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Anthony Weiner is looking for a pundit job…..


The guy CAN certainly talk…..

Anthony Weiner, whose mayoral bid imploded following revelations that he’d continued sexting long after his resignation from Congress, was already plotting a Plan B more than six months before he lost his bid for Gracie Mansion, sources said.

Mr. Weiner began reaching out to agents who represent talent for television and radio as early as February of 2013–months before he began to seriously test the waters on a return to public life with an April New York Times Magazine story, according to individuals familiar with the conversations.

One agent he was said to have met is known for high-end placements on cable TV networks and represents many household names. According to an industry insider, Mr. Weiner wanted to gauge how a failed mayoral bid would impact his prospects of landing a lucrative TV or radio gig.

“He was exploring his options and what they were at the time and what they may be should he run an unsuccessful campaign,” the insider explained. “It just seemed that exploring his media options became a factor in running for mayor.”

Mr. Weiner, who was a constant presence on the cable news circuit before his resignation from Congress, appeared to especially enjoy that aspect of his campaign, logging dozens of television and radio appearances as he tried to convince voters to give him a second chance at public office…..



I do NOT believe the line that Hillary Clinton has given Weiner’s wife a choose me or your husband thing that the gossip media is reporting….

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New York City Mayoral Hopeful’s back Judges ruling against NYPD Stop and Frisk Policy


While New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg ran a show yesterday against the judge that came down against the Cities Police ‘Stop and Frisk’ actions….

The incoming Mayor is sure to stop whatever measures Bloomberg starts in the next 5 months to fight the ruling….

The only person running for Mayor that has Bloomberg and Police Chief Kelly’s back is GOPer John Catsimatidis and if the polls are anywhere near good he isn’t gonna be Mayor….

Reading the demographic’s of the City of New York….ALL of the other people running for Bloomberg’s job have embraced the judges ruling….

So Bloomberg in vowing to fight the judge and the appointment of a Federal monitor has a scant 5 months to ‘do his thing’ before he’s out on the street’s as a private citizen….(and it looks like Kelly will be also)…..

We’ll see if Christine Quinn gets any fall off in her poll numbers due to her connection to Bloomberg’s 3rd term association with the City Council Leader….

Christine Quinn: (Democratic candidate for mayor; currently NY City Council Speaker)

“Today’s court ruling affirms what we have known for some time, too many young men of color are being stopped in the streets of New York in an unconstitutional manner and that must stop. At the height of this program, some 700,000 New Yorkers have been stopped with the overwhelming number resulting in no arrest or seizing of contraband, that’s why the City needs —and I passed —and Inspector General for the NYPD. The NYPD Inspector General will help review and provide guidance to ensure that stop and frisk is done in a constitutionally sound manner that focuses on the quality of the stops, not the quantity. And as mayor, I intend to work with the federal monitor to help ensure these stops come down dramatically so that we can build stronger relationships between our communities of color and our police force.”

Bill Thompson: (Democratic candidate for mayor)

“As I have said, the present stop and frisk policy violates the constitutional rights of all New Yorkers, but especially innocent blacks and Latinos. Instead of treating our police and people with respect, the Mayor and Commissioner Kelly have imposed what are effectively quotas on the police and treated entire minority communities with suspicion.

“I want to thank the men and women who came forward to testify to ensure everyone’s constitutional rights are preserved. I want them – and all New Yorkers – to know that I will protect our streets and protect the rights of our people. I will uphold the law and work with the Federal monitor to make sure New Yorkers never have to choose between their constitutional rights and their safety. I will ensure the court’s decision fulfills its objective – a New York where everyone is protected by the law.”

Anthony Weiner: (Democratic candidate for mayor)

“This decision sadly confirms what was profoundly obvious. When the police stop tens of thousands of citizens who have done nothing wrong – the overwhelming number being young men of color – basic civil rights are being violated. The policy of using stop and frisk as a deterrent rather than a tool for the pursuit of actual criminals has to change. I would hope that the court considers withholding judgment on the need for a federal monitor until after a new mayor and police commissioner are in place in January.

Last week, I laid out a plan for correcting the abuses of stop and frisk…..


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Bill Clinton on Anthony Weiner…Distance….

The ex-President makes sure the media gets the message……

“Neither Hillary or I was ever involved in the political campaign, and they understood that from the beginning,” Clinton said. “There are too many people running for mayor who have been my supporters, who supported her for senator, her for president.”



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Open Thread for July 30, 2013….Anthony Weiner….

I REALLY want this thing to be OVER in a month…..

