A mayoral candidate in New York City wants his rival, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, to apologize for using a Latino pseudonym for his covert lewd activities on social media.
Rev. Erick Salgado, a Democrat from Staten Island, said in a video message that Weiner’s decision to use the name “Carlos Danger” in his sexual overtures to at least one woman after he resigned from Congress is an insult to Latinos.
“For Anthony Weiner to hide under a Spanish name to do his bad behavior is very insulting to the Spanish community,” said Salgado, who resigned as the President of Radio Cantico Nuevo, a radio ministry, to run for mayor.
Every time many people do wrong behavior, it’s always a Carlito, a Pedrito, a Miguelito.
- Rev. Erick Salgado, New York City mayoral candidate
“I believe he has to apologize to the Latino community,” he said. “Every time many people do wrong behavior, it’s always a Carlito, a Pedrito, a Miguelito. But behind that name, it was really not a Carlito. It was a ‘Anthony Weiner.’ You have to apologize to the Latino community. It’s an insult.”
At a mayoral candidates' forum Thursday, Salgado said: “And yes, there is a Latino running in this race – and his name is not ‘Carlito Danger.’”
Weiner says he traded racy messages with as many as three women after resigning from Congress in 2011 for similar conduct.
The married Democrat also said Thursday that he's still "working with people" to get help dealing with his penchant for X-rated online flirting. But he disputes any suggestion that it's an addiction.
Weiner says he had bawdy exchanges with six to 10 women while in office, but his campaign later clarified that of that total, Weiner corresponded with three of them after leaving office.
He's continuing his New York City mayoral campaign amid the latest round of disclosures about his behavior.
It got seamier Thursday, when the gossip site The Dirty posted what it says is a lewd photo of Weiner that he sent to a woman last year.
"Is there a limit to the number of times someone can ask forgiveness before it becomes an insult to those within earshot?” Salgado asked in an email to the press earlier this week. “Should Mr. Weiner be elected can we be truly certain that this behavior will not reignite? What kind of example is this setting for our children?”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.