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Saturday
Aug032013

Anthony Weiner Appoints New Campaign Manager, Blitzes Local Media

Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Anthony Weiner’s New York City mayoral campaign has confirmed the appointment of Camille Joseph as campaign manager, thus filling the spot vacated when Danny Kedem quit as campaign manager a week ago.

Joseph, a former aide to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., was formerly the campaign’s political director.

The move comes as Weiner seeks to put to rest questions about the sexting scandal that continues to dog him on the campaign trail. To that end, the embattled former congressman fielded questions from several New York media outlets at his campaign headquarters early Friday afternoon.

“I guess what I can’t dispute for a minute is that days and days and days of headlines about my personal life isn’t helpful,” he told ABC News affiliate WABC, admitting that questions about his past conduct were hurting his ability to connect with voters.

Weiner, 48, said he was staying in the race, but could not rule out additional embarrassing communications or pictures from his past resurfacing.

“These things are behind me 100 percent,” he told WABC.  “I still can’t say that someone else might not have something from two years ago or last year.”

The latest disclosures have cost him his front-runner status in the Democratic primary race.

He also added in a separate interview with WNBC that he had deleted all the records associated with his past lewd conduct. “I don’t have any of the records,” he said. “I deleted everything.”

Weiner also denied reports that the Clinton family is upset about his remaining in the race and said he had not spoken recently with the Clintons.

“I have no reason to believe that she [Hillary Clinton] is annoyed,” Weiner told WNBC.

The New York City primary election is Sept. 10.

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Sunday
Jul282013

Crisis Expert Judy Smith: Support of Weiner’s Wife ‘Made No Difference’

ABC News(WASHIGNTON) -- Judy Smith, the high-profile crisis management expert whose career inspired the hit ABC television show Scandal, said Sunday on This Week that even though wives who support politicians amid sex scandals usually mitigate public criticism, Anthony Weiner’s wife standing by his side “made no difference whatsoever because his behavior is just reprehensible.”

Huma Abedin, a long-time aide to Hillary Clinton, defended her husband after he admitted earlier this week that he continued to send sexually explicit messages and photos months after his resignation. Initial reports of Weiner’s sexting emerged in May 2011, leading him to step down from his post as a U.S. congressman.

“It was not an easy choice in any way,” Abedin said in a press conference last Tuesday. “But I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage. That was a decision I made for me, for our son and for our family.”

Smith told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on the This Week roundtable that Weiner’s indiscretions are not “the usual politician having an affair. There’s an element of creepiness to this.”

She said the American people want him to step down and that “he’s trying so hard to put the genie back in the bottle. It’s not going to happen for him. He can’t do it.”

Smith, a seasoned “fixer” of media firestorms whose client rolodex includes Paula Deen, Monica Lewinsky and Michael Vick, said, “It’s apparent that [Weiner is] not listening to anyone, because his campaign manager just quit.”

She said another disgraced elected official now running for office in New York City, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, has navigated his re-entry into the political spotlight with greater success.

“I think Spitzer’s done a good job in addressing the elephant in a room in particular in his ads and saying, ‘Yes, I’ve made a mistake, but I’m here to serve,’” Smith said.

She also contrasted Spitzer, who’s seeking a lower position following his prostitution scandal in 2008, with Weiner, who’s pursuing the highly influential office of New York City mayor.

Spitzer is “really taking a lower position, comptroller, trying to get that, by saying let me re-engage you and build back up the trust from the public,” Smith said.

Smith compared Weiner to San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who recently captured headlines as the number of women accusing him of sexual harassment rose to seven, saying Weiner is “sort of engaging in the same behavior.”

While Weiner has not shown signs of leaving the mayor’s race following the latest revelations, Smith advised him to throw in the towel.

“Clearly, he has sort of an interest in keeping the late night talk show host folks going with it, but, yeah, he needs to step down,” Smith said.

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Sunday
Jul282013

Anthony Weiner’s Campaign Manager Drops Out

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Anthony Weiner isn’t dropping out of the New York mayoral race, but his campaign manager is.

