Paul Ryan Can’t Figure Out Why People Keep Mistaking Him For Anthony Weiner

At left, Anthony Weiner in a photo that emerged from his sexting scandal. At right, Paul Ryan photo from Time magazine.

Wisconsinites keep mistaking Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for other well-known politicians — including Anthony Weiner.

“I’ve been confused for Anthony Weiner twice now. I don’t know how this keeps happening,” Ryan told a group of Republicans on Wednesday at an event in Mount Pleasant, Mich., according to

The former vice presidential candidate went for some comic relief during his speech when he shared some of the more “humbling moments” he’s experienced during his political career. Ryan recounted how one woman asked to take a picture with him in the Milwaukee airport because she mistook him for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).

“We got a person walking by to, you know, gave her a phone to take a picture,” he said. “Then she said, ‘It’s so nice to finally meet you Gov. Walker. I’ve always wanted to meet you in person.'”

Soon after, he was mistaken for Weiner, the Democrat whose sexting scandals derailed first his career as a congressman from New York and later his bid to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor of New York City.

“I went on this flight a week later. And the flight attendants were looking at me and kind of whispering at each other and pointing,” Ryan recalled. “And then, finally one of them comes up to me and says, ‘You’re somebody famous, aren’t you? Are you Anthony Weiner?'”

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Photos: At left, Anthony Weiner in a photo that emerged from his sexting scandal. At right, Paul Ryan photo from Time magazine.

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