Former Rep. Anthony Weiner is ignoring mounting calls for him to get out of the race for mayor. At a mayoral debate in the Bronx Wednesday, he insisted that he is not a distraction, but given the attention he is generating, there is no question his campaign is turning the Democratic primary into a bit of a circus. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner is moving ahead with his campaign for mayor, a comeback bid that now thrown into question by new revelations about his online sex habits. He kept sending sexual messages and photos even after resigning from Congress two years ago.
"What's true is true. The facts have not changed, that what I did was wrong," he said.
More of his rivals are now saying it is time for Weiner to end his campaign.
"I think consensus has emerged across the city that Anthony should not run, and I agree with that," said Democratic mayoral candidate William Thompson.
A new poll, taken before Weiner's big confession, showed him in the lead in the Democratic primary.
Inside the debate, moderated by NY1 Political Anchor Errol Louis, it was mostly back to business, until former City Councilman Sal Albanese told Weiner he was diverting attention from important issues.
"You are distracting from focusing on the middle class and ideas," Albanese said.
In response, Weiner said, "I'm here having a serious conversation about issues. That's what these good people came to hear. Let's honor their being here."
After the debate, Weiner said it would be up to the voters to decide whether they want him to be mayor.
"So far, they've responded very well to the conversation I want to have with them," he said.
He did display a sense of humor about his circumstances. In response to a question posed to all of the candidates about whether they prefer Facebook or Twitter, he shook his head.