The big revelation: The sexting continued long after he resigned from Congress in 2011, on into the summer of 2012. Right up until the time, in fact, that he was telling People Magazine how awesome his family life was as part of his image rehabilitation effort:
“I’m very happy in my present life,” Weiner told People in the July 18th profile.
“Anthony has spent every day since [the scandal] trying to be the best dad and husband he can be,” his wife said. “I’m proud to be married to him.”
Baby was born December 2011, so yes. RT @ClaraJeffery: So he was sexting through her entire pregnancy, yes?
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) July 23, 2013
Watch the vid of the presser. Two years ago, Kirsten Powers called Weiner’s endless lying spanning weeks of scandal “sociopathic.” You get a better sense of that watching this than you do from any of his pressers back then. There’s not a whisper of real remorse or embarrassment here even though this isn’t the first time he’s had to cop to sleazy behavior at a press conference and even though the fact that he went on sexting for a year after leaving office gives voters every reason to think he’s compulsively reckless. The whole thing has a pro forma “let’s get this over with” check-the-box feel to it.
And to add to the creepiness, his wife not only ended up at the podium next to him, she delivered her own statement in his defense. “Anthony has made some horrible mistakes,” she said, “but I do strongly believe that it’s between us in our marriage” — a claim that would be perfectly fair if he wasn’t running for mayor of New York City. Chris Matthews made a (rare) good point on MSNBC: This was, in a way, Huma’s introduction to the public. I follow politics regularly and I don’t think I’ve ever heard her speak before. He was content to keep her in the background until he needed a human shield against the latest round of sexting revelations. And to top it all off, she didn’t seem particularly perturbed by the circumstances either. She flashed a big bright smile when they walked out together and seemed perfectly relaxed throughout, just like Carlos Danger himself did. The media naturally finds her brave and dignified; I think the two of them together put on one of the creepiest shows of careerism since whenever Charlie Crist’s last presser was. I’d vote against him for that reason — not because he’s “flawed” but because we need fewer people in office whose political ambitions have left them literally shameless. Creepy, all the way through.
Exit question: How recent is “recent”?
A source just told me two more women coming out with recent sex texts from Anthony Weiner. It seems "sex rehab" didn't take.
— Emily Miller (@emilymiller) July 23, 2013