Anthony Weiner Asks Voters To Focus On His ‘Vision’ Rather Than ‘Revelations From My Past’

In an email to supporters Monday afternoon, New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner criticized the media and his rivals for focusing on his latest sexting scandal. He also asked voters to focus on his political “vision” for the city rather than “old stories” about his private life. 

“TV pundits, newspaper publishers and, of course, my opponents – they’ve all made up their minds that they want to stop our campaign right now. Well, at least they are consistent. These same folks have been howling about me running from the moment I first got in. But this race isn’t about them. It’s about you. You should decide,” Weiner wrote. “I knew that revelations about my past private life might come back to embarrass me. I never hid from that possibility. But, I waged this campaign on a bet that the citizens of my city would be more interested in a vision for improving their lives rather than in old stories about mine.”

Weiner closed the email by asking supporters to donate to help him “fight back.”

Read the full email below:

“From: Anthony Weiner

Subject: [Redacted] – I’ll let you decide.

Dear [Redacted]:


So here is what I learned this weekend – a lot of people who don’t have a vote, want to decide who our next Mayor will be.


TV pundits, newspaper publishers and, of course, my opponents – they’ve all made up their minds that they want to stop our campaign right now. 


Well, at least they are consistent. These same folks have been howling about me running from the moment I first got in. 


But this race isn’t about them. It’s about you. You should decide.


I knew that revelations about my past private life might come back to embarrass me. I never hid from that possibility. But, I waged this campaign on a bet that the citizens of my city would be more interested in a vision for improving their lives rather than in old stories about mine.


I am going to continue to lead the debate about ideas for the middle class and those struggling to make it. Soon, I will publish yet another book of ideas for New York. I will be giving more policy speeches and revamping our website to include even more ways that New Yorkers can become involved with our campaign. I’ll be showing up at community forums, televised debates, street fairs, worship services and just about everywhere that New Yorkers gather. In short, I’m going to keep doing what I’ve always done. I’m going to keep on fighting for my city.


And then you get to decide who will be our next Mayor, not them.


I hope to see you soon,


Anthony


PS – My opponents have some pretty big megaphones on their side.  If you’d like to help me fight back, please donate $10, $20 or anything you can afford by clicking below.”

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