Anthony Weiner’s clownish acts make it too difficult for us to accept him as a serious politician. Not only has his run for New York City mayor stalled because of sexting revelations (again!), but we’re now discovering Weiner paid a private eye nearly $45,000 to investigate the fake Twitter “hack” that led to his downfall in 2011, reports Mashable.
Two years ago, the very-married politician accidentally tweeted a photo of his genitals to a woman who is not his wife, with his bulge appearing on his very-public timeline to 40,000 followers and in just about every tabloid in the country. In a hurried attempt to save his seat in Congress, Weiner promised he would begin an investigation to find the culprit behind this horrendous incident.
Using $43,100 from campaign funds, Weiner, who was a congressman at the time, hired a private investigator from T&M services. He also shelled out $93,350 to BakerHostetler, a law firm, for services between 2010 and 2012. He also asked the firm to look into the “hack,” but it’s unclear how much of that total amount went into the investigation.
The cash was pulled from his “Friends of Weiner” campaign which was funded by donor contributions. The committee is being fined by the Federal Election Commission for “failing to refund nearly $70,000” after his resignation from the House after the sexting scandal, LegalInsurrection.com reports.
“It’s wrong on just so many levels,” said Melanie Sloan, director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “He’s wasting people’s hard-earned dollars on a wild goose chase… He knew all along who did it.”
Last week, it was revealed that Weiner had continued sexting after he’d copped to the tweets and resigned from Congress. His campaign manager has resigned over the continued “sexual dalliances” but Weiner has chosen to stay in the race.
“He was trying to get redemption by election. That’s election with an ‘L’ not ‘R,’” Ann Navarro, a CNN analyist told Don Lemon. “[But] this man is not going to get elected. New York voters are not that crazy.”
According to polls, the mayoral candidatenow trails Christine Quinn, 25 percent to 16 percent, for the Democratic Party, the LA Times says.