I really thought Anthony Weiner was gonna be the next Mayor of the City of New York…

They we found out that he’s pretty dumb…dumb…dumb….

He said he was over with the flirty thing on-line but he wasn’t…

We now have the New York and to some extend national media doing a dance to hound him out of office…

We have his wife , who urged him to run, getting attacked in the media also….

The last two polls out have Christine Quinn in first place  and Bill Thompson , and Bill de Blasio back in the picture….

But there is about 40 more days to go….

Weiner isn’t going to drop out and HE has MORE money than ANYONE in the race….

I really don’t know how this is gonna end up….

But I certainly would NOT be surprised if either Thompson, Quinn or Weiner end up in a runoff…..


Enough Already!


Eliot Spitzer has to be having the biggest laugh of all….

He’s crusin into the NYC Comptroller job after doing worst things and having HIS wife getting ready to divorce him….

Go Figure?

No photo….

Everybody knows what the guy looks like….

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Anthony Weiner drops to Fourth in 2nd Poll after his texting revalations….

The Revelation that he continued texting to female’s AFTER he said he had stopped has driven him to a new low in the New York City Democratic Primary for Mayor in the latest Quinnipiac Poll (7/29/13)…..

The only thing is see wrong with this poll is the order of the candidates in the poll , with Christine Quinn is first, Bill de Biasio in SECOND and Bill Thompson  third , and Anthony Weiner in fourth….

de Biasio has NOT been in this race….

Going into questions in the poll we see a trend…..Quinn is NOW running way ahead of Weiner….

We have roughly 40 days to go….

Anthony Weiner has only himself to blame for his latest political misfortunes..

Congressman Anthony Weiner drops to fourth place among likely Democratic primary voters in the race for New York City mayor as these likely voters say 53 – 40 percent he should drop out, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
There is almost no gender gap, but a wide racial gap on this question: Women say 54 – 42 percent that Weiner should drop out, compared to men at 52 – 37 percent. But black voters say 53 – 42 percent that Weiner should stay in the race, while white voters say 64 – 25 percent he should get out.
Weiner gets 16 percent of likely Democratic primary voters today, compared to his first- place position with 26 percent in a July 24 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn leads the Democratic pack with 27 percent, with 21 percent for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, 20 percent for former Comptroller William Thompson, 6 percent for Comptroller John Liu and 2 percent for former Council member Sal Albanese, the poll finds. Seven percent of likely Democratic primary voters remain undecided.
If Weiner drops out, Quinn gets 30 percent, with 25 percent each for Thompson and de Blasio and 9 percent for Liu.
“With six weeks to go, anything can happen, but it looks like former Congressman Anthony Weiner may have sexted himself right out of the race for New York City mayor,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“And with Wiener in free-fall, it begins to look like a three-way race again.”
A July 24 Quinnipiac University poll showed Quinn at 30 percent if Weiner drops out, with 26 percent for Thompson and 21 percent for de Blasio.
In today’s survey, Weiner gets 24 percent of black Democratic likely primary voters, down from 31 percent last week. Thompson gets 22 percent, with 21 percent for Quinn and 16 percent for de Blasio. Weiner’s support among white voters drops from 23 percent last week to 7 percent today.
Having a “strong personal moral character” doesn’t describe Weiner at all, 38 percent of New York City likely Democratic primary voters say, compared to 26 percent who said “not at all” last week. A total of 14 percent say having moral character characterizes Weiner a great deal or a good amount, compared to 17 percent last week.



When Anthony Weiner jumped into this race he had the National Media covering his back…..

No more…

With no cover …The Metro New York media has been HOUNDING Weiner to drop from the race….

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Anthony Weiner hangs in there….

The guy really doesn’t have any other choice…

The media excitement over his latest admission that he continued to text female AFTER he said he had stopped has put him on the spot….

The last Marist poll that had he drop into second place in the race behind Christine Quinn sealed it for the media…

But Weiner is still out there plugging away…And while he gets some hand shaking from the voters….It IS reported that others assured him that he has their vote….

As I have reported here…..

More polls are gonna be needed to see the damage….

(He STILL remains in a solid second place in the ONLY poll after the latest revelations)

Weiner said his focus would be on discussing the issues important to New York voters and pledged to talk about “ideas for the middle class and people struggling to make it every single day.”

His admission of inappropriate behavior though have cost him his lead in the race, with a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released after the latest scandal over lewd texts showing New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn with 25 percent support to Weiner’s 16.


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Breaking…First Snap Poll after Weiner stuff finds Quinn back in the lead in NYC Mayor Race…..

