Anthony Weiner is on the air – with a guardian angel.
Weiner, whose serial sexting scandals upended his promising political career and eventually landed him in jail, will team up with Curtis Sliwa on a weekly two-hour radio show on WABC-AM beginning Saturday, the report said. chain.
Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels and Republican candidate for mayor of New York last year, said the show would tackle the sports, politics and publicly available penis photos that thrust Weiner’s career into the chaos.
“He spoke on the radio – but that was right before he completely imploded,” Sliwa said of Weiner, a Democrat jailed in 2017 after prosecutors found he had been sexually texting suggestive to a 15 year old.
Weiner, 57, said he had a “very New York relationship” with Sliwa: They have long stayed in touch privately, criticizing each other when they disagree. In 2016, they briefly worked together on radio when Sliwa co-host Ron Kuby was on hiatus.
The show airs on WABC-AM’s 2-4 p.m. slot on Saturdays. Sliwa said Friday morning that the show had been in the past 72 hours and compared the concept to CNN’s long-running TV series “Crossfire,” describing it as a classic right-left debate.
Weiner has described himself as “nervous” about the show, noting that he’s rusty as a speaker and doesn’t follow politics as closely as he once did. “I’m kind of a reluctant hype man,” Weiner told the Daily News.
“Curtis is good on the radio. He’s probably missing a taco from a combo, but he’s good at it,” Weiner added. “That’s me that I’m not so sure about.”
A charismatic cat-loving character who once faked crimes to boost Guardian Angels, Sliwa was more upbeat about the new project.
“Two boys from Brooklyn: We pretty much all know the same people, so we know where the bones are buried and who buried them, from every angle,” Sliwa told The News.
“We will not only discuss the politics of the city, which we know as well as anyone – from different angles,” promised Sliwa, 67. “But also his own problems, the resurrection he has to do.”
Weiner noted that the subject would be a “pretty weird elephant to leave in the room”.
Armed with a roaring mouth and an ability to put himself in front of the cameras, Weiner was a rising political star representing Brooklyn in Congress when he posted an explicit image on Twitter in 2011.
The reaction was swift and harsh, and he resigned from New York’s 9th Congressional District seat in the House.
But his political career wasn’t over, and Weiner returned to the arena in 2013 for an ill-fated run for mayor. An early favorite, Weiner saw his chances dwindle when new explicit footage surfaced.
The tabloids made a punching bag of it, but Weiner — who dubbed himself Carlos Danger online — held on to the fight. Bill de Blasio won and went on to serve two terms as mayor.
Weiner ended his circus campaign by overthrowing the press.
In 2017, Weiner pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, forcing her to register as a sex offender and landing her in federal prison.
When he was released from a halfway house in the Bronx in 2019, he said he hoped “to be able to live a life of integrity and service.”
“I’m glad this chapter of my life is behind me,” Weiner said at the time.
Weiner’s Internet activity left a trail of political carnage. His wife, Huma Abedin, was a top aide to Hillary Clinton, who ran against Donald Trump for the White House. Emails accidentally found on Weiner’s laptop during a review of her online sexploits led then-FBI Director James Comey to reopen an investigation into the former first lady who cast a shadow over his bid for the White House in 2016.
Abedin stayed with Weiner through his doomed bid for mayor and his resignation from Congress. The couple eventually separated.
He has made few public comments since his prison sentence. However, he spoke to The New York Times last spring about the Democratic mayoral primary, saying he was surprised at how “relatively unruly” the candidates were.
On Friday, Weiner said he was “really high” on the ultimate winner, Mayor Adams, and ranked the mayor first on his ballot.
“He’s generous with people who don’t have perfect backgrounds,” Weiner said of Adams, who was in a gang as a kid. “I really admire him.”
Sliwa said Weiner — who recently spent 14 months running a company making countertops from cement and beer bottles — deserves a second chance. The show raises eyebrows, but it could also provide inimitable listening.
“We are now in an era where we believe in redemption,” Sliwa said, noting that Weiner initially declined to do a show when the idea was raised a year ago. “Give the guy a chance. The guy is good. He can talk on the radio. He listened to the radio talk. Why not give it a chance?
Weiner said he’s been trying to get involved in the service for the past three years, volunteering at food pantries and working to help other ex-convicts find jobs.
He said he was trying to fulfill the pledge he made when he was released in 2019.
“I lived a much smaller life,” said Weiner, who lives in Manhattan. “Three years ago, I was behind bars. Four years ago, I was in rehab, and my life had exploded, and I had dishonored my wife and failed my constituents. So every day is good compared to that.