Weiner Says Quinn Is the One Who Should Be Fazed by the Polls

Anthony Weiner in Brownsville today.

Anthony Weiner in Brownsville today.


Anthony Weiner was clearly not bothered today by a new poll that placed him a distant fourth in the mayor’s race, even implying that front-runner Christine Quinn was the one who should be worried by the numbers.

“It was an interesting poll, I mean, on some levels,” the sexting-scarred former congressman told Politicker earlier this afternoon while crossing the street at a campaign event in Brownsville, Brooklyn. “One of my opponents has been on the air [with ads] for three weeks and actually went down in the poll.”

The poll, conducted by Siena College and the New York Times, found that Ms. Quinn led the field comfortably with 25 percent of the vote, while Mr. Weiner’s standing continued to plummet in the wake of last month’s new sexting revelations. At one time, Mr. Weiner was the front-runner, but now has the backing of only 10 percent of Democrats. A July Siena poll found Ms. Quinn with 27 percent.

Reporters asked Mr. Weiner why he thought she held such a clear advantage.

“I don’t know, I don’t really know. She’s a fairly well-known figure in the city. I don’t know what to make of some of these polls,” he offered. “That was the striking takeaway for me but I’m not a political reporter.”

Mr. Weiner also suggested he planned to join her on the airwaves soon.

“I imagine we will, right? What is today’s date, the 9th? We’re getting close,” he said, hustling off to greet a voter.