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July 27, 2013

Column: Please, somebody take away Anthony Weiner's cellphone


In many rehabilitations, there are relapses, and Weiner’s came, — and it may not have been the first — just days after he gave a warm, redemptive interview on July 2, 2012, to People magazine in which he said he tried daily “to become a better person.”

That same month, he was sexting a 22-year-old woman. Apparently having learned nothing from his previous scandal or the truism that nothing on the Internet is truly private, he sent her descriptions of his sexual fantasies and photos of his genitals. The photos, which Weiner seems to send out like other people send thank-you notes, were posted on a website named, as if Weiner needed even more grief, “The Dirty.”

According to the Associated Press, “The woman said Weiner exchanged nude photos of himself with her, engaged in phone sex with her, promised to help her get a job at the political website Politico and suggested meeting in a Chicago condo for a tryst.”

But after six months — it took her that long to catch on? — the 22-year-old became disenchanted with the relationship. Her excuse, she told the New York Post, was that she was “young and dumb,” and while she had thought she was in love with him, she now wanted to expose Weiner “as a creep,” a task the former congressman seems to have accomplished on his own.

Until now, Weiner had been doing well in the mayoral primary set for Sept. 10. He was leading in the polls, and last week one less-dirty snapshot of the citizenry showed that 59 percent thought he deserved a second chance.

Weiner is exceptionally resilient in his shamelessness and New Yorkers are certainly entitled to choose the person they want to lead them. But if his conduct hasn’t disqualified him, his choice of sexting alias, “Carlos Danger,” should.

Dale McFeatters writes for the Scripps Howard News Service.

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