Anthony Weiner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York
Anthony Weiner
Anthony David Weiner is a former U.S. Representative who served from January 1999 until June 2011. A Democrat, Weiner held the seat previously occupied by Democrat Charles Schumer and won seven terms, never receiving less than 59 percent of the vote. He was an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of New York City in the 2005 election, and had begun to amass a campaign fund to run again for mayor in 2013.
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Enjoying President Trump? Then Blame Democrats For Cheating Bernie Sanders
Huffington Post - 19 days
In a recent article, I explain that President Obama either bombed, sanctioned or sent American soldiers to the seven nations on President Trump’s travel ban. Thus, the precedent for Trump’s stance on refugees correlates directly to policies from the Bush and Obama years. These policies helped create the refugee crisis that Trump has so awkwardly addressed with his draconian executive order. From Trump’s travel ban of Muslim majority nations to allegedly belligerent phone calls with world leaders, media and Democrats have reacted with outrage and disbelief. It’s as if the Democratic Party and loyal “lesser evil” voters didn’t think cheating Bernie Sanders would lead to such political turmoil. When Debbie Wasserman Shultz resigned from the DNC and friendly journalists covered-up the crime, it was too late; Bernie was forced out of the primary. The only chance for Democrats to defeat a populist Republican nominee, during an anti-establishment year in American politic ...
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Huffington Post - about 2 months
Relax. Now breathe. And repeat. The nonstop madcap insanity has finally reached its red and green holiday crescendo and its all downhill from here. Don't know if it had anything to do with the earth- shaking, democracy- twisting events of November 8th, but people were extra special amplified crazy this particular solstice season. Like frothing- at- the- mouth wacky. Hair- tearing bonkers. Nuttier than the Planters Hospitality Suite at a Flying Squirrel Convention crazy. So while we salute all you stalwart consumers for navigating those Demolition Derby parking lots in the honorable quest of sinking heavily into debt to celebrate the birth of that Jewish hippie kid; anticipating the flash of horror across your face when the bills float in from the mail, let us offer up our annual WILL DUR$T'$ XMA$ GIFT WI$H LI$T. These are the presents that folks presumably did not find under their tree but most certainly deserved. For Vladimir Putin: one of those extra long telescoping leashes ...
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The Cinema Year That Was: Zaki's Flick Picks 2016
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Read on to see my personal picks for my favorite cinematic experiences for the calendar year that's now closing. There were some very strong offerings this year, and there are plenty of flicks that just missed the cut, but here's what I ended up putting in my top ten: 10 - Weiner This fascinating documentary uses the fall-rise-fall arc of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner to make some very pointed observations about our media culture and its intermingling of our politics. Given Weiner's tangential role in the closing days of this past election, with his sex scandal arguably becoming one more of the asterisks next to Donald Trump's election, this film has taken on an entirely different context in the closing months of the year than it did at the start. All of that makes it even more required viewing for students of both politics and media. (Click here for my interview with the filmmakers behind Weiner.) 9 - Star Trek Beyond "Better to die saving lives than to liv ...
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Brandinista's Best + Worst Brands of 2016 Music, Theater, Retail, and More
Huffington Post - 2 months
I started Best + Worst Brands as a weekly column in 2009. It was a way for me to talk about what I love (brand, culture, and design) while opening a window into my life (therapy). A form of creative nonfiction-New Journalism. Thank you for reading and sharing, sending me stuff to review, and encouraging me to write. To note, my criteria for selecting 2016's Best and Worst brands are as follows: 1. Engagement 2. Transparency 3. Relevancy 4. Impact 5. Endurance I wanted this list to be expansive across industries and to note, obvious failures like Wells Fargo and Samsung have not been isolated because my peers at Forbes and The Wall Street Journal have done a good job of slamming them already. I'm writing original content here☺ (in my Jersey Shore voice). With Jon Stewart off the air and a desert of researched and fact-checked truths on nearly every cable and online news platform, I found solace watching the patriotic Saturday Night Live cast through the iridescent suds in ...
