Anthony Weiner Fires Away at Every Leading Rival

Anthony Weiner outside the mayoral forum in Jamaica, Queens.
Anthony Weiner outside the mayoral forum.

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”

Forum Moderator Threatens to Cut Off Rival’s Mic for Dissing Weiner

Anthony Weiner in Laurelton, Queens last night.
Anthony Weiner in Laurelton, Queens last night.

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.”

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The Anthony Weiner Show Overwhelms a Bronx Mayoral Forum

Two supporters of Anthony Weiner unfurl a giant Weiner banner.
Two supporters of Anthony Weiner unfurl a giant Weiner banner.

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.

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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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Weiner Calls for Bowling and Movies in Storm-Ravaged Queens

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Anthony Weiner “testifying” at a Queens mayoral forum last night.

A revved up Anthony Weiner strode into a Baptist Church Thursday night and told a minority-heavy crowd that he would build bowling alleys and movie theaters in the Hurricane-ravaged Rockaways.

And he even, to enthusiastic applause, took on the jargon of a preacher.

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LGBT Conversation Causes Mayoral Heckling at Flatbush Forum

New York City Mayoral Candidates Attend Political Forum
Bill de Blasio. (Getty Images)

Two mayoral candidates, Bill de Blasio and Christine Quinn, responded aggressively after a heckler berated Mr. de Blasio last night for defending gay rights.

“Shame! Shame!” yelled an Orthodox Jewish man at the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition forum as Mr. de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, attempted to explain why a Democratic rival, Erick Salgado, was wrong for criticizing gay pride parades. Continue reading “LGBT Conversation Causes Mayoral Heckling at Flatbush Forum”