Morning Read: ‘Distrust and Maybe Even Disgust’

"This Anthony Weiner-inspired ad is kind of brilliant." (Photo: Twitter/@PatKiernan)

“This Anthony Weiner-inspired ad is kind of brilliant.” (Photo: Twitter/@PatKiernan)

Headline of the Day: “How Typical is Anthony Weiner’s Behavior?”

We’re still living in a news cycle dominated by former Congressman Anthony Weiner, in case you were curious. “There’s no new facts here is the point. This conversation has now moved on; people want to move it back and I’ve been trying to–the best I can–engaging in it again,” Mr. Weiner tried to explain to the Staten Island Advance over the weekend. “But nothing has changed.”

Mr. Weiner reportedly didn’t tell his campaign staff about his post-resignation sexting either. “[Danny] left because he was unaware that Anthony had continued to do this past his resignation, and it caught him by surprise,” a source said of campaign manager Danny Kedem leaving. “The timeline didn’t match up to what he was told it was going to be.”

Asked about it at a Brooklyn church yesterday, Mr. Weiner steadfastly stuck to his talking points. “Frankly, this staff is a remarkable collection. We have … some of the best professionals around,” he said. “They’re a remarkable bunch. I think this is–and I’ve worked on some campaigns over my life–it’s the most remarkable group of people I’ve ever been around.”

While Council Speaker Christine Quinn went on Meet the Press yesterday to slam Mr. Weiner herself. “What’s going on here is beyond unfortunate,” she said. “When you see scandal after scandal like this, what it does is create even more distrust and maybe even disgust in government … He didn’t even have the qualifications when he was in Congress.”

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio‘s wife, Chirlane McCray, on Mr. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin: “Hypothetically, if McCray were put in a situation similar to Weiner’s latest episode, how would she handle it? ‘It is important not to enable bad behavior, whatever shape or form it takes,’ she said. ‘I think that’s part of being a healthy couple. What more can I say?’”

The New York TimesMaureen Dowd has her own, curious theory on Ms. Abedin’s actions: “When you puzzle over why the elegant Huma Abedin is propping up the eel-like Anthony Weiner, you must remember one thing: Huma was raised in Saudi Arabia, where women are treated worse by men than anywhere else on the planet.”

And this is a rather lengthy statement from GOP mayoral hopeful George McDonald‘s wife, Harriet, on Ms. Abedin yesterday:

“For the past 25 years George and I have been partners, as husband and wife and everyday in building the Doe Fund. I know what it is to stand by and stand with your husband as an equal. With that in mind, I wholly support George’s efforts to become Mayor because I know in my heart that he has the capacity and the compassion to be the best mayor our city has ever known.

Regardless of the troubling circumstances, Huma’s decision to stay with Anthony as a family is a personal one, for which no one can pass judgment and which we all should respect. However, her decision to promote his mayoral ambitions, in the face of his persistent and compulsive objectification of women, is something entirely different. Whether it’s government or business, the harassment and subjugation of women by men in power is a sad and tired story. Anthony’s repeated behavior that regards women as little more than objects for his gratification is an abhorrent example to our daughters, our sisters and mothers.

Equally as troubling is that Anthony’s actions set a terrible example for a generation of young men growing up learning to cope responsibly with the freedom and power of social media. The implicit message that our sons hear is that it’s okay to use social media to invade, pervert and prey upon the sensibilities of young women — if you are caught just say you are sorry, again.

At the Doe Fund, we preach that accepting personal responsibility is the first step to regaining control of your life. I hope that Huma accepts her personal responsibility and for the good of our sons and daughters, for the good of our public discourse and for the good of our city asks her husband to stand down.”