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FBI warrant released in Clinton email case
Fox News - 2 months
A federal court on Tuesday released the search warrant documents filed by the FBI to access a laptop used by disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, revealing new details about why the bureau revisited the email case just days before the presidential election.
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Clinton aide Abedin seeks to review Clinton emails search warrant
Yahoo News - 2 months
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Huma Abedin, the longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, asked a U.S. judge on Wednesday to allow her to review a search warrant the FBI used to gain access to emails related to Clinton's private server shortly before the Nov. 8 presidential election. In a letter filed in Manhattan federal court, Abedin said she was never provided a copy of the warrant, nor was her estranged husband, former Democratic U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, whose computer contained the emails in question. The letter was filed as a federal judge considers whether to unseal the application for the search warrant, which was obtained after FBI Director James Comey informed Congress of newly discovered emails on Oct. 28.
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Is sex addiction real? Depends on whom you ask
CNN - 2 months
From Anthony Weiner to Tiger Woods, there's no shortage of so-called sex addicts these days. But is sex addiction a real condition?
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The Top Ten Lies Of 2016
Huffington Post - 2 months
TOP TEN LIES OF 2016 If you thought the deception epidemic of 2015 could not be topped then 2016 took you to school. The School for Liars, that is. Fake news became a thing. The Russians were accused of hacking both parties and supplying WikiLeaks with its best bumper crop ever. The FBI explained itself into a hole. Even Anthony Weiner made a return appearance. This year, from every sphere of human endeavor, we saw liars, we saw lying about lying, and we saw liars calling others liars. We'll be talking about 2016 for years to come: Welcome to the post-truth era. 10. A Red, White and Blue Hot Mess: Ryan Lochte gets held up by a lie. U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, who spent his sports career being Michael Phelps' stalking horse, wanted the fame that had eluded him. He succeeded -- but he'll have to settle for being infamous rather than famous. As we all now know, Lochte and a few teammates went partying in Rio, stayed out late, got drunk, and ended up at a gas station wh ...
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Anthony Weiner Fined for Misuse of Campaign Funds
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner has been fined $64,956 by the New York City Campaign Finance Board for violations stemming from his 2013 bid for mayor.
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The Holiday Madness of Trump and Clinton Obscures Trump's Strange Dithering Over the State Department
Huffington Post - 3 months
Is it really far too late to hope that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton join hands and merrily take that proverbial long walk off a short pier? Trump's trademark overreaction to a big Clinton flip flop may mask a deeper seated anxiety over not just his big and oddly meandering decision about the new U.S. secretary of State but also the office of the Presidency itself. First Clinton, in ever so lawyerly fashion, "joined" Green candidate Jill Stein's silly push for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, crucial states Trump snatched from the Democrats (as I warned the Friday before the election) to win the White House. Then Trump, in a fit of pique over Hillary's effectively reneging on her election night concession phone call and day after speech urging America to accept Trump's election, fell into his all too familiar habit of Twittering on about not only his understandable outrage but also his preposterous claim that he really did not lose the national popular vote, a ...
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The Democrats' Circular Firing Squad
Huffington Post - 3 months
If you are like me, you are probably very weary of debates about Who Lost America to Donald Trump. The debate goes something like this: Hillary blew it! What a terrible campaign. What a blemished candidate. What horrible judgment to take those speaking fees from Wall Street, to keep classified data on her personal server, to fail to ask her top aide Huma Abedin to leave her employ once the Anthony Weiner mess blew up, yet again. She handed her enemies a loaded gun. And now we're stuck with Trump!! Hillary screwed up, we pay the price. Hold on, misogynist pig. Hillary won! She won the popular vote by more than two million. Even apart from the alleged hacking of election results, old-fashioned voter suppression -- in the form of closed polling places, long lines, restrictions on early voting, abuse of ID requirements, improper purges -- probably cost her at least three swing states where the winning margin was razor thin. She won! Yeah, but a decent candidate would have beat T ...
