Morning Read: ‘You Learn to Turn Off Your Google Alert at Night’

Today's New York Post. (Photo: Newseum)

Today’s New York Post. (Photo: Newseum)

New York Times Headline of the Day: “Weiner’s Behavior Prompts a Question: Why Did He Do It?”

“Another one of those slick TV ads for Comptroller! Abuelita, they don’t stop!” a radio advertisement boosting Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer‘s comptroller campaign declares. The commercial is part of a sizable, labor-backed effort to bring down rival candidate, ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer. The ad adds, “Not just headlines and talk —Scott’s gotten results!”

“Not great,” former Congressman Anthony Weiner told the Daily News when asked how he sleeps at night. “You learn to turn off your Google alert at night. I’m doing okay. You guys are tough. Look, this is hard. And I’d much rather that all this didn’t happen but I’m doing my best to treat it as a test. I think in an odd way, this is a great test for the kind of mayor I will be. I will not quit on my stool. Just as I will answer the bell of every round as mayor for the middle class in this city.”

Councilman Jumaane Williams explained mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson‘s race relations speech by musing about his poll numbers among black voters. “I think he originally felt that certain segments of the population were going to go with him automatically. He started looking at polls and seeing that wasn’t happening,” he said. “Thompson’s trying to have it both ways without putting any skin in the game.”

But Thompson strategist Jonathan Prince said he’s more than happy with the latest survey. “What actually gives me confidence is how well we’re doing–given the fact that you show us behind Anthony Weiner among African-Americans,” he explained on Road to City Hall last night. “I’m not … a big fan of the public polling roller coaster, but when you look at some of the underlying numbers, that gives me a lot of confidence.”

The Daily News was less kind, however, and asked, “Will the real Bill Thompson please stand up?” While Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, dismissed Sunday’s speech by stating, “The reality is I think Bill Thompson continues to be the most realistic and reasonable of all the candidates and in the end it is campaign rhetoric.”

“There happen to be a bunch of people who’ve moved to Brooklyn who have a kind of shared worldview about a lot of issues, but I don’t know if it’s because they have a beard or wear skinny jeans or are ironic about kitschy things or what,” Public Advocate Bill de Blasio‘s pollster told New York magazine. “I don’t think Bill’s ability to speak to them comes out of some grand strategy, but from who he is.”

Carlos Danger’s campaign launch video, presented without comment:
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Morning Read: ‘You Learn to Turn Off Your Google Alert at Night’