The campaign manager for Anthony Weiner resigned this weekend as calls for the New York mayoral candidate to leave the race mounted. But Weiner might have strong reasons for staying in.
By Mark Sappenfield, Staff writer / July 28, 2013
That was true when he was a member of Congress, where he sometimes spoke from the House floor in a verbal conflagration on the order of Sherman blazing through Atlanta. It was true when he entered the race for New York mayor two years after resigning from Congress in disgrace – the titters of disbelief still audible in the press gallery. And it remains true today, when he has not pointedly not listened to his former leader in the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who captured the feeling of many Americans in telling Mr. Weiner to "get a clue" and drop out of the mayoral race.
At this point, Weiner's refusal to give up his bid to be mayor of New York seems to have more than a whiff of sheer stubbornness. This, after all, is the man who continued the very behavior that forced him to resign from Congress – trading raunchy and racy online posts with single women – for more than a year after he left Washington. And that revelation, uncovered Tuesday, is what has brought us all to this moment of midsummer political tragicomedy.