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President Elect Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 4 months
President Elect Donald Trump is using Twitter to reassure all Americans that good things are in store for them. "This will prove to be a great time in the lives of ALL Americans. We will unite and we will win, win, win," he wrote Saturday. But it will take actions not tweets to begin to address the anxiety most Americans feel about Trump as president. Hillary Clinton received the most votes in last Tuesday's presidential election, a higher percentage than Richard Nixon received in 1968, and Bill Clinton in 1992. But in the country where democracy was founded, getting the most votes does not mean victory. Trump was able to carry enough states to win the delegate count. He was helped by a depressed voter turnout, which always helps Republicans. Last Tuesday 57 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots, compared to 58.6 percent in 2012, and 61.6 percent in 2008. The depressed turnout may have been due to several key factors. FBI director James Comey sent a letter to memb ...
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The Impact of Comey's Unconstitutional Intervention In The Election
Huffington Post - 4 months
I. CONTEXT and CIRCUMSTANCE With eleven days to go before election day, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey--apparently responsible to no one else in the government--made an unprecedented decision to insert the bureau into the 2016 presidential campaign while early voting was underway. For nine days--October 28-November 6--the citizens of this country had virtually nothing to go on but reports attributed to anonymous law enforcement officials. In an ambiguous letter, sent to some Congressional committee chairmen and ranking members on October 28, Comey stated that the bureau had not yet determined whether or not this material may be significant, implying that a new development upsetting the presidential campaign might ultimately have no impact on the concluded (as of July 5) investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's classified email. And, indeed, it did not. Comey had not even read the referenced, separate Anthony Weiner file, ...
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Yes, Folks. It's President Hillary.
Huffington Post - 4 months
A version of this article appeared in my op-ed column in the Indian Express. With the latest plot twist in the U.S. elections -- the FBI examining email files contained on the computer of psycho sexter, Anthony Weiner -- now untwisted, it seems the fat lady may now resume singing. This nightmarish show is over: The lady in the pantsuit will be the next president of the United States. The race may have tightened in this final act, but, seriously folks, it is hard to build a scenario where Donald Trump beats the odds and reaches the magic number of 270 electoral votes. Trump's improbable campaign has been outrun by Hillary's preparation and poise under pressure, but, most significantly, it has been trumped by Trump himself. Terrible debate performances, attacks on women, Muslims and other minority groups, fondness for tax dodging, refusal to accept the election outcomes (if he loses), insults, directed at over 280 people, places and things on Twitter alone, collectively -- and final ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anthony Weiner
  • 2016
    In 2016, the resulting documentary, Weiner, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, a production called The Weiner Monologues premiered at the Access Theater. Directed by Jonathan Harper Schlieman, the show was based on media coverage of Wiener's sexting scandal.
    In August 2016, Abedin announced that she was separating from Weiner due to his continued sexting.
    More Details Hide Details Weiner appeared in the Syfy movie Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015), portraying the Director of NASA.
    On August 29, 2016, the New York Daily News said it would no longer carry Weiner’s columns, which included his writings on New York City politics.
    More Details Hide Details On the same day, television channel NY1 said Weiner would not be reprising his contributor role on any of its shows. Weiner is Jewish. He is a lifelong fan of both the New York Mets and New York Islanders.
  • 2015
    By September 2015, his employment at MWW had ended, with the firm's head Michael Kempner stating "It has become clear that a handful of people and a few media outlets continue to be fixated on Anthony".
    More Details Hide Details According to Politico New York, Weiner first learned of his own resignation through Kempner's mass email.
    In July 2015, Weiner was hired by MWW Group, a PR firm in New York City as a part-time consultant to serve on the company's board of advisors.
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  • 2013
    In 2013, Weiner and Abedin allowed filmmakers full access to his mayoral campaign.
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    Explicit photos were sent by him under the alias "Carlos Danger" to a 22-year-old woman with whom Weiner had contact as late as April 2013, more than a year after he had left Congress.
    More Details Hide Details The 22-year-old woman was later revealed as Sydney Leathers, an Indiana native who first came into contact with him by expressing her disapproval of his extramarital behaviors. On August 28, 2016, the New York Post reported that Weiner had sexted another woman, including sending one picture while lying in bed with his young son. The New York Times reported the next day that Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, intended to separate. Abedin announced her intention to separate from her husband by stating, "After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband. Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy."
