Anthony Weiner, left, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the New York City Mayor's Office, has a heated argument with Shaul Kessler at Weiss Bakery in the Boro Park neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. / AP PHOTO/SHIMON GIFTER
(USA TODAY) -- Anthony Weiner's support in New York City mayoral polls has been
dropping for weeks because of scandal. Now, he's got to contend with a
video showing him in a shouting match with a Jewish voter.
Brooklyn campaign stop Wednesday, Weiner got into an angry
confrontation with a voter who called the Democrat a "scumbag" and
"disgusting" because of the candidate's sexting habits.
rabbi taught you that you're my judge," Weiner can be heard saying on
the video captured by Jacob Kornbluh, a blogger who posted the exchange
Ross Barkan of Politicker
was there and provided a detailed account of what transpired at a
Borough Park bakery between Weiner and Saul Kessler, a real estate
manager. Readers should take note that the exchange occurred hours
before Rosh Hashanah. The Jewish New Year begins at sundown Wednesday.
the exchange, Weiner took to one of his favorite social media platforms
to explain himself on Twitter. In one post, the candidate said he was
defending himself against a "heckler" and said "that's what mayors have
to do sometimes."
Weiner later posted an extended version of the heated exchange
on his campaign website, and his video begins with him buying
chocolate-dipped honey cookies. On the Weiner video, the man can be
heard saying "married to an Arab," an apparent reference to the
candidate's wife, Huma Abedin, who is Muslim. Weiner told reporters and
other people on the sidewalk outside of the bakery who heard the
exchange, "I don't back down."
Weiner, who resigned from Congress
in 2011, was known in Washington for his sometimes fiery rhetoric on the
House floor and in cable TV appearances. He has been saying his bid
for mayor is about the future, not his scandalous past.
7% support in the Democratic primary for mayor, according to the latest
Quinnipiac Poll, and is far behind front-runner Bill de Blasio, the
city's public advocate, who has 43%.
The primary is next Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Catalina Camia, USA TODAY