Video: Weiner accuser coming forward today?

posted at 10:01 am on July 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

ABC’s Jonathan Karl dropped that tidbit during this Good Morning America update on the Adventures of Carlos Danger. After declaring that some of the revelations this week were untrue but refusing to specify the falsehoods, Weiner practically dared his former correspondent to come forward, and that may be all it takes:

Karl appears to have picked up on this interview with both the source and Nic Richie, who broke the story at The Dirty on Tuesday.  Richie told Politico that the young woman will speak publicly about the story very soon, perhaps as soon as today:

The young woman who is alleging that Anthony Weiner initiated a months-long, sexually explicit online relationship with her says the New York City mayoral candidate repeatedly sent her lewd messages and made lofty promises that were ultimately broken.

Nik Richie — owner of the gossip website that published graphic accounts of Weiner’s alleged online interactions with a young woman — connected a POLITICO reporter Tuesday with a person who Richie said is the woman in question. She would not identify herself, and POLITICO has not independently confirmed her identity.

Richie said in an email Wednesday that the woman is “planning on coming out to [the] public soon, my guess is tomorrow.”

She’s not too impressed with Weiner now:

“He once described himself to me as an argumentative, perpetually horny middle-aged man, and that’s completely correct,” she said.

Her mother isn’t terribly impressed, either:

Sydney Leathers, the woman identified as Anthony Weiner’s new online mistress, is a heavily tattooed, high school dropout hell-bent on becoming famous — and her mother is no fan of the mayoral candidate.

“I have nothing to say except God help New York if he gets to be mayor. You can print that,” Laura Leathers told the Daily News at her home in Allendale, Ill.

With all of this nonsense, a more self-aware person might call it a day and retire before any further damage occurs.  As Karl reports, though, it’s full speed ahead for Carlos Danger, despite the boos and laughter that greeted his appearances over the last two days.  Weiner has succeeded in doing something few Big Apple politicians have done in the past, though — gaining consensus in the brutally competitive New York media market.  All of the major newspapers want him gone:

Anthony Weiner was under intense pressure to abandon his improbable run for mayor of New York on Wednesday as his rivals, and the city’s press, turned on him after the publication of a new, explicit self-taken picture.

Three of Weiner’s fellow mayoral candidates called for him to quit after he admitted on Tuesday that he had continued to exchange sexually charged messages with young women after leaving Congress after similar allegations in 2011. …

Democrat Bill de Blasio launched an online petition to force Weiner to leave the running. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the New York Daily News all agreed he should go. In a blistering editorial, the Times said Weiner “should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the web and out of the race for mayor of New York City”.

A better question is why he was in it in the first place.  Weiner’s major accomplishments in life were being a Chuck Schumer staffer, a disgraced Congressman, and the spouse of Hillary Clinton’s confidante.  Weiner hasn’t run anything except his reputation into the ground — nor has he ever expressed any interest in executive work until he suddenly demanded that New Yorkers provide him some public redemption because he and his wife want it.  Yet, in a poll taken just as the new scandal emerged, Weiner narrowly led a crowded field for the top executive post in America’s most populous city.

That tells us something about the electorate, and not just in New York City, I argue in my column today for The Fiscal Times:

At first blush, it’s tempting to shrug off the debacle of Anthony Weiner’s attempt at a political comeback as an isolated, bizarre case of political ambition combined with massive hubris.  Unfortunately, while it’s getting even more bizarre than first thought, it’s not an isolated issue in American politics, nor is it a harmless diversion.  It exposes a lack of seriousness in electoral politics that appears to be worsening – a trend of treating politics as just another form of entertainment. …

In a ten-year period in my own state of Minnesota, for instance, we elected a professional wrestler as governor and a comedy writer to the US Senate. South Carolina just returned Mark Sanford to Congress despite his going AWOL as governor to conduct an extramarital affair.  Every cycle, the media starts speculating on which Hollywood stars will run for public office as if singing, dancing, and acting prepare them for the job rather than just the campaign and media attention. This year it was Ashley Judd, who almost decided to run against Mitch McConnell for Kentucky’s US Senate seat despite living in Tennessee. …

Detroit has a $20 billion sinkhole on its ledgers with nearly no tax base to service it, entire neighborhoods that have to be demolished, and a manufacturing base that has all but evaporated. Its workers now face severe damage to mismanaged and underfunded pensions thanks to corruption and fraud by public officials as well as the structural issues that plague other public-sector pension systems.  Hundreds of thousands of residents have watched their city collapse, and now will have to pick up the pieces thanks to poor decisions made in elections – even without serial Internet trollers or Client Number 9s among the candidates.