    A second scandal began on July 23, 2013, several months after Weiner returned to politics in the New York City mayoral race.
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    On September 10, 2013, Weiner lost the mayoral primary with less than 5% of the vote.
    More Details Hide Details Less than a month after leaving Congress, Weiner created the consulting firm Woolf-Weiner Associates in July 2011, where he advised over a dozen companies including electronic medical records providers, biofuel firms, and worked with Covington & Burling, an international law firm. His work helped increase his combined family income to $496,000 in 2012, according to public disclosures. Weiner has argued that despite contacting members of Congress on behalf of his clients, his work did not meet the legal definition of lobbying. This was based on the so-called "Daschle Loophole" in the Lobbying Disclosure Act, which requires only those who spend more than 20% of their time lobbying to register as lobbyists. Weiner has been criticized by some on both the political Left and Right for his consulting work. During an interview on MSNBC, Lawrence O'Donnell criticized Weiner stating, "You went out to make money as a lobbyist... you did the classic hack thing and you know it." Weiner stated he was not a lobbyist. He was also criticized by the Sunlight Foundation for stealth lobbying, and falling under the aforementioned "Daschle Loophole", as the public never learned of his lobbying work until two years later when his nondisclosure agreements expired.
    On July 27, 2013, Danny Kedem, Weiner's campaign chief, announced his resignation.
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    On July 23, 2013, following allegations that Weiner (using the alias "Carlos Danger") had continued sexting after his resignation from Congress, he acknowledged that he had continued to send explicit messages to at least three women in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details One recipient of his messages stated that Weiner described himself to her as “an argumentative, perpetually horny middle-aged man”. Following this admission, there were calls for Weiner to drop out of the mayoral race; however, Weiner held a press conference with his wife, Huma Abedin, in which he announced that he would continue his campaign. At the press conference, Weiner said, "I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out and today they have... I want to again say that I am very sorry to anyone who was on the receiving end of these messages and the disruption this has caused.”
    Weiner announced his intent to seek candidacy on a YouTube video on May 21, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Weiner's platform for candidacy is summarized in "Keys to the City: 64 Ideas to Keep New York City the Capital of the Middle Class."
    In an interview with The New York Times Magazine published online on April 10, 2013, Weiner said he would like to "ask people to give me a second chance" and was considering a run for mayor.
    More Details Hide Details He added that, "it's now or maybe never for me." In an interview on April 11, Rep. Keith Ellison endorsed Weiner, saying that he would love to see him become mayor of New York.
    According to the NYC Campaign Finance Board website, as of the March 2013 filing deadline Weiner had raised over $5.1 million, the second most of all registered mayoral candidates, behind only Christine Quinn.
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  • 2011
    In December 2011, Abedin gave birth to a boy, Jordan Zain Weiner.
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    On June 13, 2011, the New York Daily News reported that one of Weiner's vehicles, though it had been issued valid plates, was displaying expired plates that had been issued to another one of his vehicles.
    More Details Hide Details Weiner has criticized UN diplomats for failing to pay parking tickets in New York City, claiming foreign nations owed $18,000,000 to the city.
    Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011 when the first of what would become multiple sexting scandals were made public.
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    In the special election held on September 13, 2011, to replace him, Republican businessman Bob Turner defeated Democrat David Weprin to fill Weiner's seat.
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    After an explicit photo was leaked through the Twitter account of a listener of the The Opie & Anthony Show, Weiner announced on June 16, 2011, that he would resign from Congress, and he formally did so on June 21.
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    On May 27, 2011, Weiner sent a link of a sexually explicit photograph of himself via his public Twitter account to an adult woman who was following him on Twitter.
    More Details Hide Details After several days of denying he had posted the image, Weiner held a press conference at which he admitted he had "exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years". He apologized for his earlier denials.
  • 2010
    By July 2010, Weiner had raised $3.9 million for a potential campaign in the 2013 mayoral election, and was considered a leading contender in early polls.
