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05/23/2013

Anthony Weiner admits there may be more photos out there

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New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner speaks with reporters at campaign event in New York on Thursday. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

So, Anthony Weiner, the former and disgraced U.S. Congressman, is running for mayor of New York City.

You remember him, he was the rising Democratic star who literally got caught with his pants down in a variety of lewd tweets with various women. He is also married to the well-respected Huma Abedin, a former top aide to Hillary Clinton.

The Weiner scandal broke open in May 2011, when a photo of a man's torso with boxers on, was tweeted to 45,000 of Weiner's Twitter followers instead of to a 21-year-old college student in Seattle, reported the New York Times Magazine in a far reaching interview with the couple in April. Yes, they are still together.

After much soul-searching, apologizing to Abedin, concentrating on his family and some serious polling data, Weiner relaunched his political career recently in his bid to become mayor of New York.

In a radio interview Thursday with WNYC-FM, Weiner told the host he knows he has "made very big mistakes and I compounded it immeasurably by being dishonest about it."

Weiner told the station that several times a day he gets questions from the public, asking him: "What were you thinking?"

He admits, "I don't know if I was." He chalks up the lewd tweets to various women as a "blindspot" and a "thoughtlessness."

"It is what it is," he told the station. "I did these inappropriate things over an extended period of time with more than one person."

He also left the door open to the possibility that more pictures may surface. But Weiner said he isn't going to dwell on it. Instead, he is going to concentrate on his political campaign.

The question now is, will New Yorkers forgive and forget?

Tanya Talaga is the Star's global economics reporter. Follow her on Twitter @tanyatalaga

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Mr. Weiner's work on behalf of constituents and his platform are what counts in his mayoral campaign. His private indiscretions hurt his wife and she should be the sole arbiter of them.

If he wins he should also get an award for acting like the pics are no big deal, I can see the headline now; Oscar: Mayor Weiner.

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