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Retired teacher confronts Anthony Weiner, questions his 'moral authority' as potential mayor

Posted by Anush Elbakyan, Boston.com Staff  July 29, 2013 04:15 PM

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New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and a Staten Island teacher had an ugly exchange when the candidate was asked if he would hire a schools chancellor or a police commissioner with the same sexting addiction he has.

Weiner had a campaign stop in Staten Island to talk about Hurricane Sandy on Friday when a local teacher, Peg Brunda, confronted him:

Brunda: “I don’t quite understand how you would feel you would have the moral authority as the head administrator in the city to oversee employees when your standard of conduct is so much lower than the standard of conduct that’s expected of me,” the retired teacher said.

Weiner: “You’re not voting for me?”

Brunda: “No, I’m not voting for you, sir.”

Weiner: “I want to let other people make the decision for themselves.”

Weiner also responded later by saying he would hire a schools chancellor or a police commissioner with the same sexting addiction he has.

"People have their personal lives. If it is unconnected to their professional duties, of course, I’m not going to judge someone’s personal life."

Weiner admitted on July 23 that he continued sending additional explicit photos and texts to a woman he met online for more than a year after his resignation from Congress in 2011. The former congressman promised that the ‘‘behavior is behind me", and insisted that his wife Huma Abedin has forgiven him.

Weiner has vowed to stay in the race for New York City Mayor despite the resignation of his campaign manager and the recent poll results showing him behind his opponent, Christine Quinn.

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