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    A 2010 license plate check by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call showed that Weiner's vehicles were among several owned by members of Congress which had unpaid tickets.
    More Details Hide Details Weiner's past due fines which spanned three years and totaled more than $2,000 were among the highest uncovered by Roll Call and they were paid in full shortly after publication of the article.
    Weiner voted against the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010.
    More Details Hide Details A prominent Democratic opponent of the tax cut package passed by Congress, Weiner said Republicans had gotten the better of President Obama in the negotiations to reach an agreement on the $858 billion deal and said the Republicans turned out to be "better poker players" than Obama. Weiner voted for the authorization to use force against Iraq in 2002. In May 2006, Weiner attempted to bar entry by the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations. Weiner added that the delegation "should start packing their little Palestinian terrorist bags", and went on to claim that Human Rights Watch, The New York Times, and Amnesty International are all biased against Israel. On July 29, 2007, Weiner and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) objected to a $20-billion arms deal that the Bush Administration had negotiated with Saudi Arabia because they didn't want to provide "sophisticated weapons to a country that they believe has not done enough to stop terrorism", noting that 15 of the 19 hijackers of September 11, 2001, were Saudis. Weiner made the announcement outside of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Washington, stating that "We need to send a crystal clear message to the Saudi Arabian government that their tacit approval of terrorism can't go unpunished." Weiner and Nadler intended to use a provision of the Arms Export Control Act to review the deal and pass a Joint Resolution of Disapproval.
    In response to pressure from Weiner, in November 2010 YouTube removed some of Anwar al-Awlaki's inflammatory videos from its website.
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    On July 29, 2010, Weiner criticized Republicans for opposing the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which would provide for funds for sick first responders to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
    More Details Hide Details In a speech on the floor of the House, he accused Republicans of hiding behind procedural questions as an excuse to vote against the bill.
  • 2009
    When a public health insurance option was being considered as part of America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, he said it would help towards reducing costs, and set up a website to push for the option.
    More Details Hide Details He attracted wide attention when described the Republican Party as "a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry, teaming up with a small group of Democrats to try to protect that industry", and proclaimed in front of Congress in February 2010 that "every single Republican I have ever met in my entire life is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry."
    In late July 2009, he secured a full House floor vote for single payer health care in exchange for not amending America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (AAHCA) in Committee mark-up with a single-payer plan.
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    During the health care reform debates of 2009, Weiner advocated for a bill called the United States National Health Care Act, which would have expanded Medicare to all Americans, regardless of age.
    More Details Hide Details He remarked that while 4% of Medicare funds go to overhead, private insurers put 30% of their customer's money into profits and overhead instead of into health care.
    In May 2009, he became engaged to Huma Abedin, a long-time personal aide to Hillary Clinton, and they married in July 2010, with former President Bill Clinton officiating.
    More Details Hide Details Abedin is Muslim of Indian and Pakistani descent.
    However, in May 2009, after the New York City Council voted to extend term limits for Mayor Bloomberg, Weiner announced his decision not to run against the popular incumbent.
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    Weiner appeared to be a candidate for mayor again in 2009.
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    Weiner was the chief sponsor of the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT) of 2009, which makes the selling of tobacco in violation of any state tax law a federal felony, and effectively ends Internet tobacco smuggling by stopping shipments of cigarettes through the United States Postal Service.
    More Details Hide Details He claimed, "This new law will give states and localities a major revenue boost by cracking down on the illegal sale of tobacco", and added that "Every day we delay is another day that New York loses significant amounts of tax revenue and kids have easy access to tobacco products sold over the Internet."
  • 2008
    In June 2008, Weiner sponsored a bill that would increase the number of O-visas available to foreign fashion models, arguing that it would help boost the fashion industry in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details He has criticized UN diplomats for failing to pay parking tickets in New York City, claiming foreign nations owed $18,000,000 to the city.
  • 2005
    Weiner sought the Democratic nomination to run for New York City mayor in 2005, vying against three other candidates.