That’s what happens when voters don’t take public service more seriously than entertainment: we end up with clowns rather than public servants. To paraphrase Broadway maestro Stephen Sondheim, New York City needs to send out the clowns in this upcoming election. And the rest of us throughout the country need to take that lesson as well.

Let’s hope we’re all learning a lesson from this.


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That’s what happens when voters don’t take public service more seriously than entertainment: we end up with clowns rather than public servants.

It’s actually the consequence of the Death of Journalism in 2008.

faraway on July 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

She’s a nasty person herself. She thinks she can make a lot of money off this.

Blake on July 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

New York City needs to send out the clowns in this upcoming election. And the rest of us throughout the country need to take that lesson as well.

Good luck with that. The POTUS went on a radio show called “Pimp with a Limp” for crying out loud.

Let that sink in.

If people want that kind of leader, let them have it. Me and mine will be fine because I have never, nor will I ever, look to the Government for anything except where they plan on sticking me next.

Gatsu on July 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Nathan’s or Hebrew National?

abobo on July 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Weiner has been burned by most of his bimbos in the past. Yet, he still seeks out women in this manner and goes to great lengths to prove to them that he is the Weiner, knowing that they will most likely come forward for money. So, he is really into risky behavior or he hates himself and wants to be caught and punished.

Blake on July 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Weiner Spitzer? Wuzza Weiner Snitzer?

She’s a nasty person herself. She thinks she can make a lot of money off this.

Blake on July 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

That’s the news here. We already knew Weiner is pathological. Now we know Huma is too.

petefrt on July 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

He’s going full psycho. Talk about a metaphor for our time and our politics. I almost hope he stays in.

rrpjr on July 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM

#TheToasterIsVeryLoyal

Chris of Rights on July 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM

The NYC middle class whom it was Weiner’s ambition to support through programs and policies are the real losers of this pointless imbroglio.

Kidding. I kid.

casuist on July 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM

NewYorkers, kick these bums to the curb!

Bmore on July 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

It has to do with the hand held portable television stations we all hold in our hands. With those, every candidate must now be a television actor.

Of course, that doesn’t explain Mr. Weiner, who’s not your most handsome dude even in the prics — excuse me, the pics.

unclesmrgol on July 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

He’s going full psycho.

Yes. Apparently the Weiners have need of a trusted consigliere who can b***** slap the two of them back to their senses.

casuist on July 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Sydney Leathers, believed to be the woman behind the latest Weiner sex message scandal, has fled her home in Indiana

Political blogger, 23, ‘has hired an agent and hopes to make $100,000 from her lurid details’

Friends say Leathers dropped out of high school and is willing to go to any lengths to become famous

High school friend told MailOnline that Leathers posted on Facebook a few months ago: ‘I could ruin someone’s life right now’

Relationship allegedly began in July 2012 and continued until November 2012 – but she said they most recently spoke this April

Consisted of frequent online conversations and daily ‘phone sex’ calls

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2377351/Anthony-Weiner-began-sending-sexual-messages-23-year-old-Obama-campaigner-emailed-criticizing-FIRST-sexting-scandal.html

Blake on July 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

♬♫”On the cover of the Rolling Stones…”♬

Electrongod on July 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Blake on July 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Yep, political sex scandals are just a private matter. The media never talks about the blackmail angle. Thank god Lewinsky was just a star struck young woman and not something like this Sydney Leathers (did she use a female version of the Carlos Danger name changer?)

Flange on July 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM


Sydney Leathers, believed to be the woman behind the latest Weiner sex message scandal, has fled her home in Indiana

Leathers is her real name, bro. I honestly thought that was another nom de plume like Carlos Danger. Danger and Leathers. But no, it’s her real name.

She’s hot though. So is Huma, unbelievably hot. This Weiner guy is a player.

casuist on July 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

That’s what happens when voters don’t take public service more seriously than entertainment: we end up with clowns rather than public servants. To paraphrase Broadway maestro Stephen Sondheim, New York City needs to send out the clowns in this upcoming election. And the rest of us throughout the country need to take that lesson as well.

