NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner said he is “one hundred percent not” having any type of online relationship right now and insisted again that his days of sexting are well behind him.
The Democratic mayoral hopeful told NBC New York that he has not sent lewd messages or pictures to women he met online for about a year and said he wants to move on and talk about other subjects.
"I just think at a certain point, OK, I think people know these embarrassing things about me,” Weiner said. “I think at a certain point now we have to have a conversation that goes to, alright, what else should people know?"
The interview was Weiner's latest as he struggles to regain momentum in his bid succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, ahead of the Sept. 10 primary. The former lawmaker’s poll numbers have plummeted in recent days after admitting that he continued to send sexual messages to at least three women he met online after a sexting scandal forced him out of Congress in 2011.
Weiner said Friday he had kept no records of the messages he sent women, telling NBC New York that he “deleted everything.” And he said he had felt guilty while engaging in those relationships.
"I didn't like when I was doing it, it was wrong to do, it was wrong to my wife, wrong period," Weiner said, referring to his wife, longtime Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin.
Yet, as he has in recent weeks, Weiner acknowledged that other women could come forward with lurid details of online exchanges — though he said he hoped that wouldn’t happen.
“I certainly don't like talking about this stuff," Weiner told NBC.
The ex-lawmaker dismissed reports that Clinton, the former secretary of state and likely 2016 Democratic presidential contender, is angry with him. He said he had not spoken to any of the Clintons recently.
“I have no reason to believe she's annoyed," Weiner said.