Touchy, touchy. Despite Team Anthony Weiner's best efforts at political rehabilitation, there's just no way to shore up his sorest scandal spot. As the New York Post reported this week, Weiner had a bit of a snit fit when a local Democratic official boldly slammed his sexting habits with underage girls.
Chris Owens, the Dems' state committee member in northwest Brooklyn, called out the skeezy ex-congressman at a mayoral candidate forum. "I am outraged and disgusted by you," Owens told Weiner. "Both by what you did and by the fact that you have the arrogance to run for mayor. I want to understand how you explain to us how you used a public facility to tweet offensive material to ... minors you did not know, you then lied about it ... and now you come back."
The hubristic horn-dog bared his teeth, got "snippy" and responded by snarling defensively that he's "going to win this election and I'm going to govern this city really well."
Don't get ahead of yourself there, Tweety Boy. If more rank-and-file Democrats join Owens in focusing like a laser on Weiner's underage-girl problem instead of soft-pedaling his "past issues" as "consensual" "online dalliances," Icky-rus will fall again.
Weiner's puff-piece enablers at The New York Times have done their best to downplay the scandal's sordid pedo angle. He's just a luvin' hubby and conscientious dad who came clean about a momentary lapse in social media judgment. And he accepts responsibility, dontcha know? No crime, no foul, right?
Not quite. All the celebutante fashion photo shoots with wife Huma Abedin can't insulate Weiner from the truly trashy truth. Remember: Democratic women on Capitol Hill stood by Weiner and his Twitter tawdriness until a critical moment almost exactly two years ago this week: It was the moment news broke that among the bevy of online groupies he hit on, Weiner had communicated with at least one teenage high school student in Delaware.
Weiner had flirted with the underage girl through Twitter direct messages using a macho line about donning "cape and tights" -- a quip he had also used with an adult woman with whom he had exchanged raunchier sexually explicit messages. Conservative blogger Patrick Frey (patterico.com) first uncovered the evidence. Fox News then broke the news in the mainstream press that Delaware police had visited the girl's home and questioned her about her online communications with Weiner. The 17-year-old said she had met Weiner on a school trip to Washington.