Anthony Weiner was rather frank this afternoon about embracing puns linked with his last name.
When asked about his apparent endorsement from hot dog-eating champion Joey Chestnut, winner of the last six Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contests, Mr. Weiner said today he was glad that Mr. Chestnut was in his corner.
“Joey Chestnut obviously has an affinity for Weiners. You don’t get to be where he is unless you do,” Mr. Weiner told reporters following a press conference at City Hall discussing ways he thinks the city is too controlled by Albany.
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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.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn’t finished lecturing the press about their coverage of former Congressman Anthony Weiner. In fact, New York’s mayor is so frustrated, he’ll kvetch on the topic unprompted. Indeed, Mr. Bloomberg began his weekly radio interview this morning by answering an unrelated question with complaints about Mr. Weiner and the Fourth Estate.
“Look, the press is talking about Weiner, and not his policies but his–you know,” he replied to the inquiry about Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s transportation proposal, proceeding to pooh-pooh the plan as unrealistic. “At least Quinn has got some ideas … At least she’s talking about something–policy–and something that’s important about the city.”