Anthony Weiner Pans Pete King but Passes on Michele Bachmann

Anthony Weiner holds court at a civic meeting in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn.

Anthony Weiner holds court at a civic meeting in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, before the debate last night.

Anthony Weiner was far more willing to rekindle old tensions with one of his former House colleagues than another last night.

Mr. Weiner, a week into his run for mayor, readily ripped Long Island Rep. Pete King on Wednesday. But, even when pressed, the infamously snarky Democrat had nothing to say about Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann–who spread allegations against his wife, Huma Abedin–and announced this week that she will not be seeking re-election next year.

“I have to say that Peter King, for one, has precious little authority on the subject, given the shameful way he has targeted people in one particular religion in his hearings,” he said in response to a Jewish Press forum question about the NYPD’s controversial surveillance of Muslim communities. “But, all that being said, I have absolutely no problem with the police, as part of their regular policing, trying to surveil any situation irrespective of where it is.” 

The jab at Mr. King came after a questioner mentioned Mr. Weiner’s highly contentious relationship with the Long Island congressman, who formerly chaired the House Committee on Homeland Security. Three years ago, Mr. Weiner shouted down Mr. King on the House floor during a debate over a health care bill for 9/11 emergency responders. The two legislators further sniped at each other during a Fox News appearance that summer.

Meanwhile, Mr. Weiner was mum on Ms. Bachmann’s decision not to seek re-election. The Minnesota Republican and failed presidential candidate was slammed by many in the city and her own party for asserting, without evidence, that Ms. Abedin–a top aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton–had ties to Muslim extremists. Mr. Weiner said last week that Ms. Bachmann’s attack on his wife was one of the few instances when he wished he was back in Congress after his resignation.

Outside of a civic meeting in Brooklyn, Politicker asked the former congressman if he had any reaction to Ms. Bachmann’s decision to leave the House.

“I don’t have any comment about Michele Bachmann,” Mr. Weiner firmly insisted, echoing a no-comment from his spokeswoman earlier in the day.