As the fallout from a sexting scandal intensifies, a person close to the campaign tells ABC News that Danny Kedem, the campaign manager, has stepped aside.

It is the latest sign of discord inside the Weiner campaign, where the candidate is calling his own shots and becoming alienated from many of his former allies, advisers and supporters.

But Weiner is forging ahead with his candidacy, saying voters should determine his fate. He taped a new campaign commercial on Saturday and attended a church service on Sunday.

The resignation of Kedem, first reported by The New York Times, is only the latest jolt to Weiner’s candidacy.

Kedem told Weiner of his decision to leave over the weekend, a person close to the campaign said, after Weiner insisted he was staying in the race.

Kedem, 31, took the reins of Weiner’s improbable candidacy earlier this spring and helped lead him to the front of the pack of candidates seeking to follow Michael Bloomberg as the next mayor of New York.

He was a junior aide on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, where he worked as a field organizer in several primary states. His abrupt departure suggests the inner circle is tightening even more around Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin.

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Wednesday
Jul182012

McCain Defends Hillary Clinton Aide Against Bachmann Accusation

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Describing the accusations against her as “ugly” and “sinister,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., came to the defense of Huma Abedin, longtime aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Last week five Republican members of the House of Representatives, including former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, made claims that Abedin’s family has ties to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and questioned whether she is part of a nefarious conspiracy to harm the United States by influencing U.S. foreign policy with her high-level position at the State Department.

“The Departments Deputy, Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, has three family members – her late father, her mother and her brother – connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and /or organizations. Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy making,” according to the June 13th letter, signed by Reps. Bachmann, R-Minn., Trent Franks,  R-Ariz., Louie Gohmert,  R-Texas, Thomas Rooney, R-Fla., and Lynn Westmoreland, R-GA.

The letter was sent to Harold Geisel, the Deputy Inspector General at the Department of State, while similar copies were sent to the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

[ READ THE LETTER TO GIESEL HERE ]

The lawmakers point to a report by the Center for Security Policy, a conservative think tank, which makes the allegations about Abedin’s family ties and calls on the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of State to begin an investigation into the possibility that Abedin and other American officials are using their influence to promote the cause of the Muslim Brotherhood within the U.S. government.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., took to the Senate floor today to rip apart his fellow Republicans’ accusations and came to the defense of Abedin, whom he calls a “fine and decent American,” after observing her work as both a long-time aide to Clinton while she was a Senator and as the Secretary of State.

“These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way,” McCain said. “These attacks have no logic, no basis, and no merit and they need to stop. They need to stop now.”

McCain argued that there is no evidence to back up the claims by the House Republicans.

“To say that the accusations made in both documents are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it,” McCain said. “The letter in the report offer not one instance of an action, a decision or a public position that Huma has taken while at the State Department or as a member of then-Senator Clinton’s staff that would lend credence to the charge that she is promoting anti-American activities within our government.”

McCain said that no one, “not least a member of Congress,” should launch such a “degrading attack against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are an ignorance of that hey stand for.”

A statement issued after McCain’s speech by Bachmann suggested the letter was being taken out of context.

[ READ BACHMANN’S RESPONSE HERE ]

The controversy comes at a time when Abedin’s husband, disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, may be trying to revamp and clean up his image. After being out of the public eye for over a year following an embarrassing sexting scandal which led to his resignation from Congress, rumors are swirling that Weiner may be planning a bid to succeed Michael Bloomberg as New York City’s mayor.

“It took a lot of work to get to where [we] are today, but I want people to know we’re a normal family,” Abedin told People magazine in an interview this week with her husband.

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Monday
Jun042012

Anthony Weiner's Latest Gig? Stay-at-Home Dad

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Remember that time a congressman from New York named Anthony Weiner sent a suggestive picture of himself in his boxer briefs to a woman on Twitter?

That was this week last year. Weiner eventually resigned, but not before lying about the photo and claiming it was a prank. Here’s a video of his telling ABC’s Jon Karl that he was the victim of hacking, which we later learned was opposite of the truth.

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Weiner is now out of the limelight. The New York Post says he’s a stay-at-home dad for his baby son, while his wife, Huma Abedin, flies around with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as her aide. He apparently offers paid political advice, but “hasn’t figured out what his next real act will be,” according to the Post.

