A spokesman for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the city’s top cop has nothing to do with a recent poll that appears to be testing the waters for a potential mayoral run.
The telephone poll, by the Queens-based Opinion Access Corp., asked a variety of questions about the commissioner, as well as how he matched up with the other candidates, according to a source, as well as reports by Capitol New York and the Village Voice.
On his second day as a mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner visited a trio of local Queens newspapers–the Queens Tribune, Queens Courier and Queens Chronicle–trying to burnish his image as an outer-borough, middle class champion despite his new Manhattan residence.
After a frenzied meet-and-greet with commuters in Harlem, ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner made his first appearance–that we know about–at a mayoral forum last night in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, where he tried to make a case to voters about why they should consider electing him again.
“For me, it’s good to be anywhere,” Mr. Weiner told members of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club–one of the few clubs he said endorsed him back in 2005–a day after formally jumping into the race with a video posted on his campaign website.
Ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner was met with a media circus Thursday as he hit the campaign trail. Except, that is, when he didn’t tell the press where he was going.
After being trailed by dozens of reporters, photographers and cameramen who interfered with his attempts to interact with voters and then caused a scene at his first publicized forum, Mr. Weiner decided to ditch his entourage, making at least one covert stop.
Blast From The Past
Count Ginger Lee, a stripper who was intimately involved in the sexting scandal that led to former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s downfall, among his detractors as he now seeks the top job in City Hall.
“I do not think Anthony Weiner should run for Mayor of New York City because even now, nearly two years after this story broke, there are still details relating to other women that have not been exposed,” Ms. Lee said in a statement sent to Politicker. “Each time Anthony Weiner deflects or obfuscates these details, my life and perhaps the lives of other women are made more difficult by the increased attention from the media.”
Back in November, the New York Times noted this year’s mayoral race is historically significant because it lacked a Jewish candidate.
“The likelihood that no major Jewish candidate may seek to run for mayor is also the consequence of the extraordinary undoing of the political career of a man who could very well have been the Democratic front-runner at this point,” the paper argued. “Anthony D. Weiner.”
Ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner emerged from hiding, making his first appearance on the campaign trail Thursday morning in Harlem with a press spectacle that—at one point—attracted the attention of police officers who asked him to move away from the subway station where he’d been trying to greet voters because of the huge crowd of reporters.
Mr. Weiner arrived just before 7:45 a.m. for the frenzied meet-and-greet outside the station at the corner of 125th Street and Malcolm X in Harlem more than 24-hours after announcing that he was jumping into the crowded mayor’s race with a video posted on a re-vamped campaign website.
When former Congressman Anthony Weiner officially launched his mayoral bid yesterday, he took the unprecedented step of releasing an announcement video in the dark of night and only granting phone interviews with the media throughout the day. Some strongly speculated the strategy was designed to dampen the pun-filled tabloid reactions by entering the race after their print deadlines. If so, the plan worked–mostly.
Mr. Weiner was indeed kept off the front pages yesterday and today, but both the New York Post and Daily News managed to slip in some loud sideswipes. The News, in particular, seemed annoyed. On page 12, an insert read, “Here’s one for his scrapbook. Weiner’s midnight declaration prevented him from getting on the front page. Now for a ‘what if’ …”
Queens Councilman James Gennaro is not rolling out the welcome mat for Anthony Weiner’s mayoral bid.
Indeed, Mr. Gennaro released a lengthy, 824-word statement slamming Mr. Weiner. In paragraph after paragraph, Mr. Gennaro brought up Mr. Weiner’s infamous Twitter scandal that led to his downfall two years ago, arguing the former congressman’s poor handling of the affair disqualified him from being anything but a distraction.
After jumping late into a race they’ve been running in for months, ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner decided to break the ice with his now-Democratic rivals with a telephoned “hello” before they meet on the campaign trail.
“I’ve done a round of courtesy calls,” Mr. Weiner told Politicker during a telephone interview Wednesday–hours after formally launching his campaign for mayor.