You can lead a horse to water, but you can't — allegedly — make him stop sexting with women who aren't his wife. Anthony Weiner was implicated in another reported sexting scandal this week. Weiner has not confirmed The New York Post report that he was sexting a woman, including by sending inappropriate photos while his four-year-old son lay asleep next to him. He told the publication that he and the woman “have been friends for some time,” and that “She has asked me not to comment except to say that our conversations were private, often included pictures of her nieces and nephews and my son and were always appropriate." Hours after the report broke, Weiner's wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, announced they were separating.
This is only the most recent incident in which Weiner's sexting habits have come at an enormous cost. He resigned from his position as a congressman representing New York's Ninth District following a similar scandal in 2011, and was badly defeated in a 2013 mayoral run after another such scandal emerged. But what has Weiner been doing since his first sexting scandal way back in 2011?
Before his disastrous New York City mayoral run, Weiner was reportedly doing quite well in consulting. But after his second sexting scandal, the man who found it difficult to hold down jobs in the public eye seems to have had similar difficulty in the private sector.
Weiner had a stint at MWW, a New-Jersey-based public relations firm, between July and September 2015. He was also an occasional contributor to Business Insider in 2014 and 2015. In recent months, he is perhaps best known as the subject of a recently released and much-discussed documentary, Weiner, which follows his mayoral campaign and second sexting scandal.
In a recent interview with New York Times Magazine, Weiner told reporters that he "didn't really have [a job]" aside from a few consulting clients, though he also noted that he's been "called upon to be a pundit" in recent weeks for Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher during the Democratic National Convention. Since the new alleged scandal broke this morning, many outlets which have worked with Weiner in the past have suspended or terminated their relationships. NY1 reportedly placed Weiner, who was occasionally a contributor to the station, on indefinite leave, and The New York Daily News has said that it will no longer run his columns. Weiner's lax schedule is a stark contrast with his wife's busy one. She is currently the vice-chair of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
Occasional consulting and pundit work aside, it seems like the newly separated Weiner will have a lot of free time to think about what he's done.