Blast From The Past
Political observers have often remarked that if Anthony Weiner had simply come clean about his post-resignation sexting relapse in his initial tell-all interview with The New York Times Magazine, he would have fared far better in this year’s mayoral race.
And in an interview with GQ magazine published today, Mr. Weiner agreed, blaming the Times Magazine writer, Jonathan Van Meter, for not being “tough enough” on him.
Law and Order
Well no, not actually the infamous pictures. That would probably take the “ripped from the headline” boast (when did that become the show’s marketing campaign, by the way?) of Law & Order: SVU‘s latest episode straight into lawsuit territory. But it’s okay: The politician who wants to be the next mayor of New York in “October Surprise” isn’t actually Anthony Weiner, see, because in the episode he is caught sexting pictures of his junk to a 15-year-old.
An Ongoing Series
His campaign may be dead, but Anthony Weiner is still chugging along.
Almost a month to the day since he faced off against MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and then finished a distant fifth in the mayor’s race, Mr. Weiner challenged conservative talk show host Sean Hannity to a health care debate on Fox News and quickly found the discussion veering into absurdity.
PR POWER LIST
Celebs don’t call 911 in an emergency; they ring their PR people. In the old days, a well-placed item could defuse a crisis. But in a universe of voracious gossip blogs, omnipresent iPhones and truthiness, managing mishaps is much messier. How did PR pros handle the year’s most high-profile gaffes? Read More
As Seen on TV
Anthony Weiner, whose mayoral bid imploded following revelations that he’d continued sexting long after his resignation from Congress, was already plotting a Plan B more than six months before he lost his bid for Gracie Mansion, sources said.
A week after losing his race for mayor, ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner has found a new calling: punditry.
Mr. Weiner appeared on NY1′s Road to City Hall last night to pontificate on the political landscape he’d just left. He did the same in the pages of the Daily News this morning. In both cases, the failed candidate reflected on the Democrat who bested him in the primary.
Morning Media Mix
Totally unsurprisingly in the age of social media, a bunch of people misreported a bunch of information as news was breaking about yesterday’s Navy Yard shooting. CBS and NBC both initially identified the suspect as Navy chief petty officer Rollie Chance, only to retract their reports when the suspect’s real name, Aaron Alexis, was released. (Slate, Politico)
Staffing up! Times Union political reporter Jimmy Vielkind is Capital New York’s first major hire since Politico owner Robert Allbritton announced that he had bought the website last week. Mr. Vielkind will continue to cover the (state) capital for Capital’s Albany bureau. (Capital Confidential, Times Union)
It was a rough night for redemption-seekers.
Four scandal-scarred candidates–Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, Vito Lopez and Micah Kellner–all failed to win their bids last night, despite, in some of their cases, vaster war chests and soaring name recognition.
All four candidates succumbed to an onslaught of toxic press and apparent voter fatigue over the circus-like atmosphere of the election after Mr. Weiner and Mr. Spitzer jumped into the fray.
Election Day: 2013apalooza
Despite his unrelenting claims of confidence ahead of tonight’s Democratic primary, Anthony Weiner finally conceded he’s not going to become the next occupant of Gracie Mansion.
With more than 80 percent of precincts reporting results, Mr. Weiner trails in a distant fifth place, holding about 5 percent of the vote as front-runner Bill de Blasio inches towards 40 percent.
But the sexting scandal-riddled former congressman absorbed the loss with no lump in his throat at Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant tonight.
Election Day: 2013apalooza
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s former sext-object showed up at the underdog mayoral candidate’s campaign “victory party” at Connolly’s pub tonight with a message of her own.
“He needs some sex therapy,” said Sydney Leathers to the horde of reporters that crowded around her outside Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant, when asked about what’s next for Weiner.