Anthony Weiner erupts on video after heckler remarks: 'married to an Arab'
Anthony Weiner, left, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the New York City Mayor’s Office, has a heated argument with Shaul Kessler at Weiss Bakery in the Boro Park neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. The altercation was captured on video and is circulating widely over the Internet. (AP / Shimon Gifter)
Published Thursday, September 5, 2013 9:52AM EDT
NEW YORK -- A new video shows the New York City mayoral candidate famous for a sexting scandal getting angry at a heckler who says, "married to an Arab."
The comment by a bakery customer in an Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood was presumably a reference to Anthony Weiner's Muslim wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton.
A two-minute video shows Weiner, surrounded by reporters and campaign supporters, going back inside the bakery after someone yells, "Scumbag!"
The former U.S. congressman turns around and yells at the man, "Yeah? It takes one to know one, jackass."
The man's "married to an Arab" comment can be heard in another video released by the Weiner campaign later Wednesday.
Weiner, who's Jewish, was buying sweet cake at the bakery ahead of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, which began Wednesday at sundown.
Weiner, who quit Congress in 2011 after a sexting scandal that surfaced again this year during his campaign for mayor, later defended his behaviour in the confrontation.
"Just because someone is running for office doesn't mean you have an unabridged right to say whatever vile, nasty thing you want," Weiner told reporters.
Polls show Weiner is a distant fourth among the Democratic candidates seeking to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg.