In a new interview with GQ Magazine, Anthony Weiner says he would’ve probably been elected Mayor of New York City if it weren’t for one thing: The Internet.
The self-proclaimed reformed sexter told the the magazine that if the internet didn’t exist, he wouldn’t have lost. “Like, if I was running in 1955? I’d probably get elected mayor,” Weiner told GQ.
Weiner resigned from his post in Congress in 2011 when racy photos and messages he exchanged with various women on the internet surfaced. However, the Queens democrat threw his hat into the New York City mayoral race this year and was actually a front runner. That lead was derailed when former sexting buddy Sydney Leathers released messages and photos Weiner exchanged with her after he resigned from Congress.
“A lot of times, when people said to me, ‘You’re being pilloried,’ you could hear between the lines. You could hear: ‘I do this, too,’ or ‘I have this problem, too.’ But what difference does it make?” Weiner said in the interview.
Asked if he would do things differently given the opportunity, Weiner said, “If you tell me I’m gonna get 5 percent, you tell me how I’d answer that question. The process I went through to decide to run was the right one; the way I talked about sexting was…not right.”