BROOKLYN (PIX11) — On a day a poll showed he’d lost his lead in the mayoral race, Anthony Weiner told reporters Thursday he has exchanged sexually charged messages with as many as three women since resigning as U.S. senator in a sexting scandal in June 2011.
He said that while in office, he exchanged inappropriate messages with between six and 10 women, but that depends, he said, on how one defines inappropriate.
He said he never met any of the women. Weiner said he’s gotten help and continues to receive help, but he does not have a sexual addiction.
That said, it seems like voters are not in a forgiving mood. A new WSJ/NBC4/Marist poll released Thursday afternoon shows that Weiner’s lead in the mayoral race has vanished.
The poll showed that among registered Democrats, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn now had a commanding lead, at 26%; Weiner lost his leading spot, now coming in second, at 16%. In a poll just last month, Weiner was leading at 25 percent, with Quinn following at 20 percent.Weiner is now in a statistical dead heat with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, who both had 14 percent.
The poll also showed that Weiner’ unfavorability rating soared to 55 percent, an all-time high.
Trying to put the sexting scandal behind him, Weiner at the Brooklyn event Thursday discussed a proposal to create a cabinet-level position that would act as a liaison between the city and nonprofits, calling this person a nonprofit czar.
Weiner was at Masbia, a nonprofit organization which provides free meals at its location on Coney Island Avenue in Flatbush, but also delivers those meals.
Weiner spent a few minutes with the cook and volunteers preparing today’s meals for 560 people.