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.
Blast From The Past
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Planes Trains & Automobiles
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.
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.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former Comptroller Bill Thompson both pulled out of a mayoral forum hosted by charter school advocates at the last minute Tuesday–earning the ire of audience members who accused them of being too scared of crossing the powerful teachers’ union a week before their endorsement vote.
Mr. de Blasio dropped out less than an hour before he was supposed to appear on stage, and Mr. Thompson pulled his RSVP Tuesday afternoon, according to an event organizer.
Anthony Weiner took a beating on his first official stop in Staten Island Monday night.
Mr. Weiner was repeatedly hit by his rivals, including Green Party candidate Tony Gronowicz and former Councilman Sal Albanese, for an old racially-charged campaign flier, his congressional vote authorizing the Iraq War, and his allegedly “coarse” conduct during a candidates’ forum hosted by the Pleasant Plains, Prince’s Bay and Richmond Valley Civic Association.
At a forum in Brooklyn earlier this evening, Anthony Weiner raised eyebrows when he suggested that a woman in the audience was flirting with him.