Here’s a look at some other congressional cads.

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Wednesday
Oct122011

Anthony Weiner's Sexting Partner: Politician Criticized Muslim In-Laws

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK ) -- A sexting partner of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner is releasing a book this week detailing more about what the New York politician wrote in the infamous text messages that cost him his job.

Traci Noble, a former cheerleader coach from Georgia, has written a book, I Freinded You, with the intentional misspelling. In excerpts obtained by MailOnline, Noble writes that Weiner sent her a “friend” request and began Facebook chatting with her after she posted on his public Facebook page.  She said he used the Yahoo chat name “rockoh77″ and his avatar was a picture of his niece.

Weiner resigned in June after he accidentally tweeted public a lewd photo he meant to stay between himself and other woman. He at first lied, saying his Twitter account had been hacked, but then admitted to sending the photo and carrying on sexually charged electronic relationships with several women.

In excerpts of Noble’s book obtained by MailOnline, she writes that she and Weiner shared more than just dirty talk. Weiner confided in her about his relationship with his in-laws, allegedly saying they were “backwards thinking.”

Weiner is married to Huma Abedin, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff.  Abedin is pregnant with the couple’s first child. She and her parents are Muslim. Weiner is Jewish.

In one text, Weiner allegedly writes, “Well a lot has to do with religion, lots of restrictions and how I’ve never really been accepted by them.”

Noble says he texted her that Abedin’s parents believe he should convert to the Muslim faith.

“Yeah, it makes for a lot of uncomfortable meetings,” Weiner allegedly texted.

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Wednesday
Sep142011

GOP Victory: Bob Turner Wins Anthony Weiner's House Seat

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an upset to Democrats both locally and nationally, Republican Bob Turner defeated Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin in Tuesday's special election to replace Anthony Weiner in New York’s ninth Congressional district.

The race for the Congressional seat, which had been too close to call, was one that Republicans were hoping to frame as a referendum on President Obama.  Sending a message to the White House on both economic and foreign policy issues was a frequent message touted by Turner and his supporters.

“This message will resound for a full year.  It will resound into 2012,” Turner said at his victory party in Howard Beach.  “I only hope our voices are heard, and we can start putting things right again.”

The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee quickly put out a statement congratulating Turner and saying the win is a “clear rebuke of President Obama’s policies” and it “delivers a blow to Democrats’ goal of making Nancy Pelosi the Speaker again.”

“New Yorkers put Washington Democrats on notice that voters are losing confidence in a President whose policies assault job-creators and affront Israel.  An unpopular President Obama is now a liability for Democrats nationwide in a 2012 election that is a referendum on his economic policies,” the statement reads.

Longtime New York City Democratic analyst Hank Sheinkopf says there is no doubt voters were trying to send a message to the White House, and Democrats should see Tuesday’s results as a bellwether for 2012.

“The Democrats said no to Obama, no to his economic plan, and no to his position on Israel,” Sheinkopf told ABC News.  “It’s major smack at Democrats, a definite rejection of President Obama and it’s a warning that says if Catholics in the most blue of blue states can vote for the Republican they can do it in other states as well and the Democrats may have real trouble.”

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Tuesday
Sep132011

Dead Voters in NY-9? Candidate Bob Turner Obtains Order Sealing Paper Ballots

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Claiming a handful of deceased voters have been mailed absentee ballots for Tuesday’s special election in New York to replace Anthony Weiner, an attorney for Republican congressional candidate Bob Turner told ABC News that he has obtained a court order to seal all paper ballots in New York’s 9th Congressional District, pending judicial review.

“We found five dead people, confirmed, who were mailed absentee ballots,” said Turner’s attorney, Grant Lally. “Some of these people have been dead for years.”

Lally said he also knows of at least one person who came to the Turner campaign claiming he or she had been sent an absentee ballot, even though the voter had not filled out an application.

“They just got it in the mail from the Board of Elections,” Lally told ABC News two hours before the polls closed Tuesday in the tight race between Turner and Democratic state assemblyman David Weprin.

