Weiner 2013 Trial Balloon Aloft Again (Updated)
A reader in Forest Hills, Queens wrote in to report that he received a polling call yesterday afternoon asking if he would be willing to consider scandal-scarred former Rep. Anthony Weiner for NYC comptroller this fall.
According to this reader, the questions compared Weiner and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who pretty much bigfooted the field when he dropped from the mayor’s race into the comptroller contest back in November, pushing out
two term-limited NYC Council members – Domenic Recchia, of Brooklyn, and Dan Garodnick, of Manhattan - in the process.
(As per the comments section: Recchia is term-limited in his current post; Garodnick is not. Thanks for the correction).
The current comptroller, John Liu, is forging ahead with his mayoral campaign despite an ongoing federal investigation into his fund-raising practices.
I rustled up Weiner’s email address and sent him a note seeking comment. So far, I have not received a reply.
The fact that he’s sitting on some $4 million, plus his high name recognition (perhaps not entirely for the sort of things for which a politician generally wishes to be known) make him a factor not easily dismissed – though a comeback would certainly be an uphill battle.
UPDATE: Shortly after I hit “publish” on this post, I received a fall from an Upper West Side Democrat who said he received a polling call tonight that appeared to gauge support for Weiner for mayor.
This poll respondent said the call came from Mountain West Research (which I believe is an Idaho-based call center), but with a 212 area code.
The questions included favorable/unfavorable feelings for Weiner as well as for the five Democrats already running or assumed to be running for mayor – NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, NYC Comptroller John Liu and former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson.
Also, the pollster read a series of negative statements on each candidate, and then asked the “horserace” question. According to the UWS Dem, who took notes during the call, the negatives on each were as follows:
- Quinn: Rubber stamp for Mayor Bloomberg, voted to extend term limits, involved in a slugh fund scandal, known for “backroom” deals.
- de Blasio: Will say anything at any time, flip flops on key issues like term limits.
- Liu: Subject of a federal investigation, his campaign treasurer was arrested, he was subpoenaed to testify.
- Thompson: The NYC schools failed when he was in charge, ran a lackluster campaign for mayor in 2009, failed to pay his taxes for five years.
- Weiner: Was disgraced for sending lewd pictures and then lying about it, is a career politician who some say doesn’t have the temperament to be mayor.
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