Have we heard enough, directly or indirectly, about Anthony Weiner’s penis? Yes? Enough to last many lifetimes, please stop? Too bad. Because now, as Weiner leads in the polls, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota wants to hear from ladies who have seen and interacted with it, i.e. Weiner’s exes. This important campaign update comes to us via the New York Post, which naturally refers to Weiner upon second reference as “the penis tweeter.” In case we forgot.
In a segment on the Andrea Tantaros Show yesterday, Lhota said New York women who hear about Weiner’s dating past will change their minds about voting the man into the mayor’s office.
“I hope [women] will come to the right conclusion after enough women come out and talk about what it was like to be with him and date him and things like that,” Lhota told Tantaros. “New York women have to decide for themselves if this is someone who has the character to be mayor.”
The implication here, obviously, is that women vote male candidates into office based on who’d make the best boyfriend. (That’s obviously how charm-machine and possessor of overwhelming good looks Rudy Giuliani made it into office twice.) Weiner campaign spokeswoman Barbara Morgan didn’t respond to the open call for exes, telling the Post, “Anthony is too busy talking about the future of the middle class and those struggling to make it to respond to Mr. Lhota’s mud throwing.”
Tantaros was the one who initially turned the interview toward a lady referendum on Weiner, saying that “as a woman” she distrusts him, and calling him “selfish, sick and disrespectful to women.”
“If he’s gonna lie and be disrespectful to his own wife, how do voters in New York City believe he’s somehow going to respect their wishes and not act like some bizarro pervy freak?” she asked.
In other words, New York women: If you don’t want to date any these guys, don’t vote for them for mayor. In other other words: maybe just stay home on election day.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 2, 2013