Anthony, um, Attacks?

Maybe it’s the heat, but there seems to be some thin skin out there on the trail today.

At an afternoon City Hall presser, Weiner, with uncharacteristic mildness, resisted bait from half a dozen reporters and criticized Freddy in the mildest possible terms: He said that Ferrer is “a good man” and that Freddy wants to raise taxes, neither of which the Ferrer camp would dispute. The harshest line he took was to associate Freddy, as he has before, with “the ideas of the 1970s and 1980s.” (Anthony had his own issues with the ideas of capital and expense budgets, of which more later.)

Anyway, Ferrer aide Jen Bluestein is out with this response:

“We recognize that anyone in the Democratic Party who attacks Freddy Ferrer gets newspaper headlines, but those attacks do nothing to address the crisis in our schools or the lack of affordable housing. Freddy Ferrer is proud to be the only candidate to propose a way to get the 23 billion dollars our schools are owed by Albany, and put forth plans to graduate more kids and build homes families can afford. We expect every candidate to do the same–including Mike Bloomberg.”

Is this a shot across Anthony’s bow, warning him that if he attacks Freddy at the debate, he’ll get…more press? Some complicated strategy to sideline Miller? The Politicker is puzzled.