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.
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."
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.
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.