INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — There's an Indiana angle to the new scandal surrounding New York politician Anthony Weiner.
The woman who received lewd messages from Weiner is from here, or at least she used to be from here. Sydney Elaine Leathers is her name.
She's apparently in hiding but an old Facebook page says she worked in Evansville for Organizing for America, the political organization that promoted the President's agenda.
You can now find photos of Sydney Elaine Leathers on a number of websites. You can also find her writings, including a blog posting that identified Anthony Weiner as one of her heroes, and another that said he didn't need to resign from Congress during a previous scandal in 2011.
She and Weiner reportedly began messaging each other after she sent him a supportive email. Now Weiner is battling to stay in the race for Mayor of New York with major newspapers calling for him to quit the campaign.
"I know there are people who may well never conceive of voting for me because of the things that are in my past," Weiner told reporters Wednesday. "I get that, and even for those people I want them to hear about my ideas."
Those ideas are currently drowned out by, among other things, electronic conversations of Sydney Leathers and him fantasizing about various sex acts now posted on the web.
Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, has forgiven him.
"Anthony's made some horrible mistakes," she said Tuesday, "but I do very strongly believe that that is between us."
The voters of New York are still learning about his relationship with Leathers and the website that broke the story,
warning: adult content on site)
, is promising more revelations.
In the meantime, 24-Hour News 8 has been unable to find anyone in Indiana who knows Sydney Elaine Leathers.
Organizing for America is no longer organizing here and no one at state Democratic Headquarters is familiar with her. She apparently kept a low profile at home while taking part in what has become a high profile scandal in New York.
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