July 26th, 2013
05:58 PM ET
5 years ago

NY voter confronts Weiner for double standard

(CNN) – At least one Staten Island resident doesn't agree with Anthony Weiner's assertion his mayoral bid is representative of the middle class in spite of the new sexting revelations.

Weiner was confronted by the voter right after telling reporters he would likely soon stop answering questions about his previous online relationships.

Identifying herself as a Democrat and retired New York City Department of Education employee, Peg Brunda told Weiner she spent 21 years as a teacher and then nine as an assistant principal. As a city employee, "had I conducted myself in the manner in which you conducted yours, my job would have been gone," Brunda said.

Brunda continued, "I don't quite understand how you would feel you have the moral authority as the head administrator in the city to oversee employees when your standard of conduct is so much lower than the standard of conduct that's expected of us."

For his part, Weiner asked Brunda whether she would be voting for him, to which she answered with a definitive no.

Weiner did not respond directly to Brunda's assertions. "I want to let your neighbors make the decision for themselves based on all of the information that they have," he told her.

Brunda in turn told Weiner that while he is trying to get the middle class vote, the middle class "cannot conduct themselves in this manner," she said.

Polls that had put Weiner close to or even leading Democratic front-runner Christine Quinn, the City Council speaker, have not been kind since it was revealed this week that he continued sending lewd messages and photos to women he met online even after his 2011 resignation from Congress.

The latest NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey shows Weiner down 9% points from the 25%-20% lead he had over Quinn in late June. Quinn now leads Weiner 25%-16%.

To Brunda, Weiner defended his refusal to bow out of the mayor's race, saying that politicians frequently encounter individuals who don't like them or something in their background. "That's the way the process works. But that does not mean I stop running because I run into a person who respectfully asked me a question and they disagree with me," he said.

"I don't stop running. I keep plowing ahead. Because the things I care about, I care about these communities."

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soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Diane Camilo

    Good for her !!!!! This woman stood up for what she believes in

    July 26, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. Jubal

    Good for her. More of these motherless creeps need to be confronted about their desire to be thought of as royalty.

    July 26, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  3. Doug

    Time to throw in the towel... you just lost the teacher vote.. give it up !

    July 26, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. Joel

    and still didn't answer the question...

    July 26, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. Lynsu

    This guy is nuts!

    July 26, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. bvicente

    Wow! Confronted with some common sense, Weiner just writes off his lies as an issue of "disagreement".

    Will New Yorkers really vote for this guy?

    July 26, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  7. etwan

    Why any democrat would want him associated with the party baffles me, a life-long democrat. One must question his judgment, his ability to tell the truth, and fundamentally, his state of mental health. Has anyone made the comparison between his lack of insight, his arrogance and his manipulative nature and that of a psychopath? Might be interesting.

    July 26, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  8. Chris Duff

    what a waste of time and taxpayer money. Get rid of wiener

    July 26, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  9. Usher73

    Is it too late for Peg Brunda to run for mayor?

    July 26, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  10. Cortanis

    .... so he's oblivious to the point. That's grand. This is the kind of person our political system produces to "represent" us both in the local sense and the national sense.

    July 27, 2013 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  11. Kitty Conrad

    Peg Brunda is absolutely correct.

    July 27, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  12. Jill

    Good for her!

    July 27, 2013 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  13. joedog

    What a slime ball. He would not answer the teacher's question. He is a serial liar and his wife is double dipping on the taxpayer's back. This is the beginning of the Democrat War on Women.

    July 27, 2013 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  14. bruce

    Some basic morals are needed to run as a leader. The teacher is right, how can Weiner lead people when he's performed acts that would have caused those he leads to be fired. The guy is a Narcissist. Can't the great city of New York, a city with millions of people, come up with someone else? Why is this guy still in play?

    July 27, 2013 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  15. John Mate

    Peg you are a breath of fresh air.

    July 27, 2013 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  16. Dar

    "I want to let your neighbors make the decision for themselves based on all of the information that they have," he told her.

    In other words " I hope some dumb people will still vote for me"

    July 27, 2013 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  17. reddog9500

    The man is without morals or conscience. I hope that the voters send him a clear message that his conduct is reprehensible and that he is unsuitable to hold any publicly elected office.

    July 27, 2013 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  18. RogerD

    Weiner's poll numbers are dropping like a lead balloon. People with values are finally standing up with principle and conviction and demanding morals be part of our elected official's character. Mr. Weiner and those who support of excuse his behavior; you are the minority and will be singled out publically for being on the wrong side of morality.

    Reasonable educated people need to stop making excuses for these low-lives. We are better than this and have too many other smart people to waste our time and energy on these Jerks. Lastly, this tabloid journalism should also be denounced and new news sources sort out if the media outlets continue to drive this narrative.

    July 27, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  19. Lee Downie

    Hey, Folks! This is simple: don't vote for Weiner.

    July 27, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  20. thegeorge

    This woman makes a strong valid point. With this on your job application background check what employer would hire you?

    July 27, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  21. tom walsh

    You would be Fired over this at your work and prosecuted for Civil Rights Crime and he should be

    July 27, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  22. ed

    the guy has serious issues. After a second time ,which came after he already was humiliated in the national news, how can he be trusted and followed?

    July 27, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  23. Chas

    Precisely, a person working in the public sector would be toast, but politicians/celebs (the cream of the crop)... don't have to meet the same ethical standards - so naturally that's why the opinion of congress and a lot of local government is at a all time low!

    July 27, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  24. Victoria

    Good for Peg Brunda!! Also, Weiner said he would HIRE school administrators who sent nude photos of themselves to strangers.

    July 27, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  25. terrie

    With a wife with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood Weiner is just a pawn for a bigger agenda. Our wonderful white house let's it happen. All about power isn't it weiner?

    July 27, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
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