Catalina Camia, 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 an Orthodox Jewish voter.
During a 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.
"What 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 on NYCelects.com.
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.
After 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."
In the video he posted on his campaign website, Weiner could be heard saying to people who overheard the exchange on the sidewalk that Kessler has "every right" to voice his opinion. The candidate responded, "when I do, I don't back down" to a question that couldn't be heard.
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.
Weiner has 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.