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TODAY   |  July 25, 2013

Anthony Weiner booed at hearing

Amid calls for Anthony Weiner to drop out of the New York City mayoral race, the former disgraced Congressman issued an open letter to voters reading, “I will not quit you.” NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

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>>> former congressman anthony weiner caught in another sexting scandal amid calls to end his new york campaign. kelly o'donnell has been covering this story.

>> reporter: part of the response playbook is say you want to talk about issues and reach out directly to voters. anthony weiner is trying that amid calls for him to step aside and open mockery. he wrote an open letter to voters saying, "i will not quit you." anthony weiner was met with a mix of boos and jeers at a public housing hearing wednesday night. he has been made the target of jokes. he even made fun of himself when a moderator asked all the democratic candidates for new york city mayor to name their favorite social media .

>> facebook or twitter?

>> all i can say is, delgado, don't ask me.

>> reporter: but no laughs earlier outside his apartment where weiner offered up a nothing to see here strategy.

>> at the end of the day , citizens are more interested in the challenge they face in their lives than anything that i have done embarrassing in my past.

>> reporter: but past is relative. voters now know that weiner continued his explicit sexting with women online, long after he sought public forgiveness and resigned from congress in 2011 . he does not dispute reports that he used the online name carlos danger. now weiner 's democratic opponents are getting more attention.

>> it's necessary for him to step aside for the good of everyone in this city.

>> this is a serious job, and it needs a serious person.

>> reporter: weiner 's best character witness.

>> i love him. i have forgiven him.

>> reporter: wife huma abedin is featured in another glossy profile, where she had already told "harper's bazaar" magazine that her husband is "a better man" after seeking forgiveness, and she admits the strain, even more descriptive now. "putting yourself out there comes with a cost." huma was not with her husband publicly at wednesday's campaign event. that magazine article is the upcoming september issue, where huma also talks about how she had not expected to become such a public person herself. of course, by supporting this campaign, she must have at some time believed she could be the next first lady