NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City mayoral candidate and disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner told CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer he’s fit – physically and mentally – for office.
Weiner declined however to release his medical records, and said he wouldn’t seek or release some form of certification as to his mental health.
Weiner has spoken repeatedly about the extensive therapy he underwent in the wake of the sexting scandal that prompted his resignation from Congress. The sexting behavior continued after he quit Congress. Weiner says it is now behind him. He said he wouldn’t disclose what – if any – diagnosis emerged from his therapy.
The disclosure of additional sexting chats after he resigned from Congress sent Weiner’s poll numbers plummeting, promptednumerous calls for him to quit, and ultimately led to the resignation of his campaign manager.
“Some people are wondering if you would be willing to release your medical records on the theory that New Yorkers have the right to know whether you’re medically fit to be mayor, whether you have a letter from a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a therapist that would say you’re mentally able to do the job?” Kramer asked Weiner in a one-on-one meeting last Friday.
“My medical records, to the extent that they are, show that I am pretty fit and I am skinnier than I should be but I can handle myself,” Weiner said. “People have plenty of information about things in my background and my personal failings, which are profound. More than any other candidate, I think that would be fair to say.”
“You might be asking me to be the first mayoral candidate in New York City history to prove their mental fitness,” Weiner said. “I don’t know if that question has been asked about other candidates.”
“So you think that that is an unfair question?” Kramer asked.
“You get to decide what questions are fair and unfair,” Weiner replied.
Weiner said that the sexting behavior, even the incidents which took place after he resigned from Congress is a “year or so old, it’s not new anymore and it’s not going on today.”
“The ongoing questions that I seem to hear when you talk to people, they wonder whether – what was the diagnosis when you went to therapy? Were you diagnosed, was there any medical reason?” Kramer asked. Read more...