Weiner Won't Say How He Created "Carlos Danger"

PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) leaves after he spoke to the media regarding a lewd photo tweet May 31, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

There are many questions surrounding New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, but one that's gone unanswered is how he came up with the name "Carlos Danger."

In his first live on-air interview since he admitted he sent explicit texts and photos to a woman in the summer of 2012, Weiner was hesitant to explain how he came up with his Spanish-tinged pseudonym.

"It was a joke in my personal life between me and one person," the Democrat told Univision's Satcha Pretto in an interview that aired on the "Despierta América" morning show. "I'm not going to comment [on] anything about the information that that person has chosen to release.

"They can do whatever they want, they can try to harm me however they want," Weiner continued. "I am moving forward talking about the people of the city of New York. If people want to continue to look at my background and make fun of things in my personal life, that's their prerogative."

Weiner's "sexting" alias has mostly served as the butt of jokes, but some have taken it more seriously. Rev. Erick Salgado, a long-shot candidate in the Democratic primary, has called Weiner's name "very insulting to the Spanish community."

Weiner reiterated that he hasn't sent sexually-explicit messages to women for "at least a year or so," but he said that it is possible that more embarrassing information could become public about his interactions with women.

"This has been behind me for some time. Many of the things people read in the newspapers happened a year ago," he said. "So, look, I can't say that things in my past will ever come back to haunt me. I hope it doesn't."

Weiner has taken a tumble in the polls since the latest scandal broke last week, but he's refused to drop out of the race. And even though he wants voters to move past his latest "sexting" episode, very few people are willing to let go of the fact that he lied to the public about it twice.

Weiner doesn't see it that way. He's framing the calls to drop out from both voters and elected officials as a political witch hunt.

"There are people that didn't want me to run, that don't like that I was running and didn't like that I was doing well," Weiner said. "They are the same people calling on me to get out."

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