It seems that New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner can't catch a break these days. Not even when taking a break. Take, for instance, his stepping into a New York bakery for an iced coffee and some cookies. The quick in-and-out was interrupted by another bakery patron calling Weiner a "scumbag," but when the man brought up the disgraced former congressman's wife, the confrontation became a little more heated.
Yahoo News reported Sept. 4 that Weiner was campaigning in the Borough Park district of Brooklyn, which is heavily Jewish. A man wearing a yarmulke began chastising the former congressman as he appeared to be walking away. After calling him a "scumbag" and Weiner making a sarcastic remark about how "charming" the words were, the man took issue with Weiner's marriage.
"And you're married to an Arab," he said, his tone derisive.
(Actually, Anthony Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, is not an Arab. She is the progeny of an Indian Islamic scholar and a Pakistani sociologist. Although a Muslim, Abedin, who works as an aide to Hillary Clinton, is not Arab at all.)
It was then that the mayoral candidate, who has seen his numbers in the polls slipping steadily since further revelations about sexting and inappropriate conversations surfaced, turned to confront the man, who was later identified as Saul Kessler, a local real estate agent, according to CNN.
The exchange was caught on a couple videos. After one video of the confrontation made the rounds, a separate video surfaced which caught Kessler's remark about Weiner's wife.
"You’re my judge? You’re my judge? What rabbi taught you that?” Weiner yelled defensively. “What rabbi taught you that you’re my judge?”
Kessler, who never seemed to stop talking, called Weiner "disgusting" and a "deviant." But to the former congressman's question, he replied: “You’re fine. You talk to God and work out your problems, but stay out of the public eye.”
Kessler would later tell CNN that he shouldn't have referred to Weiner as a scumbag. He said he had been caught up in the "heat of the moment." As for his calling Weiner, who is also Jewish, for his marriage to Abedin, Kessler said that it was part of being a Jew. He saw Weiner's marriage to Abedin as a "betrayal."
"It's just a certain feeling I have as a Jew," the real estate manager said in explanation. "And my attitude is that -- not all Arabs -- but, in general, ... they want to kill every Jew."
Weiner simply wrote the confrontation off later as an "enthusiastic exchange with a voter."
Still, the media-beleaguered mayoral candidate added that people were allowed to talk about him, but "if you're going to say vile things about me and my family, you should expect that I'm going to go back at you."
According to the Quinnipiac poll released Sept. 3, the former congressman is in fourth place in the New York mayoral race with only 7 percent of the vote. The Democratic Primary for the mayoral race is Sept. 10.