Weiner sorry after woman uses gay slur
June 20th, 2013
07:56 PM ET
5 years ago

Weiner sorry after woman uses gay slur

(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.

Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York
soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. ObjectiveGuy

    Weiner apparently STILL has a bad memory of things he says and does. Let's hope the voters don't.

    June 21, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. roger

    What Weiner said to the woman shows he still is short of a full deck. I hope you people realize what a problem this guy is going to be if you vote him in.

    June 21, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. coyoteliberty

    This guy has a campaign twitter account? Oh man, that's rich...

    So, he's been supporting Gay marriage since 1998? Well, good for him. Libertarians have supported it since the founding of the Libertarian Party in 1971. Just sayin'.

    June 21, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. billNY

    The Weiner just wanted to make sure everyone got her point that she was a lezbo. He was afraid no one heard her so he had to loudly denounce it.

    June 21, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. c-lo

    HAHAHA...This whole story is abysmally hilarious. You have some old liberal hag tossing out a gay slur, to be “admonished” by a shamed pervert running for office, who then finds it necessary to apologize for something that needed no apology, and certainly not from him (taking his apologenetics from Mr. Obama?). Then to top it off, he portrays her as the VICTIM (it’s not your fault). And finally, asking for her endorsement by way of her signature.

    But of course, since these are all Libs in this story, bigotry and empty apologies are forgiven. God help this country!

    June 21, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Pander Bear

    Seriously NYC. These are the best candidates you can produce for Mayor?

    June 21, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Marc

    Crazy that a bigoted hetero lady like the weiner.

    June 21, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Hughz Package

    I got something in my front pocket.....

    June 21, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. profbam

    The woman dropped a slur, Weiner corrected her, she apologized and he accepted her apology. Pretty simple and straightforward, but some posts in here want to make a deal out of his not slamming the woman and yadda yadda. I think he handled the situation well and am not sure of why he felt the need to say more later. That he handled the situation well alone does not mean he should be mayor. I don't know enough of the politics of his opponents to say.

    June 21, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. ej

    It's not her fault, because those slurs are deeply embedded in our culture. I support gay rights, but I've also found myself using those slurs in a regular basis. Other people who I know support gay marriage use gay slurs too.

    People need to understand that those words need to be slowly faded from our vocabulary, and the people who use them are not necessarily racist.

    June 21, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Insane Dude

    Does it ever end with this guy? How many more times is he going to screw up before NY gets it that this guy is bad news?

    June 21, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. James from Jacksonville

    Eh, this seems pretty petty for a story. Clearly, he didn't approve of what the woman said, but also didn't want to fully berate a elderly woman in public. THAT would have looked much worse than what he said. Should he have said "It's OK, it's not your fault"? No, probably not. But he got his point across with his previous statement that he did not approve of the use of that gay slur.

    Food for thought.

    June 21, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. chuck

    The world has gone insane. The guy admonishes the lady and in the middle of a thousand other people does not say EXACTLY what every other PC policeman wants him to say.

    Give the guy a break and get off your high horse people.

    June 21, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Edd0

    She obviously didn't mean it since there's no way a female can be anti-gay since gay males can't affect them.

    June 21, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    He will make a great mayor.

    June 21, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Face-Palm

    Wow, he was once a smart and funny guy, but Wow Anthony! Are you trying to become a living art piece that embraces the irony of the ignorant small brained, big undercarriage caricature that some see you as? Are you auditioning for a new realty show against farm animals? Because the farm animals will win on stupidity and girth if you’re still unaware.

    June 21, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. CA Liberal

    I have always liked Mr. Weiner since he shouted down some representatives on the house floor when they wouldn't vote for health care for the 9/11 first responders.

    June 21, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Rich

    this is news?

    June 21, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. OscarMeyer

    Did he show her his weiner too? Haven't we all seen enough of him already?

    June 21, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Bryan

    Why does HE have to apologize? So, now you're responsible for what others say to you? Wow, this country is something.

    June 21, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. wrm

    No one cares what you've said, anymore.

    June 21, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Notanthony

    For a supposedly smart person Weiner makes an awful lo of mistakes, doesn't he? Hear this Tony ... You can only apologize for your own blunders and those of your employees or associates, not those of another individual who has no official connection to your political campaign. Besides, if she has any remorse let her speak for herself.

    June 21, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Notanthony

    EJ you earlier said:

    "People need to understand that those words need to be slowly faded from our vocabulary, and the people who use them are not necessarily racist."

    How does an alleged gay slur become racist?

    June 21, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. Jean-Sartre

    I think Mr. Weiner would make a great Mayor; his apology for the slur of a misguided and ill-informed supporter is simply unnecessary... that's on her and our great "tolerant" culture...

    June 21, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Sivick

    What are you doing Anthony? This is new york, not south carolina. It has more class. (i hope it does anyway)

    June 21, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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