Anthony Weiner says he is staying in the 2013 race for Mayor of New York City despite falling poll numbers and mounting pressure for him to exit.
He had actually been near the top of the Democratic field before The Dirty released Anthony Weiner nude photos and explicit texts earlier this week.
The fact that the sexting with Sydney Leathers occurred a year after he quit Congress in disgrace over online affairs leaves his comeback bid in peril.
But in the face of rivals' calls to drop out and concern among Democratic leaders that more embarrassing revelations could emerge, he's staying in.
Weiner is adamant that he won’t leave the race over the sexting scandal, soldiering on during a candidates forum Thursday night in Queens.
Still, it's hard to see his campaign rebounding from this one.
Scandals blow over and voters are more inclined to give politicians second chances than you often think ... but this was his, and he's just ridiculous.
Full-on crotch shots Weiner sent Leathers, 23, were reciprocated by shots of the Indiana resident in a thong-like panty, and another of her in heels.
He has a foot fetish, apparently.
Weiner, who welcomed his first child with wife Huma Abedin in December 2011, acknowledged that he is still “working with people” to get help
He insists he does not have an addiction, however.
“I don’t believe that it is. I want to have some modicum of privacy between me and the people who are offering me this help, but the answer is no,” he said.
Campaigning at a soup kitchen in Brooklyn, Weiner was asked again about his Internet relationships, putting the total number at “six to 10, I suppose.”
Asked how many occurred after he left Congress amid his first sexting scandal in June 2011, Weiner said, “I don’t believe I had any more than three.”
There weren’t “dozens and dozens,” the 48-year-old added.
New York City voters' fears? Totally assuaged right now.