Political observers have often remarked that if Anthony Weiner had simply come clean about his post-resignation sexting relapse in his initial tell-all interview with The New York Times Magazine, he would have fared far better in this year’s mayoral race.
Blast From The Past
Republican Joe Lhota claimed today that a young Bill de Blasio mishandled the Crown Heights riots more than 20 years ago, withholding crucial information from a top deputy to then-Mayor David Dinkins. Read More
Bill de Blasio is upset with rival Joe Lhota’s latest ad.
The ad, released this morning, declared that if Mr. de Blasio wins the mayor’s race, the city will plunge back into an era where violence and riots ruled the streets. But Mr. de Blasio, who is far ahead in the polls, scoffed at the “desperate” move. Read More
Some campaigns point to endorsements from powerful labor unions. Others tout backing from notable elected officials and political clubs.
Upper West Side Councilwoman Gale Brewer boasted today about her former interns.
“Council Member Gale Brewer has been known since she was elected to office, and even prior, for enlisting interns that could make US Senators jealous,” declared the release from her campaign. “During her tenure in the City Council, Gale offered countless internships in her district and city hall offices. “ Read More
As Anthony Weiner’s campaign continues to unravel, the former congressman’s spotty legislative record came under scrutiny–along with his sexting habits–at a forum dedicated to disability issues this evening in Midtown.
After being chased by cameras and shouting reporters down the sidewalk, up and down stairs and into an auditorium, the increasingly agitated mayoral candidate addressed the 504 Democratic Club forum, where members of the media far out-numbered other audience members. (The audience included at least three New York Times staffers, including executive editor Jill Abramson and columnist Maureen Dowd.) Read More
Earlier this morning, scandal-scarred former Gov. Eliot Spitzer was confronted with one of the bluntest question of his short-lived comptroller campaign.
“You solicited prostitution, does your candidacy send a positive message to women who no longer want to be seen as objects?” asked Susan Arbetter, the host of The Capitol Pressroom radio show. Read More
Kristin Davis, the “Manhattan Madam” who was jailed for supplying call girls to former Governor Eliot Spitzer in his infamous, resignation-inducing prostitution scandal, says she’s going to challenge her former client in the comptroller’s race.
“Bring it on,” a surprised Ms. Davis told Politicker during an interview Sunday night, moments after learning that Mr. Spitzer was planning to jump into the electoral arena days before the petitioning deadline. The news also shocked the city’s political establishment and turned the formerly uncontested race on its head.
“Gosh, it’s going to be a fun race!” she exclaimed. Read More
Today’s front-page New York Times story detailing Anthony Weiner’s lack of congressional accomplishments hadn’t been published yet, but last night, Mr. Weiner suddenly found himself defending his record.
It was at a Latino-focused forum and the topic was immigration. And, as he’s done before, the former congressman blamed Republicans for the lack of movement on the issue.
“Unfortunately, every member of the Democratic caucus, you can say, didn’t get much done during the Bush years while I was on immigration committee,” the slender-framed Democrat said, pivoting to a joke. “When I got on that committee, I was six-four, 290 pounds. This is all that is left of me.” Read More
Count Ginger Lee, a stripper who was intimately involved in the sexting scandal that led to former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s downfall, among his detractors as he now seeks the top job in City Hall.
“I do not think Anthony Weiner should run for Mayor of New York City because even now, nearly two years after this story broke, there are still details relating to other women that have not been exposed,” Ms. Lee said in a statement sent to Politicker. “Each time Anthony Weiner deflects or obfuscates these details, my life and perhaps the lives of other women are made more difficult by the increased attention from the media.” Read More