Sep 10th - 5:24 pm
Typically the post primary party is reserved for a swanky hotel most likely in Midtown.
I personally will be hanging out in the Hilton tonight with Joe Lhota’s campaign.
But, the democratic frontrunner is taking a different approach.
Bill de Blasio will be partying at the Bell House in Gowanus.
Yes, it’s blocks away from his Park Slope home. But this venue (one I happen to have visited several times) is more hipster than haute. The “celebration” will also include a block party.
As for his democratic rivals, both Bill Thompson and Christine Quinn are hosting parties at hotels in Chelsea. John Liu will be at a restaurant in Chinatown and Anthony Weiner is taking over an Irish pub, Connolly’s, in Midtown.
We, of course, will be reporting from all of these locations.
Aug 28th - 3:39 pm
Most are betting for a runoff, but no one has come as close as Bill de Blasio to making that extra election obsolete.
At least to Quinnipiac.
In a new Quinnipiac university poll, the public advocate continued his late race surge, climbing up to 36 percent of likely primary voters. Both Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson are trailing far behind, duking it out with 21 and 20 percent respectively. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.
Anthony Weiner’s numbers continued to fall with 8 percent, John Liu followed with 6 percent and Sal Albanese rounded out the pack with just 1 percent. Only 8 percent are undecided.
If a single candidate does not reach 40 percent, then it automatically triggers a runoff. Under that scenario, this new poll found de Blasio beats both Quinn and Thompson in a potential faceoff. He beats Quinn 59 percent to 30 percent and Thompson 52 percent to 36 percent.
In a potential Quinn-Thompson faceoff, Thompson beats the council speaker 57 to 33 percent.
Now Thompson was just in the studio and we asked him about these new numbers. He has been stalled in third place for weeks now. He had these thoughts on the latest results.
“I think I have learned over the years not to pay attention to Quinnipiac, Marist and all the public polls. They are so inaccurate and continue to be inaccurate. Look back at 2009, two days before they said it was going to be a blowout in my race against Mike Bloomberg. I lost by four and half points.”
Now, of note, the poll was conducted from Thursday through Tuesday, meaning it does not measure the full impact of Quinn receiving the endorsements all of the city’s major newspapers.
Aug 6th - 4:51 pm
Highlighting another one of his “Keys to the City,” Anthony Weiner called for a 25% reduction in the number of alternate-side parking days during a news conference on the Upper East Side today.
Standing on the sidewalk on E. 68th Street, Weiner said four-times-a-week street cleaning is unnecessary, causing driver inconvenience, lost productivity, increased traffic and pollution.
“This gentleman,” he said, gesturing toward a man sitting in his car just a few feet way. “He can be off at work. He could be doing something more productive. Instead, he’s waiting for alternate-side to end. All along this street, and all around this neighborhood, it goes on. We don’t question it because we say hey, that’s the way New York is.”
“We never go back and say hey, can we do with a little less street cleaning or a little bit more.”
In fact, thanks to City Council legislation passed in 2011—and a city pilot program before that—neighborhoods in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan have had the number of alternate-side days reduced after meeting cleanliness targets. The latest reductions took place in parts of Inwood and Washington Heights earlier this summer.
Meanwhile, responding to Mayor Bloomberg’s speech earlier today warning that labor costs could drive the city to financial ruin, Weiner said no candidate has dealt with health-care costs as seriously as he has, adding:
“I think that the mayor, were he a Democrat, would vote for me in the primary, and I expect him to vote for me in the general.”
Jul 31st - 4:10 pm
ICYMI: This clip of actress Kristen Chenoweth appearing on “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno show last night and skewering former Rep. Anthony Weiner in song is very much worth watching.
The song is a reworked version of “Popular” from the Broadway musical “Wicked,” in which Chenoweth starred as the orginal Glinda. The lyrics can be found here.
Jul 30th - 4:31 pm
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says that more women politicians on the state and local levels would lead to better government accountability, especially during a time when men are behaving badly in both New York City and Albany.
But the junior senator is not about to make an endorsement in the mayor’s race, even though she’s a fan of the leading Democratic candidate, who also happens to be a woman.
“Christine Quinn is an outstanding mayoral candidate,” said Gillibrand during an interview this afternoon. “She would make a terrific mayor.”
She made the comments in the context of her group “Off the Sidelines,” which advocates for women to seek public office.
For the second straight day, Gillibrand declined to weigh in on the mayor’s race, which has been upended (again) by Anthony Weiner’s disclosure that he sexted with women after resigning from office in 2011.
In response to a question about whether Weiner has the judgment to be Mayor, Gillibrand would only say it’s a “disappointing issue,” before quickly adding that she respects and admires Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, ”very much as a dear friend.”
Gillibrand did say that Weiner “has always been a great advocate for civil rights, for health care for all, a lot of liberal issues that are important.” But she said it’s “certainly a relevant question” whether Weiner can advocate for those issues given the circus-like atmosphere surrounding his campaign.
Jul 26th - 11:56 am
Jul 25th - 12:32 pm
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi didn’t explicitly call on Anthony Weiner to drop out of the Mayor’s race, but she did suggest that the former Congressman seek therapy in private.
At her weekly news conference Thursday, Pelosi called Weiner’s conduct “reprehensible” and “disrespectful of women.”
“What’s really stunning about it is that they don’t even realize, they don’t even have a clue,” said Pelosi, referring to both Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who is accused of inappropriate behavior towards women. “If they’re clueless, get a clue. If they need therapy, do it in private.”
Pelosi said it was up to the voters of New York City to decide if Weiner should stay in the race.
These are her most extensive comments on Weiner since he declared his candidacy, and they come just two days after Weiner admitted to more inappropriate online contact with women. Last month, she sidestepped my question about Weiner, saying she didn’t want to get involved in the Mayor’s race.
