Weiner's Chat Partner: I Hope He Doesn't Win

Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 10:25 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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A young woman at the center of the latest Anthony Weiner scandal claimed that he not only sent her lewd messages, but he made her promises that he didn't keep.

And she hopes he loses the race for New York mayor.

Nik Richie, who owns the gossip website TheDirty.com, which first published graphic accounts of Weiner's alleged online indiscretions from last summer, on Tuesday connected Politico with the woman.

She wouldn't identify herself to Politico, but other publications, such as The New York Daily News and The Daily Mail in London,  have identified her as Indiana resident Sydney Leathers.

The Daily Mail reports Leathers is a blogger for the Indiana Progressive Liberals and was a field representative during President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. Richie said the woman plans to officially come out to the public soon.

The woman interviewed told Politico that she's disappointed in Weiner's activity, and that he hasn't changed.

"I mean, more than anything I hope he doesn’t win, because it’s so inauthentic to go around saying he’s a changed man, that he learned his lesson,” she said.

"Obviously that's not true or he wouldn't be talking to me last year, especially the way he talked to me,” she said.

Weiner told a Tuesday news conference that "while some things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong."

The woman told Politico her conversations with Weiner began last summer, when she was 22.

She said she and Weiner began chatting on Facebook after he sent her a "poke." However, she said, she'd first messaged Weiner in 2011, after he resigned from Congress in the wake of his first sexting scandal.

"I had messaged him, he poked me, we started talking a lot, became Facebook friends, and started talking on other, more private channels," she said. "It quickly got sexual, obviously. Which is strange. I was disappointed in him [in 2011]. I thought he was a better man."

She told Politico that they started to communicate in other ways as well, including on the social-networking site Formspring, and that he sometimes used the name "Carlos Danger."

The woman said they often engaged in phone sex, and she had no doubt she was talking to the former congressman.

"I'm the nerdy type who watched C-SPAN," she said. "I know that man's voice."

She told Politico that Weiner promised her a condo in Chicago, and said he'd put in a good word for a blogging job with Politico.

Their flirtation started dying off when he got jealous of others commenting on her Facebook wall, she claimed.

"He once described himself to me as an argumentative, perpetually horny middle-aged man, and that's completely correct," she said.

They gradually stopped talking, but, she said, he got back in touch with her in April after The New York Times published a profile on him, asking what she thought about it.

On Tuesday, Weiner pointed out that he had previously said other texts and photos were likely to come out.

"These things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress," he said. He apologized to any other women he may have corresponded with.


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