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ABC: Clintons See Weiner Race as 'Embarrassment'

By Newsmax Wires   |   Monday, 29 Jul 2013 10:36 PM

Bill and Hillary Clinton are among New York Democrats who want Anthony Weiner to drop out of the mayoral race, reports ABC News.

They are increasingly worried the embarrassing news about his continued texting of young women, even after he was oustted from office in 2011, is becoming a liability to others, ABC News reports citing several close Clinton associates.

There is concern in some Democratic circles that Weiner's determination not to go quietly could prove damaging to Hillary Clinton's hopes of succeeding Obama in 2016.

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Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, was one of Clinton's top aides when she was Secretary of State. Abedin has not been seen on the campaign trail since making a somber appearance at a press conference last week to say she was standing by her husband despite the revelation he was pursuing other women online in the months after she gave birth to their son.

Abedin's stance has been compared to that of Hillary Clinton's reaction to husband Bill's well-documented infidelities. But according to Clinton's former White House press secretary, Dee Dee Myers, the couple have little sympathy for Weiner. "They as much as anyone would like to see this go away," Myers said.

Weiner's 2011 resignation from Congress came after he accidentally tweeted a picture of himself in his underwear to all his followers rather than the young woman he was then courting online.

One Clinton associate told ABC News the former first couple is “bristling at the comparisons” between Weiner and Bill Clinton.

The sources say the Clintons are applying pressure through outside contacts but have not spoken to Weiner or his wife, Huma, since the latest scandal broke last week. However, one source told ABC News that Hillary Clinton reached out to Abedin on her 37th birthday Sunday.

Democratic donors were surprised that Abedin was contacting them to raise money for her husband’s campaign with the implication that supporting Weiner was like supporting the Clintons, since Abedin is close to the former First Lady.

Weiner so far has ignored Clinton-related questions on the campaign trail or those about his possible exit from the race.

“I’m going to let the citizens of the city of New York decide who is going to be mayor. I’m not going to ask pundits, I’m not going to ask other politicians. I’m going to let the people decide,” Weiner told reporters. “I don’t take my cues on policy from the Sunday talk shows and the pundits. I never have. I don’t take my cues from the headline writers in the newspapers. I never have.”

Weiner, who admitted last week to conducting a steamy cyber affair a year after similar conduct forced him to resign from Congress, has already been urged to quit by Democrat bigwigs.

The latest survey, carried out by Quinnipiac University's Polling Institute, found 53 percent of registered Democrats want him to quit the race, against 40 percent who say he should continue to campaign.

Weiner was dealt another blow over the weekend when his campaign manager Danny Kedem quit, telling friends that the candidate had not been upfront with him about the nature of the damaging revelations likely to emerge.

David Axelrod, the strategist who guided President Barack Obama to his election victories, has told Weiner he is wasting his time continuing the fight. "Americans believe in second chances, but not third chances," he said.

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