Weiner still won't quit as explicit pictures emerge online
WOULD-be New York mayor Anthony Weiner said he'd traded racy messages with as many as three women since similar sexting forced him out of Congress – and a new poll said the fresh scandal was hurting his comeback attempt and campaign for New York City mayor.
The Democrat, whose wife was a longtime aide for former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also said he thought he'd had sexually charged exchanges with six to 10 women while serving in Congress; previously, he had said there were about six before he resigned in 2011.
The scandal got steamier yesterday when gossip website 'The Dirty', which first reported the new correspondence this week, posted a clear shot of what it claimed is Weiner's penis saying that Weiner sent the image to a woman last year.
Weiner had been competitive in most polls until 'The Dirty' posted explicit messages that a young woman said she and Weiner began exchanges in July 2012.
Weiner said he was still "working with people" to get help dealing with his penchant for X-rated online flirting, but he disputed any suggestion that it was an addiction.
A new poll found 55pc of Democrats now have an unfavourable impression of Weiner, while Democrat voters are roughly evenly split on whether he should drop out of the race.
But at least one former congressional colleague, Jerrold Nadler, has said Weiner should abandon his campaign and "needs serious psychiatric help".