Anthony Weiner Wonders Whether Voter Is Flirting With Him

Anthony Weiner speaking at a forum in Canarsie.

Anthony Weiner speaking at a forum in Canarsie.

At a forum in Brooklyn earlier this evening, Anthony Weiner raised eyebrows when he suggested that a woman in the audience was flirting with him.

Mr. Weiner, who was forced to resign two years ago after sending lewd pictures and comments to at least six women online, was between questions at a Friends of the United Block Association of Brooklyn meeting in an upstairs room of the Temple Shaare Emeth, when he looked out across the audience to see if anyone had anything else to ask. He zeroed in on an elderly woman.

“Were you raising your hand or flirting with me?” Mr. Weiner asked the woman, who had her hand tentatively raised.

The off-the-cuff comment drew laughter–if slightly uncomfortable–from the largely positive crowd.

Otherwise–unlike last night–the scandal never came up at the forum, which focused on education issues, public safety and the city’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

After the forum, Politicker asked Mr. Weiner, who had been happily answering questions, whether he really thought the woman was flirting with him.

“It was like a joke,” he said sternly.