Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, currently battling yet another round of sexting scandals, is facing a different controversy after calling his Republican rival "grandpa" at a town hall forum Tuesday sponsored by AARP.
NY1 captured the exchange between Weiner and his older Republican rival George McDonald, recording the interaction:
McDonald: I said keep your hands to yourself.
Weiner: I heard what you said.
McDonald: Don't put your hands on me ever again.
Weiner: Really? What's going to happen if I do? You're a tough guy now?
McDonald: I am. I can defend myself.
Weiner: [inaudible]...your anger issues under control.
McDonald: I don't have any anger issues.
Weiner: But you do, grandpa.
After the conference, 69-year-old McDonald said the exchange was prompted by Weiner putting his hand on McDonald's chest in greeting.
His explanation soon led to an argument with Weiner's supporters, with McDonald reportedly demanding: "How do you explain to a 10-year-old granddaughter how he tweets out pictures of his penis to people?"
The New York Post writes that McDonald -- who founded a well-known organization that helps the homeless find work -- has been hammering the point on the campaign trail.
Despite it all, AARP audience members reportedly reacted negatively to McDonald, booing when he called Weiner a "glib narcissist."
Meanwhile Beth Finkel, state director of the New York AARP, said Wednesday some of the statements at the conference were "unfortunate," adding: "A person’s age should not be a factor in politics, or anything else."