Former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s media marathon today was even more expansive than it initially appeared, spanning at least six local channels as he seeks to repair his tarnished brand in the wake of an infamous Twitter scandal that forced his exit from Congress two years ago. In several of the interviews, Mr. Weiner hinted that additional lewd photographs or stories about his digital sex life could emerge, but he perhaps went the furthest on the topic with FOX 5′s Ti-Hua Chang.
“I’m sure that stuff is going to come out,” he answered when asked if anything “salacious” may still arrive. “Some of it may be true, some of it not … But I’m certainly not going to do anything more to bring anything up. But I know that people are digging around all the time.”
Mr. Weiner, who’s exploring a campaign for mayor, further said that some of women he contacted online may decide to sell their stories for attention, but suggested the press could simply ignore them going forward.
“Our Democratic Party, all I can tell you is, it went from darkness to light. It’s the best way to put it,” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said last night as he stood before $300,000 of Christmas lights and animatronics. “And the wisdom prevailed and guess who becomes the head of one of the largest Read More
Hurricane Sandy is currently battering the five boroughs, and the city’s public officials are out and about, touring their districts and surveying the damage. In the slideshow to the left, we’ve collected a sampling of the flooded streets and downed trees that they’ve shared on Facebook and Twitter.
Sometimes they’ve sent warnings to their constituents as well. “By the way, lots of people there at cusp of water taking pictures and frolicking about,” Staten Island Councilman Jimmy Oddo wrote to his Facebook followers when he visited what used to be a beach. “As Mom used to say, it’s fun and games until someone gets swept into the ocean and washes up dead on Sandy Hook. Or was it it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye? Or no ball playing in the house? I digress.”
World leaders gathered in Los Cabos, Mexico for the seventh annual Group of 20 summit on Monday. As part of the festivities, all of the assembled heads of state posed for a cheerful family photo–except for one. According to the White House pool report from the photo shoot filed by the Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee, photographers asked the leaders to wave for the cameras and Russia’s once and future strongman Vladimir Putin declined to pose for the picture.
“They all said to wave to the cameras, and most of them did. President Putin didn’t wave,” Ms. Lee wrote.
Here is a photo of Ron Paul wearing a backwards hat and waving his hands in the air like he just doesn’t care.
As you can see in the reflection, the hat says “Ron Paul 2012.”
Here is a photo of the Bush administration’s “torture memo” author John Yoo posing with Darth Vader. Sorry to disappoint any conspiracy theorists desperate for evidence of evil intergalactic villain forces at work in the White House, but in spite of their smiling photo together, Mr. Yoo and Mr. Vader aren’t actually friends.
Party Like a Rockstar
Former State Senator Pedro Espada and his son, Pedro G. Espada, who are both currently on trial for corruption, had a habit of throwing lavish parties for the ex-politician’s young grandson. These extravagant kiddie parties have come up multiple times at their trial where a videographer claimed then-Senator Espada tried to get him to Read More
Newt Gingrich has made his mark on this presidential race with his “big ideas” and his desire to have three hour marathon debate with anyone who will take him on. With his victory in this week’s Georgia primary and polls showing him leading in Alabama and Mississippi, Mr. Gingrich is preparing to make a “last stand” in the race for the Republican nomination although he’s well behind Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in the delegate count. Since it’s probably Mr. Gingrich’s last hurrah and, well, since it’s Friday afternoon, we decided it would be a good time to release a treasure trove of odd Gingrich family photos we found deep in the recesses of Facebook that give a very special, behind-the-scenes look at the candidate and his third wife, Callista. Check out our slideshow to see Newt as you’ve never seen him before; having his makeup done, hanging out at Auschwitz, going on safari, hobnobbing with classic rock stars, eating egg-on-a-stick and communing with our founding fathers.
Law & Order
Jia “Jenny” Hou, the 25-year-old treasurer of John Liu’s mayoral campaign was arrested on fraud charges this morning for allegedly ”participating in a scheme that used ‘straw donors’ to funnel to the campaign” with “large, illegal contributions that were well above the individual limit.” Her Facebook page indicates Ms. Hou is a native of Beijing who lives in Flushing and has studied at Rutgers. Ms. Hou is the second person arrested in conjunction with the investigation into Mr. Liu’s fundraising.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg flipped the switch to launch the Times Square ball drop and ring in 2012 last night with the help of Lady Gaga and an awesome, patriotic sweater. Happy new year from all your friends at The Politicker!