Daily News: 'No. No. No. Weiner Must Go'
On Wednesday, the New York Daily News editorial board called for embattled Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner to drop out of the race for mayor of New York City, even though his name is already "locked onto" the Sep. 10 primary ballot.
Weiner admitted Tuesday that he had continued sending lewd messages and images to women he met on the Internet, even after resigning from Congress in disgrace in June 2011.
"He is not fit to lead America's premier city," the Daily News editorial said. "Lacking the dignity and discipline that New York deserves in a mayor, Weiner must recognize that his demons have no place in City Hall."
The editorial listed several lies that Weiner had told the public over the course of the scandal: that he had stopped sexting, that he had achieved "maturity and self-control," and that he had been "the best dad and husband he can be." The last lie, the Daily News noted, had come in 2012 from Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, who remained resolutely at his side at his press conference Tuesday, voicing her continued support.
The Daily News accused Weiner of exploiting Abedin, and of "shamelessly holding the mother of his child out as the ultimate endorsement of his trustworthiness." It added that the two might have formed "a partnership of ambition."
It concluded: "He cannot be mayor."