Visiting the Neighborhood
In Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign announcement video, released early this morning, the former congressman visits a number of locations, including his childhood home in Park Slope, his current Park Avenue South residence and two small businesses in the Midwood section of his old congressional district.
“If you’re trying to run a business on a neighborhood shopping strip like this one, you’re drowning in regulations that nickle and dime you to death,” Mr. Weiner says as he stands on the corner of Kings Highway and East 18th Street in southeastern Brooklyn. “The very people who put everything they had into this city are getting priced right out of it.”
Politicker visited the two businesses in the video to see if Mr. Weiner left an impression after talking to the owners.
He’s in. After weeks of speculation, disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner has officially thrown his hat into the mayor’s race, announcing he’s running with a new video posted on his revamped campaign website at midnight on Wednesday.
“Look, I made some big mistakes. And I know I let a lot of people down. But I’ve also learned some tough lessons,” he says in the video, which opens with a family scene of the former councilman and his wife, Huma Abedin, having breakfast in their kitchen with their young son.
“I’m running for mayor ’cause I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you,” he says into the camera in the 2-minute, slickly-shot reel.
Comptroller John Liu is finally ready to take the plunge.
Mr. Liu, the last of the remaining major Democratic mayoral candidates who has yet to declare his electoral intentions, will formally announce his candidacy Sunday afternoon, according to multiple sources.
Announcing his campaign for an open eastern Queens Congressional seat this afternoon, Democratic Assemblyman Rory Lancman started laying the groundwork for his campaign’s messaging. In addition to the standard political stance of fighting for middle class families, Mr. Lancman heavily emphasized issues of counterterrorism and safety, likely an attempt to appeal to foreign-policy minded Jewish voters in the district.
Even the campaign signs being waved by the crowd resembled the Israeli flag.
“As an Assemblyman, I wrote the law that protects authors and journalists, who expose terrorists,” he noted early on in his speech.