(CNN) – New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner issued an apology Thursday after a woman he was speaking to referred to his Democratic primary rival, Christine Quinn, using a gay slur.
Weiner said he had admonished the woman at the time, but was apologizing if anyone was left with the impression he condoned what she said about Quinn, who is a lesbian.
"Homophobia is vile and destructive and something I have fought against for the entirety of my career, including being a vocal supporter of gay marriage since 1998 and standing up on the floor of Congress for transgender Americans,” Weiner said in a statement that was distributed by his campaign on Twitter.
“I admonished the woman amid a large crowd on a street corner and by no means believe that anything about her comment was appropriate. If the impression is that I did, I apologize because behavior like this will absolutely not be tolerated in my administration," he said.
The exchange, which came while Weiner was canvassing New Yorkers for signatures on his ballot petition, was captured by a reporter for the Washington Post.
“You a registered Democrat?” Weiner asked a woman the Post described as elderly.
“I am, and I’m not voting for uh, what’s her name? The dyke,” the woman responded.
Weiner asked the woman to sign his petition before saying, “You really shouldn’t talk that way about people.”
After she apologized, the Post said Weiner responded, ““It’s okay. It’s not your fault.”
When asked about the exchange with the woman later, Weiner said he has “admonished her to not say anything further,” but that he had “no memory of saying anything beyond that.”
Weiner is making a political comeback attempt. He left Congress in 2011 after getting caught up in a lewd messaging scandal.
Polls have shown him trailing Quinn in their race for a spot on the ballot in November. Other Democrats in the race include New York City Public Advocate Bill de Balsio's and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson.
If she wins the Democratic primary and goes on to win the general election in November, Quinn would become New York’s first female and first openly gay mayor.
Proud of u dude.
It's about respect ..
He has a great wife , a great child , why dose he feel the need to be mayor ? His comeback has more to do with himself and his need for retribution .
Why not start on the school bored !
What an obscene joke this guy is. Way to go, Dems. This is your poster child.
Weiner, would it have been so hard to tell the bigot to buzz off? Do you even WANT her vote? By following through on alleged principles, you a) do the right thing, and b) look like a hero to liberal NYC voters in a small way. Instead, you act like a weasel.
Weiner...what an unfortunate name, the "butt" of soooo many jokes, haha!
Political grand standing and probably a setup. This guy has issues.
Sorry, no fan of this guy, but what exactly did he do wrong here? And, I'm gay, by the way...
Sounds like the GOP setting up their strategy to defeat Weiner in the fall.
No doubt Anthony will be the Weiner in this election.
This guy just can't win. Maybe if he kept his mouth shut
Why is this newsworthy?
It's like the Inquisition in here. Anyone who speaks heresy is shunned and driven into exile. Whatever happened to being open-minded and listening to a diversity of opinions?
I'm far from a Weiner fan, but why is he apologizing? An old woman used a slur, he told her not to do it again... and now he's apologizing for what the old woman said?
Why dos he need to apologize for someone else's stupidity? This guy is a clown show and I would never vote for someone like him mind you but he didn't do anything wrong at all.
Be real, that was a setup by the Weiner campaign in effort to try and gain support from the gay/lesbian voting block. Weiner and is old trick..lol
He doesn't condone it, won't tolerate it, but...can I have your signature? It takes more than talkin' the talk. Let's see you walk the walk!
Getoverit- Just like the Mark Sanford is the GOP's poster child?
this guy is a total joke. if he wins, there is something seriously wrong with our country
He was right about it not being her fault. It was likely the fault of her parents, and their parents, going all the way back in the annals of prejudice, fear and hate to the time when a group of superstitious, ignorant goatherds came up with a bunch of fables to "explain" it all. No, it isn't her fault – it is the fault of humankind.
I don't much care for this guy but why would he have to apologize for something someone else said ? Political correctness is out of control .
@InMyHappyPlace-We all have issues!
So he's responsible for comments made by the general public?
"Women for Anthony".
New York City voted in Bloomberg, then let him rewrite the laws to extend his dictatorship, which has brought the people less and less freedoms with every growing day he reigns. Now, the elected officials have final say in what you can eat and drink, and how much of it you can consume in one sitting, in the name of the greater good.
That's what it's come down to, New York. You are almost no better than California, which is almost no better than Venezuela and countless other failed attempts at progressive rule.
You deserve Weiner.
I generally like Weiner but still can't understand why we're forced to "forgive" so many politicians – rather than just find another one out of the 325 million people in America. Why even reconsider the people like Gingrich, Sanford, John Edwards, or Weiner when they've shown themselves capable of really stupid or unethical behavior?