NEW YORK—Anthony Weiner, trying to ride out the storm over his sexting scandal, visited a Sandy-ravaged Staten Island neighborhood Friday and was confronted by a retired schoolteacher who scolded him as morally unfit to be mayor.
For a fourth straight day, his efforts to stay on message were overshadowed by the revelations that he conducted steamy cyber-affairs with three women after similar misbehavior forced his resignation from Congress in 2011.
After reporters peppered him with more questions about his online escapades, he was buttonholed by Peg Brunda, the retired city schoolteacher, who lives in the neighborhood and said she had been willing to give him a chance—until this week.
Weiner told Brunda: “I care about these communities. I care about you.”
“Quite honestly, sir,” she replied, “I think you care more about your ego than you do anything else. Had I conducted myself in the manner in which you conducted yourself, my job would have been gone,” said Brunda, 59, who spent 21 years as a teacher and nine years as an administrator in the city schools.