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Axelrod: Weiner won’t hurt Hillary

David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Obama, on Tuesday said the “sexting” scandal surrounding former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) would not hurt Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president in 2016.

“I think that three years from now this will be ... a pimple on the ass of progress” for Hillary Clinton, Axerod said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He joked that the off-color phrase was one of his favorite expressions. 

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Weiner, who is seeking to revive his political career with a bid for New York City mayor, admitted last week that he continued to send lewd messages to women online, long after he resigned from Congress in 2011 over similar behavior. 

A number of reports in recent days have also suggested that close Clinton advisers are worried the scandal could tarnish her, considering her ties with Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin.

Abedin, a close adviser and personal friend to Clinton, is standing by her husband despite the new revelations.

“I feel terrible for Huma, who I think is a spectacular person. I know her very, very well. I don’t fault her,” Axelrod said.

Weiner has plummeted in the polls since then, and a number of Democrats have urged him to withdraw from the race.

Axerod has not hidden his disdain for Weiner since the scandal reemerged. On Sunday, he said Weiner was “delusional” if he thought he could still win the mayoral race in New York City and called on him to drop out. 

Axelrod kept up his pressure Wednesday, calling Weiner a “super narcissist.”

“He is grooving on this, man,” he said. “He is the center of attention. Anybody who sends their private parts across the Internet is someone who really, really craves attention. In certain ways this is his dream come true. He is the center of attention. I think the best thing we can do is never mention his name again.”

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