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Calls For Weiner To Drop Out Of Mayoral Race Grow

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Calls are growing for Anthony Weiner to end his run for mayor after he was forced to admit he continued to have sexual conversations online more than a year after the sexting scandal that drove him from Congress.

In an awkward news conference Tuesday, Weiner insisted he is staying in the race.

In a mass campaign email to supporters today, Weiner repeated his resolve to stay in the race, ending with, "New Yorkers don't quit, and I'll never quit on you."

The bombshell revelation first appeared Tuesday on the gossip website TheDirty.com, where an anonymous woman claims Weiner used the alias "Carlos Danger" to exchange sexually charged messages and explicit images with her last summer.

She also said Weiner offered to get her a condo in Chicago where they could meet.

Weiner acknowledges some of what was posted was accurate.

Speaking from outside his Gramercy Park home Tuesday, he said it's up to the voters to decide.

"A lot of people have been crying out for someone to talk about the issues important to the middle class. And a lot of the same people who weren't crazy about me running in the first place now want me to get out including my opponents who i'm sure didn't want me in the race in the first place," Weiner said.

The former Queens representative and his wife Huma Abedin both addressed the latest round of lewd messages on Tuesday.

It was the first time Abedin had ever appeared at a news conference with her husband.

The couple said they are putting Weiner's issues in the past and moving forward with his campaign.

"There's no question that what I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me, I've apologized to my wife Huma and I'm grateful that she has worked through these issues with me and I have had her forgiveness," Weiner said.

"Anthony has made some horrible mistakes, both before he resigned from Congress, and after. But I do very strongly believe that that is between us and our marriage," Abedin added.

Weiner resigned from Congress back in June 2011.

When he launched his campaign for mayor, he led voters to believe that his resignation marked the turning point in his behavior.

Meantime, two of the city's major newspapers are both demanding Weiner drop out of the mayor's race.

The New York Times said, in part, "The serially evasive Mr. Weiner should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the Web and out of the race for mayor of New York City."

The Daily News took a similar tone, saying, "He is not fit to lead America’s premier city. Lacking the dignity and discipline that New York deserves in a mayor, Weiner must recognize that his demons have no place in City Hall."

Weiner's rivals in the mayoral race are also calling on him to quit.

Democrat Bill de Blasio released a statement saying, "Enough is enough. I’m calling on Anthony to withdraw from this race for the good of the city that I know he loves as much as all of us."

Other candidates echoed those remarks.

"I believe we have a trust deficit. It's a problem. Twenty-nine percent of the electorate comes out to vote. Seventy-one percent of the people stay home because they don't believe in politicians any more, and he's asking us to trust him? I think his candidacy should be over," said Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion.

"The issue of his relationship online or otherwise is between he and his wife, but the propensity for pornographic self-portraits is a valid issue for voters to consider," said Democratic mayoral candidate John Liu.

Republican John Catsimatidis also says Weiner should drop out of the race and "end the soap opera."

As expected, New Yorkers also had some choice words about Anthony Weiner's latest scandal.

"How do I know he won't continue to do it if he were elected? How do I know what else he is, what he's doing and not leveling with the people?" said one New Yorker.

"The fact that he would do something like that again in such public view kind of raises the issue for me of how intelligent that is. Like someone that's going to be running the city should at least have the smarts not to get caught doing something like that again, you know?" noted another New Yorker.

"Well, we all do mistakes. We all do. But I think he's a good politician. I think he could help New York a lot," said a third New Yorker.

Polls had shown Weiner in front of his Democratic rivals, but those surveys were conducted before yesterday's admissions.

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