The woman at the center of the Anthony Weiner scandal is a 23-year-old Indiana native who is passionate about politics, and was a strong supporter of the New York politician even after he resigned from Congress amid similar circumstances two years ago, a friend said Wednesday.
Sydney Elaine Leathers actively posts about politics and her Democratic views on Facebook. That’s where she met Lou Colagiovanni, a political blogger and writer who moderates a political Facebook page where Leathers frequently posted messages.
“She absolutely idealized this man,” Colagiovanni told CNN of the respect Leathers had for Weiner, now running for New York mayor.
The gossip website TheDirty.com on Tuesday published a collection of sexual messages and blurred photos between Weiner and a woman the site did not identify. Weiner admitted later Tuesday to engaging in the lewd chats and apologized, though calls are now pouring in for him to withdraw from the race.