    More Details Hide Details He had a three-part pitch to voters that included criticizing sitting Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his top-down style of management and promising a more democratic approach; against "passivity in City Hall" and for getting more federal money for the city; and a series of ideas on how to get the city to work better. He presented a book of 50 "Real Solutions" and among his policy proposals were fixes for the health care and educational systems. One idea already in play was a neighborhood scrubbing-up program he dubbed "Weiners Cleaners". Weiner started out last in many polls, but gained ground in the final weeks of the campaign, coming in second. Initial election returns had Fernando Ferrer with 39.95% of the vote, just shy of the 40% required to avoid a runoff against Weiner who had 28.82%, but Weiner conceded, citing the need for party unity and denying rumors that various high-ranking New York Democrats, such as Senator Chuck Schumer and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, had urged him to concede. Ultimately, absentee ballots put Ferrer over the 40% mark in the official primary election returns.
    Weiner received an "A" on the Drum Major Institute's 2005 Congressional Scorecard on middle-class issues.
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    He was an unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of New York City in the 2005 and 2013 New York City mayoral elections.
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  • 2003
    He received a 100% rating from the NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2003 and a 0% rating from National Right to Life Committee 2006, indicating a strong pro-choice voting record.
    More Details Hide Details He was critical of the 2009 Stupak-Pitts Amendment to the health reform bill, calling it "unnecessary and divisive" and saying it would prevent health insurers from offering abortion coverage regardless of whether an individual uses federal funds to purchase an insurance plan. In April 2008, Weiner created the bi-partisan Congressional Middle Class Caucus.
  • 2000
    His older brother, Seth, was killed at age 39 by a hit-and-run driver in May 2000.
    More Details Hide Details His younger brother, Jason, is a chef and co-owner of several New York restaurants.
  • 1998
    Weiner ran for Congress in 1998 from New York's 9th congressional district, the seat held by his mentor, Chuck Schumer, who was running for the U.S. Senate.
    More Details Hide Details Weiner won the primary election, which is tantamount to election in the heavily Democratic district which included parts of southern Brooklyn and south and central Queens.
  • 1991
    After six years in Schumer's office, Weiner's first chance at political office came in 1991 when the New York City Council was expanded from 35 to 51 seats.
    More Details Hide Details Considered a long-shot, Weiner faced strong primary competition from two other candidates who had better local name recognition and funding. Weiner narrowly won the primary, besting Adele Cohen by less than 200 votes. Controversy ensued in the last weeks of the campaign, however, after Weiner's campaign had anonymously spread leaflets around the District which had alleged ties between Cohen and the so-called "Jackson-Dinkins agenda"; the leaflets referred to the Crown Heights riots earlier in the year, after which white residents had seen Jackson (who became notorious for his earlier remarks about New York City as "Hymietown") and then-mayor David Dinkins as having been beholden to the predominantly African American rioters and therefore endangering whites. Weiner won the November election, widely considered a formality with no opposition in the heavily-Democratic district, and became, at age 27, the youngest councilman in the city's history at the time. Over the next seven years on the City Council, Weiner initiated programs to address quality of life concerns. He also started a program to put at-risk and troubled teens to work cleaning up graffiti, and backed development plans that helped to revive the historic Sheepshead Bay area.
  • 1988
    He worked in Schumer's Washington, D.C. office for three years, then transferred to Schumer's district office in Brooklyn in 1988, when Schumer encouraged him to become involved in local politics.
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  • 1985
    Upon receiving his Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1985, Weiner joined the staff of then–United States Representative and current Senator Chuck Schumer.
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  • 1981
    Weiner took the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), an examination used to determine admission to all but one of New York City's specialized high schools, and was admitted to Brooklyn Technical High School; he graduated in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details He attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where he played on the hockey team and initially aspired to become a television weatherman. He spent his junior year as an exchange student at The College of William and Mary, where he was friends with future comic/political commentator Jon Stewart. His interests turned towards politics; he became active in student government and was named most effective student senator.
  • 1964
    Anthony David Weiner was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 4, 1964, as the middle son of his Jewish parents: Mort Weiner, a lawyer, and his wife Frances (née Finkelstein), a public high school math teacher.
    More Details Hide Details The family lived for a time in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.
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