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Ellison: New Yorkers will decide whether Weiner is fit to be NYC mayor

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger under 5th District, Minnesota congressional, National campaigns, Democrats Updated: July 24, 2013 - 1:40 PM

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who had endorsed former New York City  congressman Anthony Weiner to be that city's next mayor, said he does not plan on rescinding his endorsement given recent revelations about Weiner's 'sexting.'

"I don't plan on changing anything...I had a minimal role before the revelations and I've got a minimal role now," Ellison, D-MN, said.

Weiner, who is married, had resigned from Congress in 2011 after he tweeted sexual photos of himself and conducted  relationships with women online. This May, he announced he would run for mayor of New York. Then on Tuesday, new allegations surfaced about Weiner's online behavior and he admitted that his electronic indiscretions continued after he left congress.

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison

Back in April, Ellison was asked about Weiner during a television interview. The Minneapolis representative said: "Anthony was a great congressman, in my opinion, and he’s dealt with his issues and everybody has issues. So I’d love to see Anthony Weiner be mayor of New York. I hereby endorse him.”

Ellison said that verbal vote of confidence is just about all he has done for Weiner since then.

"I couldn't possibly participate less than I am now,' he said.

Asked if he now believed that Weiner would be fit to be mayor of New York, Ellison said on Wednesday: "I don't have an opinion I want to share on that. The people of New York, that's their call...they don't need me sticking my nose into it at this point."

Of Weiner, Ellison said:  "I just hope the best for him and his family and hope they can come together and try to heal."

 

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