King: ‘Pathological problem’ should bar Weiner from becoming mayor

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NEW YORK, NY — Anthony Weiner’s proclivity for sending sexually charged online messages is a “pathological problem” that should prevent him from assuming the role of New York City mayor, Rep. Peter King said Sunday.

A Republican representing parts of Long Island, New York, King said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Weiner was “not psychologically qualified to be mayor of the city of New York.”

King’s comments came days after Weiner admitted to sending lewd chats and photographs to women online last year. He resigned from Congress two years ago for similar actions.

Despite calls from some of his rivals to step out of the race, Weiner has not withdrawn. His campaign has seen a hit, however – the NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Thursday showed him dropping to second among the Democratic candidates for mayor, and his favorable rating took a nose dive.

Previously, Weiner was leading in some polls, which King attributed Sunday to a “perverse celebrity factor” in the race.

“I just can’t see any way, even if this latest scandal would not have come out, that Anthony Weiner could have won,” King told chief political correspondent Candy Crowley.

Listing past New York mayors such as Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani and the current one, Michael Bloomberg, King said it was impossible to imagine Weiner joining their ranks.

“I think he should do himself and everybody a favor and step to the sidelines,” he said.

By Kevin Liptak

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