Even though I disagreed with most of his politics, the late George Carlin absolutely nailed this(and he did it nearly 10 years ago). The public sucks!

http://www.maniacworld.com/the-public-sucks.html

Language definitely NSFW(it’s Carlin, people!).

Doughboy on July 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Weiner accuser

Deep Throat?

faraway on July 25, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Imagine being dumb enough to trust a woman named Sydney Leathers to keep your sexual relationship discreet. I mean, for Christ’s sake, Anthony, she was born with a name she can take straight to the stripper pole! All the red flags should’ve been blowing in the wind right in front of that schnoz of yours…

Pale Rider on July 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Leathers thinks she’s some slick political operative when in fact she is a high school drop out who works at a tanning salon and who has the morals of an alley cat.

Blake on July 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Carlos Danger and Sydney Leathers. Perfect.

John the Libertarian on July 25, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Carlos Danger

Shouldn’t there be a song associated with this? Like a James Bond theme, or “Secret Agent Man”? Carlos Danger Man? The parody video is dying to be produced. Like the name, a little campy, a little over the top.

Paul-Cincy on July 25, 2013 at 10:32 AM


Leathers thinks she’s some slick political operative when in fact she is a high school drop out who works at a tanning salon and who has the morals of an alley cat.

Ms. Leathers is Woman of the Year in my estimation, Blake. I wish her a long and happy career plucking the low-hanging fruit of the progressive movement’s stupidest players.

casuist on July 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Coincidence? I think not.

Akzed on July 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Maybe she’ll be accompanied by Gloria Allred.

vcferlita on July 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

New Yorkers get to vote for “Client Number Nine” and “Carlos Danger.”

Ed talks of it in terms of entertainment value but I disagree. It is a sense that the whole system is so broken that we don’t hold our public servants to account the way we should.

In 1974, Wilbur Mills was a powerful Congressman who destroyed his career by getting caught with a stripper at the Tidal Basin. Gary Hart was undone by an extramarital affair in 1987. Larry Craig was disgraced by his toe tapping in 2007.

But these days….. Nobody is phased when it turns out that that a guy who had to resign for being a creepy sex addict is still a sex addict. That a Senator (or former Governor) gets caught using prostitutes. That the Senate Majority Leader made millions by questionable land speculation.

I honestly think we get the government we deserve and we are not demanding enough in terms of integrity or character in our elected leaders. If it were just entertainment then Honey Boo Boo would be in the House and the Kardashians would have a political dynasty. Instead, I would suggest that too many of the political class are given a pass on personal behavior so long as they have the correct letter behind their name.

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM


Imagine being dumb enough to trust a woman named Sydney Leathers to keep your sexual relationship discreet.

I know, right? I love the part where he promises her a job at politico or a condo if she will “hard delete” their chats on formspring or whatever site it was that brought those two star-crossed lovers together.

Can Weiner get someone a job at Politico? Imagine the look on the faces of the editors at Politico when they read about Weiner’s promise to his young friend.

casuist on July 25, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Leathers thinks she’s some slick political operative when in fact she is a high school drop out who works at a tanning salon and who has the morals of an alley cat.

Blake on July 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

So? Was she the married one sending creepy texts? Was she the one running for public office? Was she the one cultivating the image as happily married family man eagerly awaiting his first child?

This isn’t about Sydney Leathers.

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

These revelations seem to be coming out in controlled intervals… I smell a Hillary/Huma conspiracy.

The scorned wife bit worked once in NY, why not give it another try?

Huma for Senate!

mankai on July 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

No doubt there. Look no further than Filner out in San Diego.

Gatsu on July 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Whatever you do don’t go to The Dirty front page…

d1carter on July 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Imagine being dumb enough to trust a woman named Sydney Leathers to keep your sexual relationship discreet. I mean, for Christ’s sake, Anthony, she was born with a name she can take straight to the stripper pole! All the red flags should’ve been blowing in the wind right in front of that schnoz of yours…

Pale Rider on July 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

The only thing I can think of that is dumber is a certain President who thought he could rely on the discretion of an intern.

