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Weiner: Penchant for sexting not addiction

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Anthony Weiner, a New York mayoral candidate, sought on Thursday to dispel suggestions that his repeated sexting represented an addiction.

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By The Associated Press
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 5:30 p.m.

NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner said on Thursday that he'd traded racy messages with as many as three women since similar sexting forced him out of Congress. But as he tried to tamp down questions about his behavior, a poll suggested the disclosures were taking a toll on his mayoral prospects and the House's top Democrat excoriated him.

Weiner said he is still “working with people” to get help dealing with his admiration for X-rated online flirting, but he disputed any suggestion that it's an addiction.

Facing a third day of renewed queries and criticism of his conduct as he continued campaigning, the married Democrat said he supposed he'd had sexually charged exchanges with six to 10 women while serving in Congress; he'd said there were about six.

Weiner, the former congressman who resigned in 2011 after the first batch of sexts surfaced, is running for New York mayor and had been competitive in most polls of the Democratic primary race until the latest furor over his behavior began this week when the gossip website The Dirty posted explicit messages that a woman said she and Weiner sent each other starting in July 2012.

The scandal got seamier on Thursday when The Dirty posted an unredacted crotch shot that it said Weiner sent to a woman last year.

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