Quinn and Weiner Clash Repeatedly in Televised Mayoral Debate

Christine Quinn and Anthony Weiner at tonight's debate.
Christine Quinn and Anthony Weiner at tonight’s debate.

The era of good feelings in the mayoral race–if it ever existed in the first place–is officially over. 

Pulling no punches, the five leading Democrats tangled repeatedly at a mayoral debate televised by ABC tonight, marking the latest and most furious phase of the long campaign. While all of the candidates traded barbs, it was Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Anthony Weiner who exchanged perhaps the most bitter blows.

“So, Anthony’s right, we’ve all heard a lot about his personal issues. For me, the bigger issue is his record,” said Ms. Quinn in response to a question about Mr. Weiner’s sexting scandal. “I listed some of what I’ve accomplished in City Hall. But if you look at Anthony’s record in Congress, it was passing one piece of legislation at the request of a campaign contributor who was a tobacco distributor. That is not a record of results for middle class New Yorkers.”

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Councilwoman Castigates NY1’s Latino Debate as ‘Farce’

The candidates on stage at the debate. (Photo: NY1)
The candidates on stage at the debate. (Photo: NY1)

One City Council member was not pleased with a televised mayoral debate held on Wednesday, but her ire was reserved for the questioned asked, not the answers given.

In a letter obtained by Politicker, Councilwoman Annabel Palma slammed NY1, NY1 Noticias and the Latino Leadership Institute, who hosted the debate focused on Latino issues. Specifically, Ms. Palma accused the organizations of turning the debate from “substance” into “farce.” Continue reading “Councilwoman Castigates NY1’s Latino Debate as ‘Farce’”

Mayoral Campaigns Reflect on Their Awesome Debating Skills

Erick Salgado. (Photo: NY 1)
Erick Salgado. (Photo: NY 1)

After the conclusion of last night’s second televised mayoral debate, the campaigns of two Democratic candidates–Bill de Blasio and Erick Salgado–stood up and proudly issued press releases declaring victory.

“Mayoral candidate Erick Salgado wowed the audience at Wednesday evening’s Mayoral Forum, held in Hunter College’s Danny Kaye Theater,” the Salgado campaign said in a glowing, dozen-paragraph assessment of his performance. “Salgado had the audience of over 800 cheering in response to almost every issue or proposed initiative he discussed.”

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Weiner Volunteers Show Up in Force at Manhattan Debate

A sign-wielding Anthony Weiner volunteer outside a Hunter College debate yesterday.
A sign-wielding Anthony Weiner volunteer outside a Hunter College debate yesterday.

A pack of boisterous Anthony Weiner volunteers nearly overwhelmed rival camps last night outside the first televised debate of the ex-congressman’s mayoral campaign. Several dozen strong, the Weiner devotees serenaded the once-fallen legislator with cheers as he crossed Lexington Avenue, their numbers dwarfing their opponents’.

“Anthony! Anthony! Anthony!” the volunteers, many of them in their twenties and thirties, chanted as Mr. Weiner–clad in a suit and jacket for perhaps the first time on the campaign trail–shook hands and schmoozed with his fans outside of Hunter College. The event was highly-orchestrated but nevertheless demonstrated that Mr. Weiner, nearly a month into his campaign, has been able to wrangle together a solid number of volunteers despite an embarrassing Twitter scandal that drove him from Congress two years ago.

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