The New York Times editorial board called on Anthony Weiner to drop out of the city’s mayoral race on Tuesday, a decision he opted against during a press conference in which he apologized for new allegations of sexually explicit chats that occurred after his resignation from Congress:
The timing here matters, as it would for any politician who violates the public’s trust and then asks to have it back. Things are different now, he insists. “This behavior is behind me,” he said again on Tuesday. He suggested that people should have known that his sexting was an unresolved problem well into 2012.
That’s ridiculous and speaks to a familiar but repellent pattern of misleading and evasion. It’s up to Mr. Weiner if he wants to keep running, to count on voters to forgive and forget and hand him the keys to City Hall. But he has already disqualified himself.
“Mr. Weiner says he is staying in the mayoral race,” it continues. “To those who know his arrogance and have grown tired of the tawdry saga he has dragged the city into, this is not surprising.”
Read the editorial in full here.
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