New York City mayoral candidate, and former U.S. Representative, Anthony Weiner has become embroiled once again in controversy as his prospects for winning the coming election continue to slide. He was visiting a local bakery to drum up support when he was confronted by a voter who media have identified as Jewish.
Weiner, who is widely known for resigning from Congress over his admissions of sexting and exchanging photographs of himself in the nude, is shown in a video in a loud shouting match with a voter on September 4 who reportedly called the politician a "scumbag." The voter also reportedly called the former congressman "disgusting" in the popular Brooklyn bakery.
In the video, Weiner can be seen can be heard getting into a rudimentary argument about theology with the yarmulke-clad man who has been identified as Saul Kessler, a real estate manager. "What rabbi taught you that you're my judge," Weiner can be heard saying on a video captured by blogger Jacob Kornbluh on NYCelects.com.
The exchange between Kessler and the angry Weiner occurred hours before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year that began at sundown on September 4. To usher in the Rosh Hashanah, Jews gather together to wish for a sweet new year by indulging in honey-tinged bread and cakes.
Later, Weiner explained himself on Twitter. He wrote that he was defending himself against a "heckler" and said "that's what mayors have to do sometimes."
Weiner later posted a video, the man confronting him can be heard saying Weiner had "married to an Arab," an apparent reference to the candidate's wife, Huma Abedin, a Muslim who was once an aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Weiner told reporters and spectators at the bakery, "I don't back down."
Weiner currently has 7% support in the Democratic primary for mayor, according to the latest Quinnipiac Poll, and is trails New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who has 43%. The primary is next Tuesday, Sept. 10.