NEW YORK (PIX11) – Embattled, New York City mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner, received more bad news Monday. A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows he’s dropped from 1st to 4th place…in the Democratic field that’s hoping to win the race to run City Hall.
Weiner’s campaign was also bracing for the New York arrival of Sydney Leathers, the 23-year old Indiana woman who blew the lid off Weiner’s continued sexting activity, after he resigned from Congress in 2011. She was expected to fly into the city for an appearance on the Howard Stern show.
The latest Quinnipiac poll showed City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn, moving into first place among likely voters, with 27 percent of the vote in the upcoming Democratic primary.
Public Advocate, Bill deBlasio, had 21 percent of the vote, while former New York City comptroller, Bill Thompson, had 20 percent. Weiner, a former U.S. Congressman, dropped to 4th place. Before his latest sexting scandal broke last week, Weiner was in first place, with a four point lead over Quinn.
The married Weiner has been under intense pressure to quit the race, ever since he admitted last week that his “sexting” of messages and photos with young women continued for at least a year after he resigned Congress in 2011. When he launched his mayoral campaign this spring, Weiner indicated that more women might come forward—but never revealed that his sexting behavior had continued after he resigned from office.
Weiner was besieged by reporters outside a Chinese American Senior Citizen center in Flushing, Queens, where he was making an appearance Monday. He refused to answer repeated questions about
former President Bill Clinton, and his wife, Hillary—the one-time Secretary of State. There were reports the Clintons are leaning on political associates to push Weiner out of the race, because they’re upset about continued comparisons between Weiner’s “sexting” problem and Bill Clinton’s old sex scandals. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, worked for years as a close aide to Hillary Clinton.
When PIX 11 asked Weiner if the Clintons want him out, he didn’t answer, replying, “I have said continually that I’m going to leave this decision to the people of the City of New York. It’s their decision; it’s not yours, it’s not mine, it’s not some Sunday, talk show pundit.”
Weiner’s reference to Sunday talk shows came after a weekend when President Obama’s top political strategist, David Axelrod, called on Weiner to step aside, noting “Americans believe in second chances. Not third chances.” Axelrod said of Weiner remaining in the race, “At this point, it’s absurd. He is not going to be the next mayor.”
Yet Weiner received a polite reception at the Nan Shan Senior Center in Flushing, where he was applauded as he greeted the crowd with some Chinese phrases.
Ethel Chen, president of the American Chinese Women’s Association of New York—an organizer of Monday’s event—told PIX 11 she thought Weiner was charming. “That’s why a lot of people like him,” Chen said, “A lot of women like him better than the other males.”
Chen said she didn’t hold the “sexting” against Weiner. “”He didn’t touch anybody,” she said, “He didn’t meet that person! I think that’s between him and his wife. You know how many husbands and wives cheat on each other?”