Weiner sorry after woman uses gay slur
June 20th, 2013
07:56 PM ET
1 year 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. Owl Creek Observer

    Watching all these lefties trying to play like they're oh-so-tolerant is a real giggle.

    June 21, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. joesixpack

    He is a smart politician. He got it into the new cycle that his opponent is a gay woman. Look, all of you people are commenting and its on CNN. Once the votes are counted, all of this will be forgotten and one of them will be Mayor. Well played by Anthony.

    June 21, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Rickapolis

    Ignorance and bigotry are still everywhere. Including New York.

    June 21, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Pertinax

    Quinn = loser. No way. Had enough listening to poofters. I want to know how many times Quinn used terms like hillbilly, white trash, trailer park, redneck.... I bet a lot..

    June 21, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. nop

    He lost the votes.

    June 21, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Data Driven

    This has been one of the fascinating threads in a month, re: comments. According to many of you, seniors can say whatever the heck they like. "It's not their fault," to paraphrase Wiener. Well, I'm looking forward to using epithets toward everyone in about 20 years.

    To liberals defending Wiener, it grieves me to cite John McCain, of all people, as an example of how to deal with yahoo supporters. Remember the elderly lady who called Obama a Muslim in the 08 town hall? No "it's not your fault" there.

    Whatever.

    June 21, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. B

    Wow. Now people only need a year to forget scandals? This guy flashed his penis across the internet then lied about it, violating both the trust of his wife and the public. He should be doing anything but running for public office.

    June 21, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Noo Yawk. Yah. Dem Noo Yawkas has lotsa class. What? You tawkin' to me? YOU TAWKIN' TO ME?

    June 21, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Amy

    Wait a minute. I thought we were proud to be a redneck and since when has a trailer park turned into slander. Besides the poofter would be a term best used upon those who send images of their private parts to people they've just met.

    June 21, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. AlGoreLies

    The founding fathers of this country have tossed over in their graves more often than flapjacks at IHOP on any given sunday morning. Jotos hijos de puta!

    there i said it.

    June 21, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. VEW2012

    Come on Anthony you don't need to apologize for someone else's bad behavior. Just point out where you and your opponent differ.

    June 21, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. billmosby

    Uh, okay, whose fault was it, then? lol.

    June 21, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. AlGoreLies

    "you mean I cannot say gaf any more??

    I was just asking for a cigarette..not the little boy."

    Clint Eastwood on the set of "Unforgiven"

    June 21, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. AlGoreLies

    "you mean I cannot say that word any more??

    I was just asking for a cigarette..not the little boy."

    Clint Eastwood on the set of "Unforgiven"

    June 21, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. steve

    Why is it the only people who work in govt. are people who could not get hired in the real world.

    Just live with the shame of what you did and go do something else. Your fame is up, just do away!!!

    June 21, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. mike johnson

    ... that can't be ... they are democrats ... and we all know they would never say anything like that ...

    June 21, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. Jazz11

    I am from Maine and we as a united people can hardly wait for this guy's term to expire so we can give him the boot. We are facing the largest property tax increase in the state's history so he can give the wealthiest 2% a tax cut. Believe it or not he does not own any property in Maine. He sold his home in Waterville and planned on moving to Florida but it looks like that is on hold as he wants to run again for governor or his latest dream of congress. He should ift right in with the Tea Party in DC>

    June 21, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. ArizonaHeat

    What an embarrassment. Go home Anthony – wherever that is

    June 21, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. D

    B said:
    Wow. Now people only need a year to forget scandals? This guy flashed his penis across the internet then lied about it, violating both the trust of his wife and the public. He should be doing anything but running for public office.


    And I'm suuuuure you said the exact same thing about Mark "Hiking the Appalachian Trail" Sanford, right?

    June 21, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Mance Lotter

    his new slogan: "Women for Weiner...even if you are gay"

    June 21, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Brad

    My personal preference is to not acknowledge people's hate. His choice was to acknowledge it and say that it was okay. well, to each his own!

    June 21, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. Overloaded Potato

    Will Anthony please apologize for all my discretions too? That'd be great. Thanks in advance.

    June 21, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. davetharave

    Get a job as a coach. Start at the pee wee level if you have to and work your way up. Maybe you won't have a fortune but you will at least have the dignity of working like the rest of the world.

    June 21, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. Texas

    HE could raise money with T-shirts and some catchy word play off wiener.

    June 21, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. John

    “I am, and I’m not voting for uh, what’s her name? The one who doesn't like weiner"...

    June 21, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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