Anthony Weiner says that the name he chose for his illicit online exchanges with at least one woman stemmed from an inside joke between them.
Weiner explained in an interview with the Spanish-language television station Univision that the name, “Carlos Danger,” arose from an inside joke between him and his sexting partner, a woman named Sydney Leathers from Indiana.
“It was a joke in my personal life between me and one person,” said Weiner, who is a New York City mayoral candidate. “I’m not going to comment on anything about the information that that person has chosen to release. They can do whatever they want, try to harm me in any way that they want. I’m moving forward.”
Leathers went public recently with transcripts of her online exchanges with Weiner after she learned that he was running for mayor. She said she had fallen in love with Weiner, who stressed that he had left his online dalliances behind him after attending therapy with his wife and resigning from Congress in 2011.
But Leathers' revelations proved otherwise -- that Weiner continued to have sexual exchanges with women online and over the telephone as recently as late 2012.
At least one of Weiner's mayoral rivals, Rev. Erick Salgado, took umbrage over the name "Carlos Danger."
Salgado said it was an insult to the Latino community and demanded that Weiner apologize.
The New York City mayoral hopeful plunged to fourth place among Democrats in a poll taken since he admitted to having illicit online exchanges with women even after he resigned from Congress amid a sexting scandal.
The poll released earlier this week also showed about half of likely Democratic voters saying Weiner should abandon his mayoral bid.
Weiner's support fell from 26 percent last week to 16 percent in Monday's Quinnipiac University poll. Last week's survey was taken largely before Weiner's latest scandal was revealed.
"He's in a free-fall," said poll director Maurice Carroll. "He can't win. He simply can't win."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.