Speaking of ‘unbelievably small,’ Anthony Weiner’s polling numbers heading into today’s New York City Democratic mayoral race show the controversial candidate with the support of a mere four percent of the nearly 800 polled, according a Quinnipiac University survey conducted Sept. 6 through 8.
The former U.S. congressman was initially the front-runner for the highly coveted seat, garnering the support of 25 percent of those polled as recently as July 15, demonstrating area residents’ capacity to forgive Weiner for the cyber-sexual indiscretions that led him to give up his congressional seat in 2011.
“Sex sells,” reported the New York Daily News after the July polling numbers were released, not anticipating the news and subsequent fallout that would wreak havoc on Weiner’s short-lived triumph.
But, in keeping with the spirit of the old adage “Fool me once..,” city residents quickly lost what support they had left for Weiner after “The Dirty” published a series of text messages admittedly exchanged by the disgraced congressman and his former paramour Sydney Leathers well after Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 for texting sexually explicit images.
So, while Americans may be trending toward second chances for politicians that commit sexual infidelities — cyber or otherwise — New York City residents have no interest in biting into Carlos Danger hot dogs.
Carolyn Bolton is content editor for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @carbolton.
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