Morning Read: ‘Spoiler Alert’

The New York Post imagines Carlos Danger.

The New York Post imagines Carlos Danger.

Headline of the Day: “Anthony Weiner vs. Carlos Danger: the politics of the post-paramour era.”

Alternative: “The very unbelievable candidacy of Anthony Weiner.”

The new race for mayor of the City of New York: “‘Cubicle Guy had no idea that he was Cubicle Guy,’ says Cubicle Guy, in the third person, in an interview with WCCO radio. ‘Cubicle Guy was just there, he was taking notes. He was standing behind Anthony Weiner because that was the only available spot.’”

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has seized upon yesterday’s news and launched a petition for ordinary New Yorkers to demand Mr. Weiner exit the mayor’s race. “People are hurting in this city. These issues are serious, and finding solutions is critical,” Mr. de Blasio says. “But right now the conversation in this campaign is neither serious nor critical — it’s a joke.”

Speaking of jokes, The Daily Show‘s John Oliver discussed Mr. Weiner briefly last night. “Last night, just before we went on air, the royal baby was born. So we pushed our coverage to tonight,” Mr. Oliver quipped. “So, we will cover Anthony Weiner’s penis tomorrow, which–spoiler alert–is a lot more than Anthony Weiner has been doing.”

Senator Al D’Amato, who has endorsed rival candidate Bill Thompson, is not a fan of Mr. Weiner’s. “He’s a sick dude. He’s a sick dude who must think all of the people are naive and stupid,” Mr. D’Amato fumed on Road to City Hall yesterday. “Come on. You are one sick son of a gun. If New Yorkers vote for you, they deserve you … Get the hell out of the race.”

It doesn’t seem like Mr. Weiner has much of a shot at The New York Times endorsement either: “That’s ridiculous and speaks to a familiar but repellent pattern of misleading and evasion. It’s up to Mr. Weiner if he wants to keep running, to count on voters to forgive and forget and hand him the keys to City Hall. But he has already disqualified himself.”

Or the Daily News. “He is not fit to lead America’s premier city. Lacking the dignity and discipline that New York deserves in a mayor, Weiner must recognize that his demons have no place in City Hall,” the paper opined. “She believes in me after I lied to her and lied to her again, Weiner says, and therefore so should New Yorkers. No. No. No.”

In other news, Congressman Charlie Rangel, who up until now would not commit to a re-election campaign, said, “At this time I intend to run for reelection.” But he added the caveat that things could change “around October,” based on “what the community decides.” Mr. Rangel’s comment comes one day after former Gov. David Paterson publicly expressed interest in the seat.