Anthony Weiner is a former American congressman and member of the Democratic Party. He became an active politician in 1999 when he represented New York in Congress between 1999 and 2011. He resigned from active politics in June 2011 after he was exposed for sexting with a minor. By September 2017, the father of one was found guilty by the jury and sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexual–related offenses.
A native of New York, Weiner was a popular figure within the city’s political circles and was expected to have a long fulfilling career, touted in some quarters as a future Senator with chances of making it to the very top, his sexual indiscretions became his biggest undoing.
Early Years and Career in Politics
Born in New York City as Anthony David Weiner on September 4, 1964. He is the second out of three children born to Jewish parents. His father, Mort Weiner is a lawyer, and his mother, Frances (née Finklestein) is a high school mathematics teacher. Growing up, his family lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He has an elder brother – Seth and a younger brother – Jason. Seth though, died in 2000 when he was run over by a hit-and-run driver, at the age of 39. His younger brother, Jason, is a chef and co-owns numerous restaurants in New York.
Anthony Weiner had his basic education at P.S 39 The Henry Bristow School in Park Slope. He took the Specialized High School Admission Test, an examination used to determine high school admissions in New York. He proceeded to Brooklyn Technical High School and finished in 1981 before proceeding to enroll in the University of New York, Plattsburgh. He graduated in 1985 with a B.A in Political Science.
While in the university, Anthony began his journey as a politician. He became very popular as a student politician and activist even rising to the position of becoming a student senator. He made a serious impact to the extent that he was named the Most Effective Student Senator. After his graduation, he joined the team of workers for Senator Charles Schumer – the then member of the US House of Representatives in Washington DC. He was with him for three years, before he was transferred to Brooklyn in 1988. It was while in his hometown, Brooklyn that he began his actual journey in politicking at the grassroots level.
First Sexting Scandal Led To His Resignation From Congress
The sexting scandal that finally engulfed Anthony Weiner’s career began on the 27th of May 2011 when he sent a photo of his erect penis concealed by boxer briefs to a 21-year-old female college student. After the news broke, Weiner repeatedly denied been involved. After increased scrutiny and heightened media coverage, he later confessed to exchanging messages and explicit photos with about six women over the last three years. In the following days, several big wigs within the Republican and Democratic party called for his resignation from office.
Some of the prominent colleagues and fellow members who called for his resignation included House Democrats who called for him to resign on June 8 included Representatives Allyson Schwartz, Mike Ross, Mike Michaud, Niki Tsongas, Larry Kissell, and Joe Donnelly. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi later joined the clamor for his resignation. He bowed to the mounting pressure and resigned from Congress on June 21, 2011.
Another Sexting Scandal Involving A 22-year-old Mum Led To His Capitulation In The Race To Become New York Mayor
Two years later, after Weiner returned to politics and was set to contest in the New York City mayoral race, another scandal of the same nature broke out when On July 23, 2013, more pictures and accusations around sexting were released by the website, The Dirty. It turns out Weiner sent explicit photos to a 22-year-old woman whom he met in April 2013.
In a bid to salvage his dwindling chances at the pools, on July 25, the New York Daily News reported that Weiner finally admitted to sexting with three women in the months after his resignation from Congress. Contrary to many insinuations that he had been involved in the same way with multiple women, Wiener said he was only involved with six to ten women in total as opposed to other outrageous numbers bandied around. Days later, key members of his campaign team resigned including his campaign manager -Danny Kedem. The scandal played a major role in his comprehensive loss in the race of New York mayor. He finished in fifth place with 4.9% of the total votes cast.
Three years later, he was embroiled in yet another scandal – similar to the ones in the past. On August 28, 2016, newspapers reported that Weiner had sexted another woman. In the aftermath of these revelations, Weiner, who at this point, was a contributor to cable news channel NY1, was placed on indefinite leave.
Weiner Was Eventually Convicted For Sexting A Minor
The case that finally nailed Anthony Weiner happened in September 2016. Still keeping to his old habits of sexting, he went a bridge too far when it was revealed by the Daily Mail that he had been sexting with a 15-year-old girl. Criminal investigations were opened and he was charged with transferring obscene material to a minor. After a plea bargain, he was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison, with three years of supervised release. He has since served 18 months sentence (he was) and was released in May 2019 but he is now registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Impact of the Scandal on Anthony Weiner’s Marriage to Huma Abedin
Anthony Weiner, who is a practicing Jew, got engaged to Huma Abedin, a long-time Assistant to Hillary Clinton, in May 2009. The pair got wedded sometime in July 2010 with the then US President Bill Clinton officiating the wedding. A year later, their marriage produced a baby boy, Jordan Zain Weiner. Jordan was born exactly six months after his father has resigned as a congressman. Huma Abedin has been a long-standing aide of Hillary Clinton who was the Democratic Presidential Candidate in the 2016 US elections. She has had a robust relationship with Hillary even while Hillary served as the chief of staff for President Barack Obama.
On August 29, 2016, his wife Huma, reportedly announced her intentions to separate from him. Although, the New York Times later reported that the duo is trying to make their marriage work again, as the decision to separate was largely influenced by Hillary Clinton, who said that the numerous scandals were affecting her campaign.
On September 25th, 2017, after Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty to sending an obscene image to a minor, Abedin filed for a divorce while requesting for the sole custody of their son.