I'd more or less assumed we'd heard the last of the controversy that forced New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner (D) from Congress in 2011. Folks had reached their own conclusions, formed their own opinions, and would judge Weiner accordingly.
What was unexpected was another sexting controversy, which Weiner acknowledged today.
Hours after a gossip website published raunchy texts and explicit photos it said were from 2012, Weiner held an extraordinary press conference -- accompanied by his wife Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton -- to apologize and ask voters for a second chance."Some of these things happened before my resignation. Some of them happened after," Weiner said without providing any specifics. And in her first public remarks on the scandal, a clearly nervous Abedin said it took "a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy" to put her marriage back together.
Of particular interest was this line from Weiner: "I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have."
Yes, but it's the timeline of events that's difficult to get around. Weiner was caught in a sexting controversy, which he initially lied about, then acknowledged before resigning. But as we learned today, Weiner initiated another sexting relationship months after his other sexting relationships derailed his career.
In other words, when Weiner declared, "I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out," I suspect most folks thought this was in reference to incidents from before his 2011 resignation, not incidents from 2012, when he was believed to be putting his personal life back together.
That he used the cringe-worthy "Carlos Danger" pseudonym only adds insult to injury.
There are 49 days remaining before the Democratic primary in the mayoral race. Weiner insisted this afternoon that he's staying in the race.