Weiner sorry after woman uses gay slur
June 20th, 2013
07:56 PM ET
8 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.

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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Wayne in Houston

    While I don't live in New York, I certainly have always enjoyed my trips there. I had in-laws in Wayne NJ so had an opportunity to see and enjoy the area. Now, this guy Anthony Weiner is someone I cannot get too interested in and have no real issue with since I cannot vote for him – after all, we have our own crazy people from time to time in city offices, but it seems to me that his "exposure" episode was of such poor taste that the people should have second thoughts about his being mayor of probably the most complex city in the world. Moreover, I believe his defense of his rival against a gay slur was a self-serving gesture. It seems to me that he wanted to reinforce the fact to the electorate that she was gay. Don't know, but again, he's one weird guy.

    June 21, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Techno Viking

    He shouldn't have to apologize for someone elses comment. He should have to apologize for what he did to get kicked out of office last time

    June 21, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Fubarack

    I knew Weiner would pop back up.

    June 21, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. bob aussie

    What a set up! Planned to get extra publicity, and we all fall for it. Fake comment, fake response, and fake politician. Bloomburg made NYC less attractive to visit, and if Weiner were mayor there.... Heaven help them. The good old days of Koch (no relation to Weiner and not pronounced in German) have been missed by us non-New Yorkers.

    June 21, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. bill

    If they vote for him, they deserve him.

    June 21, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. sunny

    Whats up with this can't give your opinion anymore when it comes down to gay people? Are we about to be beheaded because we can't give our opinion anymore? The reality is they have an improper way of living. Can't we just say it out loud without the fear of being castrated or beheaded? Gosh this world is based on gay philosophy nowadays. Everything gay is suppose to be the right thing these days and everything else is banned. Are we going to bow down on our knees when we will see a gay person in front of us? This world has completely turned upside down, what was wrong turned out to be right now, and what was disgusting is now tasteful.

    June 21, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Michael

    Wow, that was short lived. Anthony just totally killed any chance he might have had.

    June 21, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Juanito

    She said what she said, and he still asked for her signature before 'admonishing' her.

    "Yeah, yeah, I heard ya, just sign here. And you shouldn't say things like that. But all's good, it's not your fault."

    Regardless of party, all politicians are the same, and this flasher exemplifies it. Simon and Garfunkel sang it best:

    "Laugh about it, shout about it, when its time to choose, either way you look at this, you lose".

    June 21, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Buy Better Tech

    "...“no memory of saying anything beyond that..." The first lie of his campaign. Oops...not the first, you say?

    June 21, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Peter Clarke

    There is money behind this guy so look out NY. Poor judgement is something I always look for when I vote.

    June 21, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. bvicente

    Who on earth could trust a word this guy said? How many times can he lie to New Yorkers and the country, and people in NY still vote for him?

    Are we going to see another Marion Barry here? New Yorkers, please confirm that you have brains, and don't vote for this sleezeball!

    June 21, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. McBob79

    How in the world is this guy still around? Just goes to show you the character of the people who still support him.

    June 21, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. lsn2me

    weiner needs to step down in his political pursuits. he can do a lot for the benefit of this country from the sidelines. we need quarterbacks to lead this world out of the turmoil that short-sighted patriarchies have created. we need wise and thoughtful men and women to take charge. this man is, simply, too adolescent in his overall view. let's move on. we need grown-ups to take charge.

    June 21, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. Adam

    Stop apologizing Anthony for things you don't have to apologize for because some women uses a gay slur. Your mistakes of the past have cost you and you have suffered and paid your dues. You came out a better person and you are a better person. And you are the best candidate in the running for the Mayor because of your abilities and nothing else matters. Quinn is running on the gay vote but the gay community is not going to vote for her just because she is gay. I give the gay community a lot more credit for intelligence and honor that Quinn is otherwise does. Good luck

    June 21, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. EdL

    There are so many words we cannot use these days. We cleverly get around this by using a letter word instead of the word itself. There is a problem, however. By using a letter word to describe a word is the same as using the word itself. But I may be the only one who thinks this is so. There is room for more letter words, they crop up all the time, maybe to come soon, he is a B word instead of saying he is bald, saying she is an S word instead of saying she is skinny. There is no limit to how many letter words we will be using in the future.

    June 21, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. scranton

    What is it with these Democrats anyway?

    June 21, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. MesaMax

    You-know-what is wrong on so many levels. Most Americans know this. We have seen a diminishing of our societal standards in all areas as you-know-whos tried to gain acceptance for their behaviours by lowering standards for everyone else. It will not work. Biased polls notwithstanding. The pendulum will swing back the other way and you-know-what will, once again, go back behind closed doors where it belongs.

    June 21, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  18. davecu

    This mutt is just plain offensive.

    Better off getting a REAL job.

    June 21, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. john

    STAGED !! He likely set up the exchange. This guy is a clown.

    June 21, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  20. Maddog2020

    He should pull out of the race now.

    June 21, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  21. tomhaas

    This thing will deflate Weiner.

    June 21, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  22. swright007

    Whatever happened to "By the people and for the people"??? Why is the woman's view about her being ill at ease about a lesbian not being respected? So if you don't like what Mr. Weiner likes then Mr. Weiner will jump you in public.... hmm, Aren't there whole churches full of registered voters that have that old woman's view? He seems to be going out of his way to upset large numbers of voters. Why couldn't he have just been graceful about it and allowed the woman a little dignity for not being able to remember the woman's name ? At least she remembered SOMETHING about his female opponent.

    June 22, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
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