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Quoted: Anthony Weiner on his losing mayoral bid, wife, and Congress

Weiner campaigning in upper Manhattan in July. (Mike Segar/Reuters) Weiner campaigning in upper Manhattan in July. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Anthony Weiner is still with us, thanks to “The Year of Living Carlos Dangerously,” a profile in the new issue of GQ magazine. Weiner weighs in on his losing race for New York City mayor, long-suffering wife Huma Abedin, sexting, and other skill sets. Too many jaw-dropping quotes to pick just one, so choose your favorite:

— “Maybe if the Internet didn’t exist? Like, if I was running in 1955? I’d probably get elected mayor.”

— “Maybe I don’t have the greatest connection with the emotional s— going on, but when it comes to looking at a problem in the city and how to fix it, that’s where I’m at my best. That’s where I’m good.”

— “For me, knocking on doors and running seventeen flights of stairs is absolutely natural. I’m a pretty highly evolved campaigning species.”

–“Congress just isn’t a good job anymore…Not to overstate, but I was a pretty important member of Congress because I’d figured out the outside game pretty well. But if someone goes to Congress for thirty or forty years nowadays? They’re doin’ s–. They’re doin’ nothin’.”

— “You ask about the higher meaning of sexting, but it was remarkably meaningless. It was almost like a video game you played. One that didn’t have much connection to reality.”

— “[Huma’s] reputation has become the Woman Who Married an Idiot and Stuck with Him. More of it rolls off my back, because that’s the way I am constitutionally. She’s more sensitive. I’m just an empty, soulless vessel, so it doesn’t hurt me as much.”

More Reliable Source: Ronan Farrow; Chris Matthews; Kerry Washington; Harry Belafonte; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; women ambassadors; Tiny Fey; Giuliana Rancic; Eric Todd Dellums; Robin Thicke;



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