Weiner presses ahead amid calls to quit NYC race

NEW YORK (AP) - July 24, 2013

The ex-congressman told reporters Wednesday that he posited his campaign on a bet that citizens are more interested in the challenges they face than in anything embarrassing he's done in his past.

Some rivals and newspapers are pressing the Democrat to bow out a day after he acknowledged he kept sexting even after it cost him his congressional career two years ago. But he's preparing to testify at a public housing hearing and participate in a candidate forum Wednesday.

The gossip website The Dirty this week posted X-rated messages and a photo it said the married politician exchanged with a woman last year.

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