Minn.’s Ellison tempers take on NYC’s Weiner

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Amid new sexting revelations involving New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison is offering a measured assessment of the former congressional colleague he had endorsed.

Ellison said Wednesday that it is up to New York voters to decide if Weiner is qualified to be mayor. That’s less of a ringing endorsement than in April when Ellison said he would love to see Weiner as mayor of the nation’s largest city after dealing with sordid personal issues.

Weiner admitted Tuesday that he exchanged sexually explicit messages with a woman even after similar behavior destroyed his congressional career two years ago.

An aide to Ellison says the Democratic congressman hasn’t had any role in Weiner’s campaign beyond his verbal expression of support during the spring Current TV interview.

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