Morning Read: Weiner Departs, Newspapers Lament, Levy Prepares (Just in Case)

The New York Post criticizes Michael Bloomberg’s exorbitant campaign spending, saying, “it’s a pity that the cash has dried up what might well have been a compelling — and, frankly, necessary — conversation about the city’s future.”
 
Larry Littlefield argues that the defeat of congestion pricing, counterintuitively, hurt Anthony Weiner’s mayoral candidacy.
The Daily News editorial board said Anthony Weiner had no message. Neither does Bill Thompson or the local Democratic Party for that matter, the paper said.
Bloomberg said, “If you have a good message, people are going to be responsive. And if you have a bad message or you’ve done a bad job, and don’t offer hope for the future, no amount of money is going to make a difference.

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