Anthony Weiner opened fire at every one of his prominent rivals at a mayoral forum in Queens last night, heralding the feistiest phase of his campaign as the primary draws near.
Still undeterred by a sexting scandal that has threatened to sink his mayoral bid, Mr. Weiner swaggered through the York College event, managing to take shots at Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu and former Comptroller Bill Thompson, all Democrats battling him to reach a probable runoff. Continue reading “Anthony Weiner Fires Away at Every Leading Rival”→
Comptroller John Liu, known for his rapport with minority groups across the city, drew rare scorn from a predominately black crowd in Queens last night because he dared to make a joke about Anthony Weiner during a heated forum, in which the moderator at one point threatened to turn off a rival’s microphone.
“So I’ll be working day in and day out,” said Mr. Liu, describing how he planned to spend his time if elected mayor, during a forum inside a Laurelton, Queens church. “And you can rest assured at night, I’ll be resting up for the next day’s work … I certainly will not be taking pictures of myself.”
In every way, last night’s Bronx mayoral forum, like everywhere else since he admitted Tuesday to continuing his infamous online affairs, was reminiscent of the first days on the campaign trail for Anthony Weiner.
Mr. Weiner, trying to keep calm, was in the eye of a media storm.
Cameramen had staked out a road leading to the auditorium’s entrance, waiting to ambush him with questions about the controversy. When he emerged, a frenzied scrum swarmed, overshadowing rivals who openly complained about the lack of coverage lent to the campaign issues they cherish.
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.”
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.