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Online Scandal Overshadows Weiner's Visit To Sandy-Damaged Staten Island

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Despite coming to Staten Island on Friday to tour a waterfront home damaged by Hurricane Sandy, mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner could not shift the focus away from the latest revelations surrounding his online sex scandal, a topic that NY1's Grace Rauh reports has come to dominate his campaign trail.

When Anthony Weiner came to Staten Island on Friday to tour a Tottenville waterfront home damaged by hurricane Sandy, a mob of cameras and reporters only cared about one thing.

With the exception of one question from NY1 about the city's response to help homeowners, the media and present voters focused instead on the online sex scandal threatening to derail Weiner's campaign for mayor.

"I don't quite understand how you would feel you would have the moral authority as the head administrator in this city to oversee employees when your standard of conduct is so much lower than the standard of conduct that's expected of us," said voter and former New York City teacher Peg Brunda.

"Are you not voting for me?" responded Weiner.

"I would not vote for you, sir," answered Brunda.

Such is life on the campaign trail for Weiner, days after admitting he continued to send sexual messages and photos to women he met online after he resigned from Congress.

A pack of reporters and cameras track his every move, he is the laughing stock of late-night television, and even high-brow publications, like the New Yorker, are having a field day with his story.

Weiner, however, is forging ahead.

"Many people want to talk about their future, not necessarily my past," said Weiner.

Though his opponents are piling on the criticism as well, it seems to be doing little to shake Wiener's resolve.

"You need someone as mayor who’s serious about the job, who’s focused on the needs of New Yorkers, not their own self-aggrandizement," said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

"He must leave this race for mayor," said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. "He cannot play a productive roll anymore. He is distracting us from the issues we need to talk about. He is distracting us from what New Yorkers are going through."

Some onlookers in Staten Island, though, said it was the media causing the distraction, not Weiner.

"Regardless of what his iPhone did or didn't do, I'm happy he is at least drawing attention," said local resident Steven Austin. "All press is good press, right?"

As for the New Yorker who welcomed the former Congressman inside to tour his storm-damaged home on Friday, he seemed pleased with the turnout, though he refused to say whether he would actually vote for Weiner.

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