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Rivals call on Weiner to drop out of race

New York City Mayoral candidate AnthonyWeiner holds a news conference in New York, Monday, July 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Anthony Weiner on  July 8. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Several of Anthony Weiner's rivals in the New York City mayoral race are calling on the former congressman to end his campaign in light of new revelations about his sexual indiscretions.

“Enough is enough,” said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, a liberal Democrat who is competing for the same votes as Weiner. “I’m calling on Anthony to withdraw from this race, for the good of the city that I know he loves as much as all of us.”

Christine Quinn, Weiner's chief rival in the Democratic primary, stopped short of calling for Weiner to quit the race. But she described his bid as a "circus" and a "disservice to New Yorkers who are looking for someone who has the judgment and maturity to lead this City."

Sal Albanese, a former city councilman and long-shot Democratic candidate, was the first to ask for Weiner's resignation. .

"From the moment he entered the race, I've said that Tony Weiner was unfit to serve as Mayor of our great city. Today, that is clearer than ever," he said in a statement shortly after Weiner's news conference Tuesday.

Like Quinn, Democratic Comptroller John Liu avoided telling Weiner what to do. But he called "the propensity for pornographic 'selfies' ... a valid issue for voters."

While in earlier comments former comptroller Bill Thompson avoided telling Weiner to drop out, he appeared to do so in an interview with WNYC Wednesday morning.

Polls have de Blasio and Thompson jockeying for third place in the Democratic primary, with Liu in fourth and Albanese far behind.

John Catsimatidis, a supermarket mogul seeking the Republican nomination, said that Weiner should "end this soap opera."

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.



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