Marist is out with the first poll of the NYC Democratic Mayoral Primary Race after the latest Weiner revelations aired and it shows  Weiner dropping behind Quinn for the first time in a while….

Weiner stays in second place…Bill Thompson is tied for third with de Blasio….

In light of new revelations that Anthony Weiner continued to engage in lewd online behavior after he resigned from Congress two years ago, Weiner now trails Christine Quinn in the Democratic primary for New York City mayor.  In this first poll conducted entirely after the latest scandalous details emerged, Quinn now outdistances Weiner by 9 percentage points.

Among registered Democrats in New York City, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, if the Democratic primary were held today, here is how the contest would stand:

  • 25% Christine Quinn
  • 16% Anthony Weiner
  • 14% Bill de Blasio
  • 14% Bill Thompson
  •   7% John Liu
  •   2% Erick Salgado
  •   1% Sal Albanese
  •   2% Other
  • 19% Undecided

Click Here for Complete July 25, 2013 NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll NYC Release and Tables

“For many Democrats the latest revelations about Anthony Weiner are more of the same, only more so,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.  “Weiner has lost his lead and his negatives are at an all-time high.”

There has been a 14 percentage point swing in the contest between Quinn and Weiner.  As noted, Quinn leads Weiner by 9 percentage points….



Come back in a week about a moth out from the election and we’ll see how hard Weiner is damaged.

At this point he’s still in a probable run-off position….

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Charlie Rangel thinks Weiner should hang in there….


I KNOW I’ll get comments on this …..

photo ….Weiner (l.)…Peter King (c.) and Rangel ….an early State of Union I’d guess with King NOT clapping….politico

Longtime New York Rep. Charles Rangel said Wednesday he doesn’t think Anthony Weiner should drop out from the race for New York City mayor.

When asked by MSNBC host Richard Lui whether Weiner should get out of the race before the Democratic primary, Rangel, a Democrat, said he didn’t think the public has been heard yet on the issue.

“No, but I think the public hasn’t been heard yet, really, it’s all been newspapers and TV. Nobody that I know understands at all what Anthony Weiner was thinking about,” Rangel said on MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co.” “But as far as him running or not, you know, constitutionally, politically, anyone can run. But knowing New Yorkers as I do, and I do know New Yorkers, this is not going to be a story by the time we get to Sept. 10.”


Note …

For those who haven’t heard me mention this before…

Rangel asked Weiner to run four years ago before turning Bill Thompson, who narrowly lost to Bloomberg after HE spent upwards of $130 Million to get a third term….

We ALL know about rangel losing his Ways and Means Chair….Right?

Rangel was also on the major players to talk Hillary Clinton into running for the US Senate from New York….

A WHOLE LOT of connections there….

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The NY Times is out with a poll showing Quinn ahead of Weiner in NYC Dem Mayoral Primary by a wide margin?…

What do we have here?

For the past month we have had polls showing Anthony Weiner ahead of Christine Quinn….

Now in the last 7 days we’ve had two polls showning Qinn making a remarkable recovery…..

Early this week we had a poll with Weiner up 3% pts….

We now have a poll out with Quinn up 9% pts

The piece rolling out the poll takes pains to explain that its results ARE at odds with EVERY other poll that shows Anthony WQeiner Ahead of Quinn and takes a fall back position that at least both are on top of the running in the Democratic primary for NY City Mayor….

Something tells me that they are haedging their bets that the poll is a outlier (See Note#2 below)…..

The citywide poll was conducted on landlines and cellphones July 9-15 with 1,010 registered voters, of whom 610 are registered Democrats and 125 are registered Republicans. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points for all voters, four percentage points for registered Democrats and nine percentage points for registered Republicans.

The poll suggests that the race is fluid. Twenty-two percent of Democratic voters are undecided, and 3 in 10 Democrats, and 2 in 10 Republicans, say they are certain they will vote for the candidate they currently prefer.

The Times/Siena Poll results differ slightly from those of other recent public polls, which have suggested that Mr. Weiner is running even with, or ahead of, Ms. Quinn. But all of the recent polls suggest that Ms. Quinn and Mr. Weiner are at the front of the Democratic pack, with Mr. Thompson and Mr. de Blasio lagging behind.

The race for the Republican nomination remains characterized by uncertainty, because most voters say they do not know the candidates. The poll found that the difference between Joseph J. Lhota, a former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and John A. Catsimatidis, a billionaire businessman, was within the margin of sampling error. But, 65 percent of Republicans said they did not have an opinion of Mr. Lhota, and 70 percent said the same about Mr. Catsimatidis.



