King: ‘Pathological problem’ should bar Weiner from becoming mayor
July 28th, 2013
10:07 AM ET
10 years ago

King: ‘Pathological problem’ should bar Weiner from becoming mayor

(CNN) - Anthony Weiner’s proclivity for sending sexually charged online messages is a “pathological problem” that should prevent him from assuming the role of New York City mayor, Rep. Peter King said Sunday.

A Republican representing parts of Long Island, New York, King said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Weiner was “not psychologically qualified to be mayor of the city of New York.”

King’s comments came days after Weiner admitted to sending lewd chats and photographs to women online last year. He resigned from Congress two years ago for similar actions.

Despite calls from some of his rivals to step out of the race, Weiner has not withdrawn. His campaign has seen a hit, however – the NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Thursday showed him dropping to second among the Democratic candidates for mayor, and his favorable rating took a nose dive.

Previously, Weiner was leading in some polls, which King attributed Sunday to a “perverse celebrity factor” in the race.

“I just can't see any way, even if this latest scandal would not have come out, that Anthony Weiner could have won,” King told chief political correspondent Candy Crowley.

Listing past New York mayors such as Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani and the current one, Michael Bloomberg, King said it was impossible to imagine Weiner joining their ranks.

“I think he should do himself and everybody a favor and step to the sidelines,” he said.

Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York • Peter King
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    Anthony, give it up. Just because repubs put Sanford back in office does not mean you will get votes from democrats

    July 28, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. actionjacks7

    Weiner broke no Law.

    July 28, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Malloy

    I agree with King. Unfortunately, King is also to crazy to an elected official. What do you call it when one nut job calls out another nut job? Should Weiner just tweet a pic of his nuts to this nut? Nah, King would like that too much.

    July 28, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. fixento

    Why would pathological problems be an issue with politicians, especially in New York? If you recalled every politician with a pathological disorder, congress would be vacant and especially the White House.

    July 28, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. rs

    While I'd agree that Mr. Weiner (or should we call him Carlos Danger?) is probably not in the best position to be a successful politician seeking the mayor's job in one of America's best cities, Mr. King is in no position to offer critiques as a many with financial ties to a terrorist organization. Mr. Weiner may be doing a wonderful Woody Allen imitation, but at least he has broken no laws. King ought to face the full force of the USA PATRIOT Act.

    July 28, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. ThinkAgain

    I'm no fan of Weiner, but if you're suggesting "pathological problems" should exclude candidates from public office, King fits the definition to a "T".

    July 28, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Did someone rattle this guys cage this morning, or too many cups of coffee?

    July 28, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. gita

    It is high time Weiner should back out; it is one thing to apologize to your wife; that is a selfish act of patching up your marriage; I did not see any apology and respect to all those women he insulted

    July 28, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Thomas

    I agree !

    The Rent is Too Dam High !

    July 28, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Ron L

    Just because Mr. Weiner has not "broken a law" does not mean it is OK. This pattern of sending pictures of your genitals to 'several" women while being 'married: and after telling the country you have stopped!!! Shows a lack of self-discipline that is while not criminal is below any "standard" we should have for a mayor or any public servant for that matter.

    July 28, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Pander Bear

    If pathological problems ruled people out for elected office, Peter King would never have been elected in the first place. He's a seriously paranoid racist nutjob.

    July 28, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Being a pathological idiot hasn't kept King from elected office.

    July 28, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    One of the pots calling the kettle black. That's priceless coming from king.

    July 28, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Steveo

    A pathological test for office would probably = a 66-75% political vacancy rate (at the local, state and federal levels) to include appointees! I'm still probably too low!

    July 28, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |