollsters from Quinnipiac University ascribed Weiner's strong showing to his popularity with women, even though his main rival for the Democratic nomination is New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn.

That popularity has been, in turn, put down to the fact that Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, a former advisor to Hillary Clinton, has stood by him.

Abedin was pregnant at the time of Weiner's resignation from Congress and she has since given birth to their son.

New York's primary elections are due on September 10 ahead of the mayoral election on November 5.

Current mayor Michael Bloomberg was elected as an independent, but New York has traditionally been regarded as Democratic turf, and the winner of that party's primary usually has a strong chance of going on to run the city.

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- AFP and AP

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