I KNOW the poll is off because the first part of the piece spaeks glowingly of Chritine Quinn….I haven’t spoken to may NYC Democrats….But the ones I have spoken to have no use for Quinn who supported Bloomberg in his manueving to get a thrird term….NONE like Bloomberg at ALL….

Note #2….

Weiner gets a more solid vote in the poll….

in the absolutly would vote question (#22 in the poll) ….Weiner leads Quinn 41% to 21%

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Breaking….Eliot Spitzer is running for NYC Comptroller…..

Watching Anthony Weiner waltzed first place in the New York City Mayor Democratic Race must have burned Eliot Spitzer up….I mean REALLY burned him up…..

Cause he has NOW decided to follow Weiner back into politics by announcing a run for NYC Controller a job John Liu now has but has to leave due to term limits….

This announcement is HUGE for New York City politics…..


One assumes that Eliot Spitzer, who was the Governor of New York State isn’t gonna STAY in the NYC  Comptroller office for longer than trhe four years he would get inn a first term…..

Everyone is gonna assume that Spitzer, who was the New York State Attorney General is gonna be after at least the Mayor’s job in the city or even looking to get hios old job back as the Governor….

Make no mistake….

If Spitzer wins a hurried up run this fall….

And Weiner does also…..

There IS gonna be a fight for the media attention locally and nationally…..


New York…New York….

It’s a Hell Of a Town, eh?

Oh, yea…..Are New Yorker’s gonna forgive Spitzer who made Weiner’s stuff look like child’s play and is Weiner/Spitzer comparison gonna hurt Weiner in the polls?

Mr. Spitzer, a Democrat, said he was eager to plunge back into politics and believed he could revolutionize the often-overlooked city office into a new model for government accountability and shareholder activism.

“I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it,” he said in a telephone interview on Sunday night.

His re-entry comes in an era when politicians — like Representative Mark Sanford of South Carolina and the New York mayoral contender Anthony D. Weiner — have shown that public disapproval, especially over sexual misconduct, can be fleeting, and voters seem open to those who seek forgiveness and redemption.

Mr. Spitzer, an aggressive watchdog over Wall Street when he served as attorney general of New York, said he wanted to transform the comptroller’s office into a robust agency that would not merely monitor and account for city spending, as it does now, but conduct regular inquiries into the effectiveness of government policies, in areas like education.

Such a reading of the office, which would significantly expand its scope, could put Mr. Spitzer into conflict with the city’s next mayor, much as his reign as attorney general put him at odds with federal regulators of Wall Street.

“The metaphor is what I did with the attorney general’s office,” he said on Sunday night. “It is ripe for greater and more exciting use of the office’s jurisdiction.”



Up until this hit the Comptroler job was proabaly gonna be Scott M. Stringe’s , the Manhattan borough president…..But warts and all ….WE can expect Spitzer name reconition  to cause Stringer problems since he is NOT widely known outside the Island of Manhattan, his boro…..

Note #2…..

It’s gonna be interesting to see how the NYC media treats this…..They blew it on Weiner who has garnered sympathy from voters from the media joking…..Will the same go for Spitzer who most certainly will be a target of media abuse…. 

Note #3 …

While he did retire from office….Eliot Spitzer was NEVER charged witha crime…..He has prervious saud he would NOT run for the NYC Comptroler job…..It is not know if he is current living with his wife…..


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Anthony Weiner the NYC Mayor 2013 Race…”We have to forgive and forget.”

The Dog here has smelled this one from the jump…..

The New York Media missed this one….

Anthony Weiner the US Member that got up and screamed at the GOPer’s…

The Guy who did some dumb shit on the Internet ….

The Guy who didn’t own up the the net  stuff when caught…

The Guy who quit…

The Guy who is married and has a kid…

The Guy has bent his head and then raised it and asked New Yorkers for THEIR forgiveness…

IS getting it…..

And could be on his way to becoming New York’s First Democratic Mayor in 20 years ….

(If he can beat Bill Thompsoan in the primary come September)

photo….Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Anthony D. Weiner said that many New York voters were willing to give him a second chance.

Written off by election experts and shunned by the political establishment, Mr. Weiner has once again upended popular conceptions about him, vaulting to the front of the race for mayor.

Many political insiders are puzzled by Mr. Weiner’s strength in recent polls, which place him neck-and-neck with the longtime front-runner, Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, in the Democratic primary.

Rival campaigns, which long ago predicted that he would never get beyond the scandal involving lewd photos he sent women over the Internet, say his gains are fleeting.

