Anthony Weiner co-hosts new radio show with former NYC mayor hopeful
February 12 (UPI) — Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, once considered a rising Democratic star, co-hosts a new politics radio show with Curtis Sliwa, the Republican candidate who lost New York’s 2021 mayoral election .
The radio show is an unexpected comeback in the public eye for Weiner, 57, who has avoided publicity since being ordered to register as a sex offender on his release from prison after being convicted of sending obscene messages and images to a 15-year-old girl in 2017.
The show, titled The left against the right, broadcast on WABC-AM and aired its inaugural episode on Saturday. Weiner addressed his many scandals during the episode.
“They say in the 12-step programs that people have different bottoms. People have a close call and that’s it, they run and get help,” Weiner said.
“My buttocks were particularly hard. I lost my seat in the US Congress. I tried to come back, and I had more problems. I had the opportunity to be the next mayor, my lifelong dream.
Weiner, who lived in a halfway house in Brooklyn after his release from a federal prison in Massachusetts, criticized the halfway house system during the episode.
“Even Huma [Abedin] probably would have let me sleep on the couch in a pinch,” he said.
Weiner is currently going through a divorce from Abedin, with whom he has one child. Abedin also has ties to politics as a longtime personal aide to Hillary Clinton.
Sliwa, a lifelong radio host, first rose to popularity in the 1980s after founding the Guardian Angels – a group that would patrol the streets of the Big Apple in an effort to prevent crime and help others.
He lost the general election in the mayoral race to Eric Adams, a Democrat, who had served as an NYPD officer and then Brooklyn borough president.
“If you hadn’t had your personal flaws, there is no doubt in my mind and in the minds of others that you would have been the mayor of New York City,” Sliwa, 67, said during the episode.
“Everyone agrees, you would have beat [Michael] Bloomberg who wanted to run for a third term. All the polls have indicated that. You then crashed and burned several times. You resurrected, crushed and burned – resurrected, crushed and burned.”