On Tuesday, New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted to sending explicit photos and text messages to a woman even after he resigned from Congress in June 2011 following similar behavior. The woman Weiner was messaging says their relationship lasted well into summer of 2012. After the news broke, Weiner held a press conference in which he reminded people about his warning that additional messages might come out, but that “this behavior is entirely behind me.”
According to recent polls, the NYC voters were convinced that behavior was behind him, too. But after today, it’s unlikely they’ll ever believe that again. By Tuesday afternoon, “Carlos Danger,” Weiner’s chosen alias during his explicit chats with this woman (known for now as “Anonymous”), was trending highly on Twitter, and the jokes were writing themselves.
“Amanda Bynes arrested on a ‘5150’ for setting fire to a woman’s driveway. I hate to say it, but this is a job for CARLOS DANGER!” tweeted comedian Patton Oswalt. “Carlos Danger is now running for Mayor,” wrote Paul Szoldra at Business Insider. No doubt the writers for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the headline editors of The New York Post are both expressing their quiet thanks to Weiner for handing them at least a week’s worth of easy joke fodder, which will make it nearly impossible for voters to distance Weiner from his sexting alter ego.
In Tuesday’s press conference, Weiner said he hopes the people of New York will give him a second chance. “I hope they realize that in many ways, what happened today was something that frankly happened before, but doesn’t represent all that much that is new.”
From a branding standpoint, if a sexting scandal couldn’t kill Weiner’s credibility, surely Carlos Danger will.