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Seriously, who would give her a political job? Does she have any job skills besides phone sex and shooting her mouth off about prog politics, which appears to be limited to the prog pols she would do? The woman is deluded. She has also burned her bridges in prog politics. She is going to milk this for all it’s worth.

Blake on July 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

The NYC Democratic Machine – putting the ‘function’ into dysfunctional.

And no amount of ED drugs can help this Weiner dysfunction.

ajacksonian on July 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Wow, she’s pretty hot. I can’t find the tattoos, though, and I keep looking for them.

John the Libertarian on July 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Video: Weiner accuser coming forward today?

The ONLY question that needs to be asked of her.

Is she going “Commando”

ToddPA on July 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Alternate headline: “Leathers to expose Weiner.”

James on July 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Look no further than Filner out in San Diego.

Gatsu on July 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Actually, Filner is a new wrinkle. A disgraced politician that refuses to go! A politician that asks for forgiveness even as he makes it clear that he will be remaining in office. I’m still not sure what to make of that. I’m still not sure what to make of that.

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

She’s hot though. So is Huma, unbelievably hot. This Weiner guy is a player.

casuist on July 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Her google image looks hot but doesn’t fit with the “heavily tattooed” description, so, who knows. The pix look like a younger Huma. Huma is really very attractive — a beauty and the beast thing going on here. Saying she could do better is like saying Weiner is a little bit of a pervert. Understatement.

Paul-Cincy on July 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Seriously, who would give her a political job? Does she have any job skills besides phone sex and shooting her mouth off about prog politics

Blake on July 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Hey, it has worked for both Megan McCain and Chelsea Clinton. Two bimbos with no discernible skills who have done well sucking at the teat of the liberal media.

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM

No wonder Weiner is so skinny…

d1carter on July 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Huma is really very attractive — a beauty and the beast thing going on here. Saying she could do better is like saying Weiner is a little bit of a pervert. Understatement.

Paul-Cincy on July 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Weiner has always reminded me of an angrier and more arrogant version of Moe Szyslak.

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Hey, it has worked for both Megan McCain and Chelsea Clinton. Two bimbos with no discernible skills who have done well sucking at the teat of the liberal media.

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Both are heiresses. And though you can’t tell with McCain, both have graduated from high school.

Blake on July 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Why doesn’t Weiner just come out and say that he and Huma have an “Open marriage”? New Yorkers would forgive him for that. In fact, he’d probably get more votes from the elites.

portlandon on July 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM

And, the bimbo parade marches on …

Pork-Chop on July 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

It seems appropriate to have a train wreck and a Weiner post/roast on the same page…heh.

d1carter on July 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Politics has always had a touch of “show business for ugly people,” but if things seem worse today it’s because most of what passes for real governance is handled by massive bureaucracies, leaving politicians the luxury of carrying on like sybaritic courtiers. And the growth of “permanent government” was suborned by… intellectuals and “reformers” usually acting in the name of the same lower classes who now sustain it indefinitely at the ballot box.

Seth Halpern on July 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Weiner has been burned by most of his bimbos in the past. .

Blake on July 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM>

Isn’t there a ointment for that?

Jomama on July 25, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Huma’s not a victim.

She’s an enabler, for sexual/political reasons.

She’s formed, coached, and used by the clintons. The Wiener marriage is just a front.

Hillary/Huma — 2016

Wiener can sext.

Bill can be Bill.

Hillary can do Huma.

Both can do the land.

Muslims, the fools, will all vote for them.

The Earth keeps on turning.

Feminazis are the eternal hypocritical sows.

If New Yorkers vote for him, they s/b called ScrewYorkers.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Weiner hasn’t run anything except his reputation into the ground

A former IL. state senator did the same thing and became Pres.

hillsoftx on July 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

You have a Weiner obscession. Let it go.

TeeRand on July 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Pimp Jackson’s daughter is supporting Huma “leave the family alone”.

Of course, dummy. They can be alone all they want.

Just leave New York’s office and dough alone. YOU don’t have the judgment to administer anything, outside of your ‘blessed’ home.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM

We already knew Weiner is pathological. Now we know Huma is too.

petefrt on July 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

The fact that she married a loser like Weiner was a pretty big clue.

No woman with a healthy self-esteem — especially one as good-looking and smart as Huma — would get involved with a creep like Weiner (let alone marry him and have a child with him). Huma clearly has issues.

