Former Congressman Anthony Weiner accused Mayor Michael Bloomberg of using school closures to skirt union rules and fudging test scores ahead of his 2005 re-election bid during a conversation on education policy this morning that represented a rare reprieve from relentless questions about his latest sexing scandal.
Still trying to shift the conversation away from revelations that have engulfed his fledgling mayoral campaign in recent weeks, Mr. Weiner spent nearly an hour discussing everything from test scores to classroom diversity during a CUNY Institute of Education Policy Breakfast at Hunter College.
Anthony Weiner tried to clear the air Friday evening, giving a whirlwind round of interviews to various local news outlets. Free of the chaotic press scrums that have dominated his mayoral campaign since his latest sexting revelations, Mr. Weiner pushed his interviewers to turn the page on the scandal.
It was awkward.
“Are you a narcissist?” PIX11′s Mario Diaz asked Mr. Weiner in his interview’s opening question. Mr. Weiner replied that he likes to get in front of crowds, adding, “I’m sure there are a lot of people like that in television news, too.”
i'm just a bill
Anthony Weiner isn’t going to quit the mayor’s race because this is New York.
“I know that there are newspaper editors and other politicians that say, ‘Boy, I wish that guy Weiner would quit,’” Mr. Weiner says in a new ad posted on his campaign website. “They don’t know New York. They certainly don’t know me. ‘Quit’ isn’t the way we roll in New York City.”
It may finally be Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s time in the spotlight.
Mr. de Blasio, who has recently received favorable write-ups in Salon and the New York Times, took his pitch to MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning to plug his progressive credentials and tout yesterday’s surge in the polls while–of course–being asked questions about former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s latest sexting scandal.
ups and downs
As the city’s Democratic establishment rallies against ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s comptroller candidacy, it turns out there’s something they can both agree on: Anthony Weiner shouldn’t be mayor.
Mr. Spitzer, who’s tried his very best up until now to avoid commenting on his fellow scandal-scarred pol, was cajoled into weighing into the race on MSNBC’s Hardball this evening.
The Fourth Estate
Anthony Weiner’s candidacy is continuing to drop in the wake of revelations that he continued sexting random women long after he resigned from Congress, a new poll out this afternoon confirms. And that’s good news for his Democratic rivals, including Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
The latest Quinnipiac University numbers show Mr. Weiner trailing the pack in fourth place, with the support of just 16 percent of the likely Democratic voters–a huge slide from his front-runner status just a month ago. And the majority of voters–53 percent–now think he should drop out of the race.
Manhattan City Councilman Robert Jackson has a message for the New York Post: Lay off Anthony Weiner’s wife.
Mr. Jackson, who is also running for Manhattan borough president, went on a brief solo rant this afternoon, condemning a recent Post editorial column on former Congressman Anthony Weiner that featured a fake byline from Mr. Weiner’s wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
“It crossed the line, in my opinion, of decency,” Mr. Jackson proclaimed on the steps of City Hall this afternoon, a huge foam board depicting the paper’s Sunday story behind him. “We need to stop all this sensationalism … I’m asking the New York Post, stop it!”
Brother Where Art Thou
We know, another editorial on former Congressman/current New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his cybersexting “addiction.” If you feel a little gross reading the umpteenth article dissecting the politician’s dong shots…well, you should. You think the media brought down Anthony Weiner when they revealed the photos of his salami? Or that we even want to be covering Carlos Danger as a 24 news cycle?
As salacious as it is, we’re all sick of trying to place those however many women who have stepped forward claiming to have received sexual photos or messages from Weiner in chronological order, as if it matters if he messaged them before his humiliating resignation from Congress, during his “reformed” family man period (as memorialized by that People Magazine profile) or throughout, and as recently as last summer. (Which is not to say that there aren’t more waiting in the wings, currently.)
It stopped being sexy news when we ran out of puns. And now, disturbingly, we’re getting the distinct impression that this is what Weiner wanted all along: to show the world his dick pics.
Anthony Weiner says there’s no truth to a new report that claims his brother tried to silence his latest sexting partner as he ramped up his run for mayor.
Earlier this afternoon, the New York Post reported that the former congressman’s brother, Jason Weiner, had reached out to Sydney Leathers to see “if she was going to be a problem,” in the words of the young women’s friend, Lou Colagiovanni.
“She was scared, and very shaken. She got freaked out,” Mr. Colagiovanni reportedly recalled. “She had never met the brother, and here he was contacting her. She had never spoken with him before. She told me about her affair, and that she thought they were trying to find out who they needed to keep quiet.”
Anthony Weiner continued to plow ahead with his increasingly embattled mayoral campaign this evening, telling the audience at a forum in Queens that he’ll be the next man running City Hall.
“You watch, when I become your mayor–like I said, you might not agree with me every day–but every single day when I lay down my head at night I’m gonna be thinking of communities like this,” he said during his closing remarks at the forum, which ironically focused on women.