A 23-year-old woman from Illinois who says she worked as a field organizer on President Obama‘s 2012 re-election campaign was involved with Anthony Weiner in an online sex affair, according to a report at the liberal blog BuzzFeed.
Sydney Elaine Leathers has protected her Twitter account and shut down her blog in the wake of revelations Tuesday that Weiner continued his “sexting” activities more than a year after he resigned from Congress following a 2011 scandal. A search of online records indicated that Ms. Leathers is from the southern Illinois town of Mt. Carmel, near the Indiana border. In 2011, she created a Change.org petition denouncing Sarah Palin for “inciting violence.”
TheDirty.com, which first revealed the new scandal, had referred to the woman only as “Anonymous,” and said she had “lawyered up” because of fear of reprisal from Weiner or his supporters.
Ms. Leathers described herself in an earlier profile as “Field Organizer for Obama for America/Student/Political News Junkie/Progressive Stuck in a Conservative Hell.”
At a press conference Tuesday to address the new scandal, Weiner vowed to stay in the race for mayor of New York. “I hope [voters] are willing to still continue to give me a second chance, ” said the 48-year-old married Democrat.