Morning Read: ‘Burned at the Stake’

Scott Stringer on the cover of today's Metro New York. (Photo: Newseum)
Scott Stringer on today’s Metro New York cover. (Photo: Newseum)

Headline of the Day: “Scott Stringer, the underdog being drawn to the fore.”

Nobody can ever accuse former Congressman Anthony Weiner of lacking confidence. Mr. Weiner, tanking in the polls, facing “Weiner fatigue” and accompanied by just three reporters while stumping in the Bronx yesterday, declared of his campaign: “It’s inconceivable to me that this won’t be successful.”

Speaking of confidence, Dan Isaacs, the Manhattan GOP leader who endorsed John Catsimatidis for mayor, was taped by a federal agent saying some pretty positive things about Democratic State Senator Malcolm Smith‘s implausible candidacy for mayor. “In a general election, Malcolm running on a Republican line, I mean, he kicks ass. No question about it,” Mr. Isaacs gushes, for example.

The Democrats campaigning for mayor have been increasingly devoting their time to the high-turnout Upper West Side neighborhood. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said meeting the area’s engaged electorate is like “question time in the British Parliament except it’s like nonstop and it’s out on the street,” while consultant Hank Sheinkopf quipped, “To not be a Democrat on the West Side of Manhattan is to ask to be burned at the stake.”

Two long-shot Democrats–attorney Neil Grimaldi and comedian Randy Credico–went on Road to City Hall last night to make their mayoral pitches. “I want to develop a school system, not only in New York but around the world,” the ambitious Mr. Grimaldi said. “I want to develop a school system that … develops a full person, … a creative person, a healthy person, a holistic person, a person that wouldn’t commit crimes, a person that’s happy, joyous.”

The two GOP candidates campaigning for Councilman Jimmy Oddo‘s seat do not care for one another. Yesterday, Steve Matteo blasted Lisa Giovinazzo for using “offensive racial code words” while discussing affordable housing, as well as bringing nothing more to the table “than dishonesty and blind ambition. There has got to be substance.” Ms. Giovinazzo said this attack was “sexist,” which Mr. Matteo called “lame.”

It turns out that “money laundering” accusations against ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer don’t hold up in the face of scrutiny, but comptroller rival and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer–who has been repeatedly throwing this accusation out--called it “incredible” that this debate is even occurring. For its part, the New York Post doesn’t really seem to care and said “money laundering” seems like a “reasonable, colloquial” interpretation.

And Mr. Spitzer has a new children-themed campaign ad:

Morning Read: ‘Burned at the Stake’