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State and Nation

July 24, 2013

Weiner shrugs off demands that he drop out

— NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Weiner pressed ahead with his campaign for mayor Wednesday, shrugging off growing calls for him to drop out over a newly disclosed round of raunchy exchanges with a woman online.

As rivals and newspapers pressed the Democrat to bow out a day after he acknowledged he kept sexting even after it destroyed his congressional career two years ago, he prepared to testify at a public housing hearing and participate in a candidate forum in the evening.

"I have posited this whole campaign on a bet, and that is that, at the end of the day, citizens are more interested in the challenge they face in their lives than in anything that I have done, embarrassing, in my past," he told an encampment of reporters as he left his Manhattan home in the morning.

"This is not about me" but about voters, he said, and headed for his campaign office.

The latest scandal erupted Tuesday after the gossip website The Dirty posted X-rated messages and a crotch shot it said he exchanged with a woman last year while using the online alias "Carlos Danger."

At a news conference Tuesday evening, Weiner, who has been a favorite in polls since he launched his political comeback attempt in late May, stood side-by-side with his clearly uncomfortable wife, Huma Abedin, and said he hoped the voters would give him another chance.

Abedin, a longtime adviser to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, reaffirmed her love and support for her husband and said the matter was "between us."

On Wednesday, two of the city's major newspapers, The New York Times and the Daily News, said the 48-year-old Democrat had exhausted his opportunities for forgiveness with his latest indiscretions, which went on well after he resigned from Congress because of similar behavior.

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