AZCoyote on July 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM

I have no doubt all this mess just raises his odds of getting elected. We don’t hold any standards for elected officials anymore. Nobody cares. It’s all based on who you know, how much money you have, name recognition, it has nothing to do with how you carry yourself or what kind of character you have or whether you’ve humiliated your wife or not. In fact, it seems that bad behavior is rewarded in this country anymore. Good luck, New York. Expect more of the same from this moron, he’s going to get the power he wants and continue right on his perverted path because, as Spitzer has shown, you can get away with it for quite some time and there are no real consequences.

scalleywag on July 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM

…I honestly think we get the government we deserve and we are not demanding enough in terms of integrity or character in our elected leaders. If it were just entertainment then Honey Boo Boo would be in the House and the Kardashians would have a political dynasty….

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Unfortunately true. Maybe there is an “entertainment” factor. Overall, voters expect today’s politicians to habitually lie, fornicate, line their pockets, and simply look out for number one. We used to call them public servants. Now we call them leaders.

Politicians believe they are mostly untouchable. Election results support that sense of entitlement or royalty.

Just as the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal created a dramatically lower bar, these current clowns will help demolish standards and expectations.

Weiner seems openly defiant. Filner will ride out the storm. Spitzer gets relatively little attention.

New Yorkers may well elect Weiner and Spitzer. What real alternatives do they have?

Weiner, Spitzer, and Filner are taking voters to a new low in expectations. As the sense of hopeless corruption by a ruling class (aka the new Royalty) continues to spread we will see more and more politicians behaving like thugs.

What kind of elected government will a culture that praises tramp-stamp tatoos, gangsta rap, and government hand-outs elect? We have a plurality of citizens and residents/visits living off various forms of government welfare.

We get the government we choose. Sadly, it is a reflection of us.

Perfesser on July 25, 2013 at 11:29 AM

I’d still like to know what draws pretty women to the Weiner. Apart from being homely, he can’t sing or dance, he’s not rich and he’s not the only argumentative, reasonably bright political junkie from New York. As for his being an ex-Congressman, one of the the creepiest guys I ever met got 45% of the vote in a Congressional primary.

Granted that women are less “visual” in their choices than men, the explanation eludes me.

Lonely puppy syndrome?

Seth Halpern on July 25, 2013 at 11:36 AM

What do you expect from the party of baby killers…a Godless and morally bankrupt bunch of folks living up to their party symbol…the jackass…..

crosshugger on July 25, 2013 at 11:37 AM

With Gloria Allred at her side, no doubt.

steebo77 on July 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

they don’t know he’s not rich. to most of these women he is rich.

gerrym51 on July 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Huma clearly has issues.

AZCoyote on July 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM

If she weren’t of a certain religious persuasion, I suspect she’d be following the example of her mentor Killary by using alcohol to cope.

steebo77 on July 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM

The fact that she married a loser like Weiner was a pretty big clue.

No woman with a healthy self-esteem — especially one as good-looking and smart as Huma — would get involved with a creep like Weiner (let alone marry him and have a child with him). Huma clearly has issues.

AZCoyote on July 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Some women just tend to fall for dicks. And I don’t mean that as a Weiner joke. You know, they want the ‘bad boy.’ Well, there’s a reason those boys are ‘bad.’ It’s not just a reputation.

James on July 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I’d still like to know what draws pretty women to the Weiner. Apart from being homely, he can’t sing or dance, he’s not rich and he’s not the only argumentative, reasonably bright political junkie from New York. As for his being an ex-Congressman, one of the the creepiest guys I ever met got 45% of the vote in a Congressional primary.

Granted that women are less “visual” in their choices than men, the explanation eludes me.

Lonely puppy syndrome?

Seth Halpern on July 25, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Same kind of young women who go after dried up old men with one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel.

Power is a potent aphrodisiac. And along with power comes attention they so desperately crave. Good or bad, it’s attention. And sometimes money is the icing on the cake. Looks make no difference and neither does a personality.

And there are plenty of mimbos who do the same.

Jomama on July 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Let’s hope we’re all learning a lesson from this.

“Don’t read your press; weigh it.” — widely attributed to Andy Warhol

Mr. D on July 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM