Morning Read: ‘The Dressing Slowly Dripped, Leaving a Stain’

A man poses in front of Anthony Weiner's congressional office after he announced his resignation. (Photo: Getty)

A man poses in front of Anthony Weiner’s congressional office after he announced his resignation. (Photo: Getty)

Headline of the Day: “An Incomplete History of Peter King Calling for the Prosecution of Journalists.”

The New York Times did a fairly definitive take-down of former Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s legislative record, or lack thereof: “In 12 ½ years in Congress, he sponsored and wrote only one bill that he steered to enactment: a measure pushed by a family friend who gave his campaigns tens of thousands of dollars in donations.”

And reminded us of his temper too: “In 2005, he became so irritated with a staff member that he threw a salad against the wall, then left the room as the dressing slowly dripped, leaving a stain. Another time, arguing with an aide, Mr. Weiner threw his BlackBerry against a wall, then blamed the aide for the broken phone.”

In the pages of the Daily News, NY1 host Errol Louis penned a piece arguing that black voters will, in fact, back Bill Thompson for mayor. “In our city of tribes, New Yorkers have been voting along racial, ethnic and religious lines for centuries,” he wrote. “But not every tribe does it the same way. Black Dems tend to make up their minds relatively late in the summer.”

Consultant Ezra Friedlander defended Speaker Chris Quinn to Orthodox Jews who may be skeptical of an openly-gay candidate. “There is a notion that those in public life need to mirror their constituents. This belief is a fallacy of the highest magnitude,” he argued. “Politics is not the Bais Medrash. None of the serious mayoral candidates reflect our lifestyle.”

Salon’s Blake Zeff accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of only pretending to want campaign finance reform. “What’s a guy to do? For the New York governor, it looks like it’s persuade the pro-reform crowd that you really want to pass the bill — while quietly refusing to spend any capital on it… and ensuring its demise,” he sharply contended.

Rep. Charlie Rangel held a fund-raiser Wednesday night but said it was to pay off old campaign debts and would not indicate whether he’s running for re-election. “It just seems to me,” he explained, “that if you just got elected that instead of just planning for the next election you should be showing what you’ve done with the last one.”

Morning Read: ‘The Dressing Slowly Dripped, Leaving a Stain’