NYC Voter Tells Mayoral Candidate Anthony Weiner That She Won't Vote For "The Dyke"
An elderly voter approached by front-running NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner told the politician that she will not be voting for Christine Quinn, Weiner's openly-gay competition for the seat. Except that the voter could not remember Quinn's name and instead referred to her as "the dyke."
The slur was nearly as shocking as Weiner's delayed response to it, which, according to reports, didn't arrive until those surrounding the two became physically uncomfortable by the remark.
“You a registered Democrat?” he asked an elderly woman wheeling a shopping cart by him. “I am,” she said. “And I’m not voting for uh, what’s her name? The dyke.”
“Okay. I just need you to sign the petition to get me on the ballot,” said Weiner, who then noticed the incredulous reaction of a reporter and added, “and you really shouldn’t talk that way about people.” “Oh, I’m sorry,” the woman said. “It’s okay,” Weiner responded. “It’s not your fault.”
Victory Fund's Chuck Wolfe is unsurprisingly unamused with Weiner's handling of the situation.
"No, Anthony, it’s not okay. If he can’t stand up to these repugnant views as a candidate, he certainly won’t do it as mayor," says Wolfe. "LGBT New Yorkers should demand that Weiner categorically reject these views no matter what audience he’s in front of, especially when people use slurs to refer to the only openly gay candidate in the race.”
What do you think about how Weiner handled the situation?