EX-Congressman and former inmate Anthony Weiner will host a weekly radio show with Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, WABC-AM radio reported.
Weiner, a Democrat, and Sliwa, a Republican, will host a show called The left against the right Saturday at 2 p.m., a station spokesperson said in a press release. The station is owned by Republican donor John Catsimatidis.
Both Weiner and Sliwa failed to run for mayor of New York. Sliwa lost its run last year to current mayor Eric Adams by a 2-1 margin.
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Weiner represented a New York congressional district for just over a decade. He quit in 2011 after lewd photos he had sent to several women surfaced online. His 2013 political comeback bid in the New York mayoral race foundered when it became known that Weiner was still sending explicit photos under the pseudonym Carlos Danger.
In 2017, Weiner pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to a teenager and was sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison. He must now register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
During the investigation into the images he sent to a 15-year-old, Weiner was also linked to the scandal surrounding then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. . Then the FBI uncovered emails between his then-wife, Huma Abedin, a Clinton aide, and the candidate on his laptop – revealed days before the 2016 election.
Sliwa told the New York Post he thinks Weiner deserves another chance.
“I think by being on the radio he can become a role model for other people who have had major issues in their lives,” Sliwa said.
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Sliwa became a prominent figure in New York in the 1980s as the leader of the Guardian Angels patrolling the subways. According to Associated press, he later admitted that his crime squad had faked some of their rescues for publicity. He is known as a talk radio and for his red beret, as well as keeping over a dozen cats in his apartment.