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Oh No, Not Him Again: Anthony Weiner Testing the Water?

This is not the first time Weiner has reared his head since his awkward exit from office less than 18 months ago.

Anthony Weiner 2.0

Anthony Weiner 2.0
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In one of politics most recent ignominious flights from respectability, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned his office in June, 2011, after it was exposed that he had a habit of “sexting” young women he met online with pictures of his barely clad private parts.

But if  you have consigned Weiner to the bin of history or source of tasteless jokes, you may have underestimated him.

Weiner, 47, who used to represent part of the Rockaways section of New York City which was slammed by Hurricane Sandy a few weeks ago, wrote an op-ed along with Congressman Meeks, who still represents the area.  The op-ed, published in the New York Daily News yesterday, Nov 28, was essentially a call for more funding, better transportation and improved protection from natural disasters – some might also describe it as a stump speech – for a community that was devastated by the storm.

This is not the first time Weiner has reared his head since his awkward exit from office less than 18 months ago.  In fact, Weiner reactivated his infamous twitter account during Hurricane Sandy, when he issued a call for help for the besieged community.

Other than these few forays, Weiner has largely been mentioned in the news only as the other half of a power couple – his wife, Huma Mahmood Abedin, works as Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Abedin, an American of Pakistani descent, was the target of criticism by a small group of conservative members of Congress who were alarmed by her alleged connection to Islamist extremists, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

Cong. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and four other Republicans, including Cong. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Cong. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) sent a letter to the U.S. State Department Deputy Inspector General this past summer.  In the letter, the congressmembers asked that there be an investigation into whether there has been an Islamist infiltration of the U.S. government, based upon research presented in various publications.  Abedin was specifically mentioned in that letter because her mother, her late father and her brother all were allegedly members of, or had connections to, Muslim Brotherhood organizations.

Those allegations ended up doing more harm to Bachmann and her colleagues than to Abedin, as not only Hillary and Bill Clinton defended her, but prominent Republicans such as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Speaker of the House, Cong. John Boehner (R-OHIO), blasted Bachmann for conducting what they essentially called a witch hunt.

Anthony Weiner is Jewish and was widely considered one of Israel’s most ardent defenders in Congress.  Weiner and Abedin had a son, Jordan, over the summer.  The reception for Jordan’s bris was held in the multi-million dollar Park Avenue apartment the couple moved into after Weiner resigned from office.  The apartment is owned by Jack Rosen, head of the American Jewish Congress and a huge financial supporter of the Clintons.

If Weiner is considering another political run, he already has a potential campaign war chest of $ 3.9 million.

There has been talk that Weiner might be eying the New York City mayoral seat.  If so, a poll conducted this summer by NY1-Marist poll shows New Yorkers are not enthusiastic, with 58% responding that they did not want Weiner to run, and just 25% in favor.

That same poll asked New Yorkers for their take on several other potential NYC mayoral candidates, including another disgraced Jewish New York Democratic politician, Eliot Spitzer.  Spitzer fared only slightly better than Weiner, with 57% opposing his run and 30% in favor.  Spitzer, New York State’s former governor, was forced to resign his office in March, 2008, after his repeated liaisons with prostitutes was exposed.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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8 Responses to “Oh No, Not Him Again: Anthony Weiner Testing the Water?”

  1. Stuart Kaufman says:

    Yeeeuuuuuccccchhh!

  2. Weiner cannot overcome the stupidity, the solipsistic behavior he e-mailed to women. Only an individual who cares nothing for his family and others… continues to push their own agenda. And – only in New York would this be happening!

  3. Liad Bar-el says:

    Thank you Lori for a very informative article.

    The most mystical part of the Zohar is based on Chapter 9 of the parasha VaYishlach (Genesis 36: 31-43). The great Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai derived 300 mystical teachings from this section and did not reveal them to anyone other than his son Rabbi Elazar. According to Ma’Am Lo’Ez, Vol 3a page 210-212, there is one apparent lesson from this section which states that incest was very common among Esau’s family thus making all of his descendants to be bastards. As a general rule, the children of a bastard are also bastards; so, Weiner’s wife, Abedin, who is from the family of Esau, had a son who is not Jewish and is considered a “mamzer”.

  4. Liad Bar-el says:

    Thank you Lori for a very informative article.

    The most mystical part of the Zohar is based on Chapter 9 of the parasha VaYishlach (Genesis 36: 31-43). The great Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai derived 300 mystical teachings from this section and did not reveal them to anyone other than his son Rabbi Elazar. According to Ma’Am Lo’Ez, Vol 3a page 210-212, there is one apparent lesson from this section which states that incest was very common among Esau’s family thus making all of his descendants to be bastards. As a general rule, the children of a bastard are also bastards.

  5. Rc Fowler says:

    Weiner is a sociopath, and he is a Jewish Muslim–as his wife is a devote Islamist and they are forbidden to marry outside of their faith!

  6. Dave Lobell says:

    Hey Mr.Ding Dong while my Father of Blessed memory was being harassed by Medicare who according to them he was receiving too much money. he recieved $953.00/Month and Medicaid wanted $253.00 of that amount. I wrote to you several times for you to step in and help but you were far to busy photographing and texting your genuis to the young sluts you met online. And now you want people to vote you back into office? You have some set buster-what Chutzpa! You should my good man rot in hell where you belong!

  7. Grace Acosta says:

    "Reared his head"? *groan* Oh Lori, BAD PUN! Freud would be proud.

  8. Grace Acosta says:

    "Reared his head"? *groan* Oh Lori, BAD PUN! Freud would be proud.

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