“Either it is a massive failure at the Board of Elections, or someone is fraudulently filing absentee applications,” Lally said, suggesting that the number of absentee ballots known to have been sent to deceased voters may just be “the tip of the iceberg.”

“This is an indication that there may be widespread voter fraud going on,” he said.

Calls and emails to Weprin’s campaign were not returned.

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Tuesday
Sep132011

Is Race to Replace Anthony Weiner a Referendum on Obama?

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(FOREST HILLS, N.Y.) -- Tuesday’s election in New York’s 9th congressional district has Republican Bob Turner facing off against Democrat David Weprin, but on the campaign trail Monday in Queens, the words Obama and Israel were heard almost as much as Turner and Weprin.

The race to replace former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner is too close to call, with Republicans trying to frame the contest as a referendum on President Obama -- although turnout is usually low in a special election.

Weprin, a state assemblyman, campaigned at a senior center, held a rally at his Forest Hills headquarters and greeted voters at a subway stop, while Turner, a retired media executive, held a rally with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.  At both events the issue of Israel, as well as the economy, was the focus of the candidates and their supporters.

Weprin is an Orthodox Jew, while Turner is an observant Catholic, and both groups are heavily represented in the district.  Despite being a heavily Democratic district, Israel has become one of the biggest issues in the race for Jewish voters who are upset at President Obama’s call to return to Israel’s pre-1967 borders.

Giuliani, standing with Turner outside the Forest Hills train station, spent a large portion of his comments talking about Israel.  He said a Turner victory would have the White House “thinking about a new policy with regard to the state of Israel.”

When asked if he was surprised that the issue had become such an important one in the race when his opponent is Jewish, Turner acknowledged that he and Weprin’s views on Israel are similar, but it’s about the president’s stance on Israel.

“It’s not about my position or his (Weprin) which are pretty identical, it’s the president’s position and if you are with the party or against it, simple as that and will this district, which is surprisingly overwhelmingly Democratic, will they go along with the president and be able to be taken for granted as it were or will they send this message of protest and dissatisfaction,” Turner told ABC News.

Giuliani did not hesitate to criticize Weprin, saying he has a “willingness to follow anything the Obama administration wants him to do or say” on the Israel issue.

At his rally, Weprin was flanked by City Council speaker Christine Quinn and Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., among other supporters.  They linked Turner with the Tea Party, John Boehner and Eric Cantor, and said Turner can’t be trusted to protect popular entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, adding that the race is about “preserving” those programs.

However, Israel was also a focus and Weprin made it clear that that he is a strong supporter, pointing out that he’s been there eight times and said Turner’s Israel advocacy is politically motivated.

In a Siena poll released Friday, Turner was leading Weprin among likely voters, with a 50-44 percent margin.  The same poll found 43 percent of voters approving Obama’s job performance while 54 percent disapproved.

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Friday
Sep092011

GOP Challenger Pulls Ahead in Race for Weiner’s Spot

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) - There’s some bad news for the White House and the Democratic Party regarding the special election to fill Anthony Weiner’s vacated congressional seat in New York.

Although Democrats hold a three-to-one registration advantage over Republicans in the district, Republican Bob Turner has opened a lead over Democrat David Weprin, grabbing 50 percent compared with Weprin's 44 of likely voters, according to a new Siena Research Institute poll.

The election is next Tuesday.

A Turner victory would be an ominous sign for Democrats and President Obama’s re-election campaign, as the district, which spans Brooklyn and Queens, is filled with the kind of white, middle-class, usually reliable Democratic voters that the president needs in his corner to win re-election.

However, the poll also found that voters in the district are down on the president, and the direction of the country.

The voters’ views of the candidates has clearly changed: Weprin’s unfavorable ratings shot up, to 41 percent from 24 percent a month ago.  And by a 43-32 percent margin, likely voters say Turner is running the more positive campaign.

Sensing the seat could be slipping away, the national Democratic Party has begun pouring money into the race – including a $500,000 infusion this week from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  Even if Weprin can pull out a victory, it is still an enormous expenditure in an election Democrats once believed was a lock.

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