Sydney Leathers, Anthony Weiner's 23-year-old sexting partner, said her relationship with New York mayoral candidate played out like a "House of Cards" episode and he is responsible for his own downfall.
Leathers told the TV news magazine "Inside Edition"
in an interview that aired on Thursday that she sent Weiner a Facebook message in 2011 criticizing his behavior after he resigned from Congress for sending sexually explicit messages to women online.
She said Weiner, who is now running to lead America's largest city, replied with a Facebook poke in July 2012, according to Inside Edition. Leathers, a college student who describes herself as a political nerd, started exchanging emails with Weiner and those quickly became more risqué by the former Congressman's initiation, she told Inside Edition.
She told Inside Edition that Weiner described himself as an "argumentative, perpetually horny middle-aged man."
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Leathers told the news magazine that their sexting relationship ended in November, 2012. She said she believed Weiner, who was using the pseudonym "Carlos Danger," was jealous that other men were leaving messages on her Facebook page.
"Me being hit on by other men really upset him," Leathers told Inside Edition. "We were Facebook friends, so he could see if men were commenting on photos of me, or telling me that I was pretty. Really minor things like that really bothered him."
Leathers told Inside Edition her relationship reminded her of the Netflix series "House of Cards," where actor Kevin Spacey plays a politician carrying on an affair with a reporter.
"When I saw 'House of Cards,' I think it gave me a little bit of a panic attack, honestly," Leathers told Inside Edition. She told the TV news magazine she wanted to apologize to Weiner's wife Huma Abedin.
"I just feel very, very sorry for my part and the pain that she obviously feels," Leathers said to Inside Edition.
Weiner continued to fight to keep his mayoral campaign alive after confessing to carrying on an online relationship with Leathers, though not mentioning her by name on Tuesday.
CBS New York
said the latest Marist poll showed Weiner slipping into second place in the mayoral race behind city council speaker Christine Quinn, while 43 percent of Democrats want him to drop out of the race.
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