Morning Read: ‘Reeked of Beer’

The Village Voice's cover today. (Photo: VillageVoice.com)

The Village Voice‘s cover today. (Photo: VillageVoice.com)

Headline of the Day: “Who Yelled It Better? ‘Bullsh*t’ as Screamed by Chris Christie and John Catsimatidis”

It’s a tough Village Voice cover story for Speaker Chris Quinn today: “Are the LGBT anti-Quinn activists holding her to a higher standard because she’s one of their own? ‘Almost all the vocal opponents of Christine Quinn are gay,’ [JoeMyGod blogger] Jervis says. ‘They’re saying, ‘My idol has disappointed me.’ We hold ourselves to higher standards, so we feel doubly betrayed.’”

The Daily News has a more lighthearted cover focused on whether former Rep. Anthony Weiner will get into the mayoral race. Also, this: Wearing an orange jersey with the No. 1 and the necessary pads and safety gear, Weiner darted off the ice, and a teammate — who reeked of beer and claimed to be a doctor — confronted a reporter asking questions and pushed her out of the way.”

Up host Steve Kornacki on Mr. Weiner: “The case you can make in Weiner’s defense, even there, is that being a political animal will mean that he’s attuned to the demands of the constituencies that elect him. So in theory, that makes him responsive to them and eager to advocate and push for the policies they want, even if he doesn’t really care.”

Salon columnist Blake Zeff on the same topic: “The inability to change his image, chameleon-like, hour to hour, and please everyone means mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner may have to decide who, once and for all, he is. First, he was a working class moderate. Then he was a working class moderate while also a liberal darling. Now he’s a corporate advisor.”

Wary of Mr. Weiner’s possible entry into the race, another mayoral contender, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has turned the heat on Ms. Quinn instead. “Bill de Blasio is getting more and more desperate,” said Quinn spokesman Mike Morey of the situation. “While his attacks get angrier and angrier, Chris Quinn will keep talking about her record.”

The Brooklyn Young Republican Club, which found itself at the center of an outburst from John Catsimatidis  Sunday, penned a letter thanking him for attending: “While the press corps certainly delivered some excitement and New York attitude to sleepy Monday morning news readers with their reporting, the meeting and discussion consisted of far more than a few sparks.”

And Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn’t give a heads up to a slain teen’s family before using his death to defend NYPD tactics. His mother “was shocked — she had not heard from the mayor or his aides, either after the shooting or before the speech. But she was also grateful — he let the world know her son was senselessly murdered, and even chastised some news organizations for not covering the shooting.”