Bad Blood Boils at Brooklyn City Council Forum

Chaim Deutsch rises to denounce his Democratic rivals.
Chaim Deutsch rises to denounce his Democratic rivals.

One candidate meowed. Another, taking a page from the Anthony Weiner playbook, rose up to denounce most of his rivals. And a third claimed his Russian opponent, a fellow Soviet émigré, was engaging in Communist class warfare.

The Democratic candidates for the open 48th Council District seat squared off in Flatbush last night, and made it clear, early and often, that they do not like each other.

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Anthony Weiner Expects to Have Bloomberg’s Vote

Anthony Weiner  talking about parking on the Upper East Side.
Anthony Weiner talking about parking on the Upper East Side.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has thus far remained mum on his favored candidate for mayor, but Anthony Weiner is pretty confident he’s got it locked down.

“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,” declared Mr. Weiner, speaking to reporters at a press conference on parking on the Upper East Side, following a raucous forum at Hunter College.

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Weiner’s Legislative Record Comes Under Fire at Forum

Anthony Weiner speaking at this evening's forum on disability issues.
Anthony Weiner speaking at this evening’s forum on disability issues.

As Anthony Weiner’s campaign continues to unravel, the former congressman’s spotty legislative record came under scrutiny–along with his sexting habits–at a forum dedicated to disability issues this evening in Midtown.

After being chased by cameras and shouting reporters down the sidewalk, up and down stairs and into an auditorium, the increasingly agitated mayoral candidate addressed the 504 Democratic Club forum, where members of the media far out-numbered other audience members. (The audience included at least three New York Times staffers, including executive editor Jill Abramson and columnist Maureen Dowd.)

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Bronx Forum Rails Against Weiner Media Circus

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Weiner volunteers await their candidate.

In the middle of a mayoral forum in the Bronx last night, Anthony Weiner announced, for unexplained reasons, that he would be leaving early.

The murmurs in the crowd erupted into outright disgust as a phalanx of cameramen and reporters stampeded from the second floor church room to grill Mr. Weiner on his way out, leaving the forum, once packed with media, virtually uncovered.

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Testy Weiner Unfazed by Sinking Poll Numbers

Anthony Weiner this evening in the Bronx.
Anthony Weiner this evening in the Bronx.

An increasingly short-tempered Anthony Weiner brushed off new poll numbers out this afternoon that show his comeback candidacy tumbling following his latest sexting revelations.

Speaking to reporters this evening during a forum on housing issues in the Bronx, the former congressman insisted he didn’t care about the numbers, which now show him squarely in fourth place after he admitted he’d continued his lewd sexting habit long after his disgraced resignation.

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Weiner Draws Cheers From Forum Following Confessional Press Conference

Anthony Weiner at this evening's candidate forum.
Anthony Weiner at this evening’s candidates’ forum.

Scandal, shmandal.

Less than an hour after a hastily-convened press conference where he admitted to engaging in lewd online conversations with a young woman long after his resignation, former Congressman Anthony Weiner appeared back in top form, drawing loud applause at a mayoral forum dedicated to HIV and AIDS issues at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis center.

In a buoyant mood, acting as though nothing had changed, Mr. Weiner even thanked the media for not leaving after his high-profile event.

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Prospective Mayors Spar on Transportation Policy

Bill Thompson and Anthony Weiner chatting at the forum.
Bill Thompson and Anthony Weiner chatting at the forum.

At a Democratic mayoral forum this morning focusing on New York City’s transportation policies, the candidates often agreed on many of the issues–stated support for bike lanes, for example–but starkly disagreed when it came to several topics, including school bus contracts.

Setting up the dispute, former Comptroller Bill Thompson, the leading candidate for the teachers’ union endorsement set to be announced later this afternoon, defended pricey school bus driver contracts and provisions that protect current employees.

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