Meet the Press   |  July 28, 2013

MTP panel: Weiner 'wasting time and space'

A Meet the Press roundtable examines the political sex scandal surrounding Anthony Weiner in his campaign and the possibility of winning his current campaign.

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>>> get right to it. you can't make it up. this is the cover of "the new yorker." it is anthony weiner sit eight stride the empire state building the picture tells a thousand words about his scandal. he is talking about these sexting relationships that he had. he was asked about it while campaigning earlier this week on coney island . this is what he said.

>> it's not dozens and dozens. it is -- it is six to ten, i suppose, but i can't tell you absolutely what someone else is going to consider inappropriate or not.

>> and what is so inappropriate, david axelrod , is so much of what's in the new york tabloids we can't even discuss this morning because it's simply not appropriate for our air. bottom line is can he stay in this race?

>> well, first of all, let me just say it's a matter of disclaim they're my old firm, the firm i sold, is representing one of the other candidates. i'm not involved in that. and i haven't really commented on this because huma is a friend of mine, his wife, and i deeply respect her. but at this point it's absurd. he is not going to be the next mayor of new york . he is wasting time and space. you asked at the beginning -- you know, americans believe second chances but not third chances. and you asked at the beginning when will voters say enough. i remember an old song from the 1970s that i loved called "how can i miss you when you won't go away?" i think they think it's time for him to go away, let new york have its mayor's race.

>> maria bartiromo , speaking of huma abedin , his wife, she was quite out front. on tuesday at this press conference saying that she stands by him. this is what she said.

>> anthony's made some horrible mistakes both before he resigned from congress and after. but i do very strongly believe that that is between us and our marriage.

>> maureen dowd in "the new york times" this morning writes the following -- "bill and hillary clinton transformed the way we look at sex scandals . they plowed through the ridicule, refused to slink away in shame like gary hart , said it was old news and argued if hillary didn't object why should voters. now defining deviancy downwards, senor and senora danger are using the clinton playbook. the difference is there's nothing in weiner 's public life that is redeeming." a lot of people i talk to wonder out loud what has she been doing this week marx rhea.

>> i think she's got to stand by him, but i wonder if she's actually talking to him when they get home. i feel bad for him. i do. from an economic standpoint, the people of new york want to see a leader who will protect jobs. when you're looking at new york , you're talking about roughly 3.3 million jobs. they want to make sure those jobs stay in the city and the leader of that city has good judgment in terms of ensuring that the regulatory environment is not too burdensome for companies to come, locate there, and create jobs. i would have to agree with david. i think the people are frustrated. i think mayor bloomberg has done a lot in terms of expanding the number of industries that are locating in new york , rewiring the city for health care , and i thought it was really interesting what his comment was on friday, putting weiner aside, about ellioiot spitzer, basically saying you don't want an attack dog coming and killing probably the most important industry in new york , which is financial services . it feels like that's the tone.

>> the regulatory environment is not getting a lot of play in the perez here.

>> look, what sells -- it's a horrible spectacle. new york is the most important city in the world. the only thing weiner 's qualified to run for is mayor of spectra vision. he didn't have any qualities in congress that made him exceptional. his campaign manager quit today. he won't be mayor of new york . it could move on to spitzer running for city comptroller with his own checkered past, and a pervert mayor in san diego , going off to the playboy mansion .