Bill de Blasio Finds Himself an Indirect Beneficiary of the Weiner Scandal

Bill de Blasio.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Just weeks ago, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s campaign appeared to be treading water.

He was behind in the public polls. He had failed to unify labor. And the unlikely comeback candidacy of former Congressman Anthony Weiner—another outspoken, progressive with outer borough branding—seemed like the nail in the proverbial coffin, eliminating his path to victory.

But as it turns out, Mr. Weiner’s entry has turned into a blessing for Mr. de Blasio, at least as far as public polling is concerned. trans Bill de Blasio Finds Himself an Indirect Beneficiary of the Weiner Scandal

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Levin and Pierson Trade Blows in Northern Brooklyn Battle

An anti-Councilman Steve Levin mailer sent from the Pierson campaign.
An anti-Steve Levin mailer sent from the Pierson campaign.

Two Brown University alumni named Stephen are facing off in a Brooklyn City Council race, but their similarities have not dulled the heat in one of the more contentious downballot contests in the city.

Councilman Steve Levin, facing a re-election challenge from Stephen Pierson, has endured a barrage of attacks from Mr. Pierson since the soft-spoken publisher launched his uphill campaign. The latest involves the Pierson camp claiming that Mr. Levin has been courting the support of a controversial real estate Super PAC.

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Thompson Wonders Why the Media Isn’t Addressing Weiner Controversy

Bill Thompson on Morning Joe.
Bill Thompson on Morning Joe.

Yesterday, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio got to go on Morning Joe and bask in the new interest in his candidacy following re-scandalized Anthony Weiner’s drop in the mayoral race’s polls.

Today it was Bill Thompson’s turn–and the former comptroller got a bit cheeky when addressing the media’s obsession with the Weiner story.

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Anthony Weiner Still Converting Critics

Anthony Weiner in the Bronx last night.
Anthony Weiner in the Bronx last night.

In perhaps his most defiant campaign appearance to date, Anthony Weiner delivered an impassioned defense of his scandalous mayoral bid, persuading at least one hostile Bronx audience member to consider backing him over his rivals.

“You know, I wonder sometimes, why are my opponents so eager to get me out of the race?” Mr. Weiner, his voice suddenly soaring, asked last night. “If they believe their ideas are better than mine, if they believe their record is better than mine, if they believe their character is better than mine, …. let them stand up and say it. At a certain point, you got to say, ‘Look, I don’t quit!’ New Yorkers don’t quit! I’m not going to go into the corner and curl up because someone found out something embarrassing about me.”

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Bill Thompson’s ‘Concerned Leaders’ Rip Into Bill de Blasio

Bill Thompson. (Photo: Getty)
Bill Thompson. (Photo: Getty)

The gloves are finally coming off in this year’s mayoral election.

In an email from former Comptroller Bill Thompson’s campaign, three African-American pols blasted rival candidate Bill de Blasio for “deeply offensive” comments yesterday regarding Mr. Thompson’s position on stop-and-frisk.

“We’ve all seen politicians play fast and loose with the truth, but Bill de Blasio is tying himself up in knots trying to tell people that the only African American in the race for Mayor wants ‘to have it both ways’ on racial profiling,” they fumed. Continue reading “Bill Thompson’s ‘Concerned Leaders’ Rip Into Bill de Blasio”

Morning Read: ‘Attacks Against Progressive Democrats Who Get Results’

It continues.

Headline of the Day: “Bill Thompson Criticized For Opposing Stop And Frisk Too Much, Or Not Enough.”

Runner-Up: “Maybe Huma Could Use a Vacation.”

Anthony Weiner‘s embattled mayoral campaign soldiers on: “At an event Tuesday evening in Times Square with advocates for New Yorkers with disabilities, the 48-year-old seemed tired, slight and young as he was thronged by the fierce Hydra-headed press beast. He looked as if he were running on raw will. He apologized for being late, saying something about the ‘time-space continuum.'”

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