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Weiner not sorry he called foe 'grandpa'

Weiner not sorry he called foe 'grandpa'

August 7th, 2013 in News

NEW YORK (AP) - Anthony Weiner isn't apologizing for calling an opponent at a New York City mayoral forum "grandpa."

Weiner said Wednesday that he stands by his remarks at the AARP-sponsored event the day before.

The exchange between 69-year-old Republican candidate George McDonald and the 48-year-old Democrat was caught on camera by the TV station NY1.

After Weiner touched McDonald's chest in greeting, McDonald barked, "Don't put your hands on me ever again."

Weiner responded by telling McDonald he has "anger issues."

When McDonald disagreed, Weiner said, "Yes, you do, Grandpa."

Weiner says that he frequently is the recipient of personal attacks at forums and says a mayoral candidate "needs a thick skin."

AARP state director Beth Finkel says the organization found some comments at the forum it sponsored "unfortunate."