Jul 23rd - 3:19 pm
The first call for former Rep. Anthony Weiner to withdraw from the New York City mayor’s race following his acknowledgement of another round of explicit on-line messages and photos comes from one of his Democratic primary opponents, Sal Albanese, who released the following statement:
“From the moment he entered the race, I’ve said that Tony Weiner was unfit to serve as Mayor of our great city. Today, that is clearer than ever.”
“Since he entered public life, Tony has made a career of misleading New Yorkers rather than improving their lives. When he ran for City Council, he misled them with a racially-charged mailer about his opponent. As a Councilman, he mislead tenants to believe he would support rent control. As a Congressman, he sent sexually explicit photos to women, then told a bold-faced lie on national television, saying that he was an innocent victim of hacking.”
“Now, just 49 days before the election, he admits that he mislead us again. Unfortunately, my other opponents have danced around the issue. I’m not going to do that. I’m calling for Anthony Weiner to do right by New Yorkers and withdraw from the race.”
Albanese is a long-shot candidate with very little to lose. So, it’s not surprising that he would be out front on this one. More interesting will be what the top tier candidates like NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn, Bill Thompson and NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio say.
UPDATE: There are now comments from Republican mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis (drop out, Weiner), and Democratic NYC Comptroller/mayoral contender John Liu (utterly unbelievable if he was doing this after he resigned).
“The issue of Anthony’s relationships online or otherwise are between he and his wife, however the propensity for pornographic selfies is a valid issue for voters,” Liu said. “Ideas and eloquence can propel candidates, but judgment and character still do count.”
Here’s de Blasio’s statement (he’s calling for withdrawal):
“People are hurting in this city. They are looking to this campaign for a mayor to address the issues they care about — how you find a job that pays a living wage, how you educate your kids, how you find a home that you can afford.”
“But the sideshows of this election have gotten in the way of the debate we should be having about the future of this city. And yes, I’m talking about Anthony Weiner. Enough is enough. I’m calling on Anthony to withdraw from this race — for the good of the city that I know he loves as much as all of us.”
Jul 23rd - 2:54 pm
In the wake of new revelations regarding his on-line dalliances with women who were not his wife, Huma Abedin, Weiner pretty much confirmed the sexts in question were his, saying: ”While some things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me.”
“I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have. As I have said in the past, these things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress,” Weiner continued.
“…I’ve apologized to Huma and am grateful that she has worked through these issues with me and for her forgiveness. I want to again say that I am very sorry to anyone who was on the receiving end of these messages and the disruption that this has caused. As my wife and I have said, we are focused on moving forward.”
Weiner did not address the question of when exactly this on-line affair with an anonymous woman on an Arizona-based gossip site took place.
He also didn’t say whether he did indeed use the alias “Carlos Danger” when conversing with this woman – perhaps thinking that this would prevent anyone from finding out he was still engaging in the same risky behavior that cost him his political career.
It remains to be seen whether Weiner’s NYC mayoral campaign will survive this.
He did say in the immediate aftermath of the scandal two years ago that he had exchanged messages and photos “of an explicit nature” with about six women over the last three years, but he has declined to elaborate on that statement since he entered the mayor’s race this year, other than to say “it’s not 20 and it’s not 100.”
UPDATE: From TPM because our firewall won’t let me on The Dirty, which is where the original exchange between Weiner and this woman was posted…
In a follow up post on The Dirty, the woman claimed Weiner initiated contact with her on the social networking site Formspring in July 2012. They continued to correspond on the phone and through a Yahoo email account using the alias “Carlos Danger.”
“We would send naked images to each other and have phone sex. Anthony Weiner would send me penis pictures from his Carlos Danger yahoo email to my Gmail,” the woman is quoted as saying.
The woman said this “relationship,” such as it was, fizzled out sometime between November and December of last year. The blogger who broke this story, Nik Richie, hasn’t responded to any requests from TPM (or other outlets, as far as I can tell) seeking comment.
Jul 12th - 1:39 pm
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has been an outspoken advocate and defender of women, recently making headlines in her quest to crack down on sexual assault in the military.
But the junior senator was not eager to tee off on her two fellow Democrats who are mounting political comebacks in the New York City elections this fall after being felled by sex scandals in recent years.
Following an event at the Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market, where she decried the lack of a food stamps program in the Farm Bill passed by the House this week, Gillibrand was asked if she has been contacted by former Rep. Anthony Weiner and whether she would consider supporting his mayoral bid.
“That’s an issue for New York City voters to decide,” Gillibrand replied. “We’re going to have a very vibrant mayoral race, and that’s exactly what’s going to be put to the voters. I’m staying out of the primary. I know a lot of our primary candidates, and I’m good friends with most of them. So, I’m going to do my best to stay out of the primary, but support whoever the Democratic victor is.”
The questioner (who happened to be a YNN videographer) then asked Gillibrand if she thought women should be offended by Eliot Spitzer’s candidacy for New York City comptroller, as some of her fellow female elected officials have suggested – including NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, but she had a political motive in seeking to link Spitzer and Weiner together in hopes of tarring the former congressman, who is one of her rivals in the mayor’s race.
“Again, that’s going to be an issue for the voters to decide, decide how they feel about it, and to select the person that they think is the best for the job of comptroller,” Gillibrand said.”
That’s a little bit surprising, since there has been no love lost in the past between Gillibrand and Spitzer.
They clashed on several issues when he was governor, and she was one of the first Democratic elected officials to call on him to resign in the wake of his prostitution scandal. He returned the favor by criticizing her selection by his successor, now former Gov. David Paterson, to fill former Sen. Hillary Clinton’s seat/