Election Day: 2013apalooza
Anthony Weiner asked the Board of Elections to intervene today–so he could ensure the press got a good photo of him casting his ballot with his son on Election Day.
The former Congressman had been scheduled to vote at 9:30 a.m. at a Baruch College building not for from his Park Avenue South apartment. Instead, frantic staffers rushed in and out of the building, conferring with poll workers and making calls. There had been a “snafu,” with the Board of Elections, said Mr. Weiner’s spokeswoman, Barbara Morgan, who paced up and down the sidewalk outside of the building, tracked by two film-makers.
Anthony and Huma
In an epic interview that will likely go down in campaign history, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell tried to psychoanalyze Anthony Weiner last night–and things did not go well.
Appearing in his last television interview before the polls open Tuesday morning, the long-shot mayoral candidate was asked a single stinging question by Mr. O’Donnell.
In an interview on Meet the Press this morning, Anthony Weiner would not say whether his high-profile wife would re-join him on the campaign trail again.
Mr. Weiner, speaking with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, said he doesn’t know if his wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton, will be at his side, including on Election Day Tuesday.
Guyanese, Trinidadian, and Jamaican cricket enthusiasts received a surprise today: Anthony Weiner.
The former Congressman, who is limping along in the polls, took his mayoral campaign to members of Queens’s West Indian community, where he said he hopes to scrounge up votes just a couple of days before Tuesday’s Democratic primary.
His pitch, he explained, was the same to the Guyanese community as to all voters.
The mayoral candidates made their final pilgrimage to Rev. Al Sharpton’s House of Justice this morning, making their case to Harlem voters as they scramble for support in the campaign’s final stretch.
All of the Gracie Mansion hopefuls have been aggressively courting black support, crisscrossing black neighborhoods and vying for the endorsements of prominent black leaders. But one of the biggest prizes–Mr. Sharpton himself–has chosen to stay mum–a decision that has been seen as a particular blow to Bill Thompson, the only black candidate in the race.
The overtones were impossible to ignore this morning as Mr. Sharpton took pains to stress that he wasn’t playing favorites and tried to convince those in the audience that there was no bad blood between him and the five candidates present: Bill de Blasio, Christine Quinn, John Liu, Anthony Weiner and Mr. Thompson.
Anthony Weiner, known to spar with the occasional heckler, got into his biggest shouting match to date today.
After an Orthodox Jewish man called Mr. Weiner a “scumbag” as he was leaving a Boro Park bakery, the mayoral hopeful furiously spun around to confront the voter.
“Very nice, very nice, in front of kids. That’s a charming guy right there,” Mr. Weiner, chewing on cookies, uttered during one of several campaign stops on a visit to the neighborhood on the eve of the Jewish New Year.
With his prospects next Tuesday looking less than sunny, former Congressman Anthony Weiner tested out a new career Wednesday morning with a stint hosting the weather on Fox 5′s morning show.
About halfway through an awkward early morning interview on Good Day New York, the mayoral candidate was asked what he plans to do if he loses.
The final debate between the Democratic rivals for mayor turned especially catty tonight–especially when the show moved from broadcast television to an online feed–as the candidates made their final pitches to voters one week before the primary.
Once again, front-runner Bill de Blasio had a giant target on his back, but this time the constant digs seemed to take their toll, with the public advocate constantly on defense over his policy plans as well as his record.
“He will say anything depending on whose votes he’s trying to get,” said Christine Quinn, who once led the public polls and ignored Mr. de Blasio, but now finds herself in third place as she hits him on a whole range of issues.
Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has surpassed the 40 percent he needs to win the Democratic nomination without a runoff, at least according to the latest poll.
New Quinnipiac University numbers put the front-running Mr. de Blasio far ahead of the competition, with the support of 43 percent of likely voters. Former Comptroller Bill Thompson and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn are battling it out for second, the poll shows, with 20 percent and 18 percent of the vote, respectively.
And former Congressman Anthony Weiner remains far behind, with 7 percent, trailed by Comptroller John Liu with 4 percent, according to the poll, which comes exactly one week from primary day.
This is it: The last chance for the Democratic mayoral candidates to face off before voters head to the polls a week from today.
And like professional athletes ahead of a big game, each candidate has his or her own way of preparing for the high-stakes showdown. From rocking out to favorite bands to role-playing with aides, here’s what the candidates will be doing ahead of tonight’s final televised debate.