Weinergate Part 2 Sparks Twitter Frenzy


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By Becky Hogan

Scandal spreads fast on Twitter and Anthony Weiner is no exception–even if it is the second time around.

Twitter had a field day yesterday after New York City Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted that he continued to have inappropriate relationships with women online even after he resigned from Congress in 2011, posting under the alias “Carlos Danger.”

After another round of lewd messages were published by the gossip website, The Dirty, Weiner was the number one trending topic on Twitter—he also gained 1,411 followers since the news broke.

But it wasn’t just Anthony Weiner that was trending on Twitter, his wife Huma Abedin has also been trending on the micro-blogging site ever since she defended him publicly in a press conference yesterday afternoon following the news.

We took a look at Anthony Weiner’s TrendPo rank—based on his news and social buzz—during his campaign.

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Weiner saw a spike in the rankings when he first announced he’d be running and again when Eliot Spitzer announced his bid for NYC controller (comparisons are often drawn between the two as they both seek a return to politics after being shamed by sex scandals).

Interestingly, since Abedin appeared on the campaign trail Weiner has been able to maintain a higher ranking.

Will the fact that Abedin has stood by Weiner be enough to convince NYC voters that they should give him another chance too?

What’s different about Weiner’s scandal than others like Eliot Spitzer and Mark Sanford is that Weiner’s indiscretions took place online—meaning that this sexting scandal lives on in cyberspace for all to see.

However a recent poll of Democratic Primary voters shows both Weiner and Spitzer ahead in their races.

We compared their social media presences to their top opponents.  While Spitzer seems to have stayed away from social media during his campaign, Weiner has built up large followings on both sites.

Weiner has seen far more gains on Facebook than on Twitter, and is well ahead of his top rival City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

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Both state and national media have been captivated by the sexting scandal too. There were more articles about Weiner when Eliot Spitzer decided to make a run for controller than when Abedin appeared on the campaign trail with Weiner.  Now the tables have turned and many media outlets are asking if new developments in the Weiner scandal will hurt Spitzer’s run.

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The New York Times, the New York Daily News, and three other candidates running for mayor — Bill de Blasio, John Catsimatidis and Sal Alabense — called for Weiner to leave the race.

As pressure mounts on Weiner to leave the race, will Abedin be enough to convince voters that her husband can run the Big Apple?

Check back here to see how Weiner and other scandalous politicians are creating buzz!

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