Brother Where Art Thou
Man of Mystery
Anthony Weiner says there’s no truth to a new story that claims his brother tried to silence his latest sexting partner as he ramped up his run for mayor.
Earlier this afternoon, the New York Post reported that the former congressman’s brother, Jason Weiner, had reached out to Sydney Leathers to see “if she was going to be a problem,” in the words of the young women’s friend, Lou Colagiovanni.
“She was scared, and very shaken. She got freaked out,” Mr. Colagiovanni reportedly recalled. “She had never met the brother, and here he was contacting her. She had never spoken with him before. She told me about her affair, and that she thought they were trying to find out who they needed to keep quiet.”
Carlos Danger was present at yesterday’s housing policy discussion at Pace University. No, not Anthony Weiner, though the mayoral candidate who allegedly uses the moniker for his online dalliances was there too.
This “Carlos Danger” was a man dressed in a red cape, black mask and “Zorro” hat.
Assemblywoman Deborah Glick is dismissing as “fiction” a report alleging she is leading a coup of female lawmakers to depose Shelly Silver as Assembly speaker.
The New York Post’s Fred Dicker reported this morning that Mr. Silver is facing a “serious leadership threat’’ from 30 Democratic Assemblywomen fed up after being forced to defend him in the wake of the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal.
A day after a plastic surgeon suggested in the New York Post that mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio fix his “heavy” eyelids with surgery, the city’s public advocate said he had no plans to go under the knife.
“We deeply appreciate their analysis,” Mr. de Blasio, laughing, told Politicker this morning. “I like being natural and authentic and I will always be.”
Both at the time of his scandal and now during his political comeback attempt, the New York Post has simply reveled in making pun after pun with Anthony Weiner’s last name. But don’t expect any apologies.
Asked what he’d say to critics who have accused his publication of being immature, Post editor in chief Col Allan bluntly told the Australian news program Lateline, “I don’t know. They got to develop a sense of humor, I guess.”
This morning, the New York Post took a strong jab at Anthony Weiner, running a front-page story on his mayoral campaign’s online internship posting under the headline, “HIDE YOUR KIDS! Sexting king trolls for interns.”
The story itself, which called him “Twitter terror,” bellowed a similar message. “TAKE COVER! Weiner casts net for young aides,” it said of Mr. Weiner, whose political career took a tumble after a 2011 scandal. “Calling all co-eds — sexting king Anthony Weiner wants you!”
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio would like everyone to know that, despite a report indicating otherwise, in his view, the rent is actually too damn high.
The confusion began when the New York Post reported today that Mr. de Blasio, one of the most liberal candidates in the mayors race, was opposed to freezing rents on rent-stabilized properties. The story quoted a de Blasio aide expressing the public advocate’s concern about the potential impact on small landlords, and reported that he had not called on the Rent Guidelines Board to keep rents from increasing. All of his Democratic rivals had made such a call.
The Fourth Estate
When former Congressman Anthony Weiner officially launched his mayoral bid yesterday, he took the unprecedented step of releasing an announcement video in the dark of night and only granting phone interviews with the media throughout the day. Some strongly speculated the strategy was designed to dampen the pun-filled tabloid reactions by entering the race after their print deadlines. If so, the plan worked–mostly.
Mr. Weiner was indeed kept off the front pages yesterday and today, but both the New York Post and Daily News managed to slip in some loud sideswipes. The News, in particular, seemed annoyed. On page 12, an insert read, “Here’s one for his scrapbook. Weiner’s midnight declaration prevented him from getting on the front page. Now for a ‘what if’ …”
What White House?
Yesterday afternoon, Mayor Michael Bloomberg fiercely condemned The New York Times for its lackluster coverage of the shooting death of 17-year-old Alphonza Bryant and its editorials critical of the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy. “Do you think that if a white, 17-year-old prep student from Manhattan had been murdered, The Times would have ignored it?” Mr. Bloomberg sarcastically asked himself. “Me neither.”
Several of The Times competitors took notice.
“Take that, New York Times!” New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin declared in an op-ed piece prominently featuring The Times‘ logo. “And thank you, Bloomy.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo shot down a report Monday that he’s been telling confidantes he knows he can’t run for president in 2016 if Hillary Clinton enters the race.
“There is no truth to the assertion that I’m talking presidential politics and strategy and what Hillary Clinton should do or shouldn’t do or what I’m doing presidentially,” Mr. Cuomo told WCNY’s Susan Arbetter this morning.
“The only discussions I’m having are about how to help the state, how to get the state running, how to make the government a better government,” he added. “And to the extend I’m focusing on politics, it’s my race next year.”