But interviews with more than two dozen New York City voters over the past several days reveal a range of reasons for the attraction to Mr. Weiner.

One is a fascination with the celebrity he has become: an encounter with Mr. Weiner on the street is an event that other candidates cannot replicate, given his fame and outsize personality.

Another factor is his aggressive manner — those who have watched him say he seems ready to fight for their needs.

But other voters say it is Mr. Weiner’s flaws, and his attempts to make peace with the past, that are making them take notice.

“He sounds honest, in spite of what happened,” said Regina McClean, 56, a legal secretary who lives in Jamaica, Queens. “He has a humble spirit to him. We have to forgive and forget.”

With a hotly contested Democratic primary two months away, Mr. Weiner is racing to turn the electricity around his candidacy into votes. It will not be easy: he is running a highly unusual campaign, with a plump war chest of about $5 million but a relatively small army of several hundred volunteers. (His opponents have thousands.)

Mr. Weiner said he was surprised by how warmly New Yorkers had embraced his candidacy, which he announced in May.

“I’m more vulnerable in kind of this weird way,” he said during an interview last weekend at a restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. “They’ve seen so deep into my personal life, I hate to say it.”

But he said he did not give polls too much weight, and he acknowledged that media attention might partly explain his support.

“A large number of people are prepared to give me a second chance,” he said. “I’ve got to prove myself.”


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The NYC Democratic Mayor’s Race Early July 2013….

The longer I look at this race for the Democratic Primary nomination, where the winner will probably become the next NYC Mayor (After 20 years of Republicans)…..

The More I am convinced that it will come down to Weiner vs Thompson…..

Weiner has the media and ‘underdog’ title…Thompson has Labor and the Black vote….

I’m calling it for Weiner right now …..

Anthony Weiner….

Anthony Weiner talking to voters on the Upper West Side.

When campaigns schedule voter meet-and-greets outside of subway stops, they typically entail candidates standing on sidewalks with handfuls of flyers, trying desperately to shake hands with frenzied commuters–often disinterested in being pestered on their way to or from work. But this wasn’t the usual candidate.

This was former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who held court this evening on the Upper West Side. For well over an hour, Mr. Weiner stood surrounded by a crowd of attentive voters, spectators and reporters, fielding one question after the next after the next.

“If I had a soap box I’d climb up on it,” mused Mr. Weiner early on in the conversation, which was reminiscent of the atmosphere at the famed Speaker’s Corner in London’s Hyde Park.

Aside from an early heckler, the reception was overwhelmingly positive, with various locals stopping to pose for photos, listen in and wish Mr. Weiner well. Others peppered him with questions on a host of topics, including education, bike lanes, the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactic, affordable housing and hospital closings.

Among the most interesting came near the end, when Mr. Weiner was asked to name one former mayor and one national political figure he most aspired to be like.

On the city side, he cited Ed Koch. “I liked the first two terms of Koch. This idea of doing this,” he said, gesturing to the group. “Like, he seemed to take joy–the same way I do–in meeting people and talking to them. There wasn’t this sense of condescension with Koch. And then third terms … you hear what I’m saying, get tough.”


Christine Quinn 

Christine Quinn. (Photo: Getty)

Christine Quinn. (Photo: Getty)

Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign shifted gears last month as she tore into her various opponents for their allegedly lackluster records, but she didn’t go after them by name. That changed tonight.

The fireworks began when, during an interview on NY1′s Road to City Hall, Ms. Quinn was presented with rival Bill de Blasio’s argument today that the City Council “has been manipulated by the mayor, especially via Speaker Quinn,” and thus can’t be tasked with reforming the city’s embattled 911 system.

“Bill de Blasio is desperate,” Ms. Quinn shot back. “He is stuck in the bottom of the polls and he’s desperately, and quite frankly, sadly attacking an institution I’m incredibly proud of–an institution he was a member of and in the leadership of for eight years.”

And, when given the opportunity to attack former Comptroller Bill Thompson over his handling of the infamous CityTime project–a city contract aiming at modernizing payroll systems that went vastly over budget–Ms. Quinn didn’t hesitate.

“The comptroller, one of his most basic responsibilities … is to audit. He didn’t do that. He was asleep at the switch and first started taking responsibility and now is blaming other people when he let $700 million basically go right under his nose. That’s a record he has to defend and stop blaming other people,” Ms. Quinn said.

But, in a sign of a new fiery pace of the mayoral campaign, Mr. Thompson and Mr. de Blasio had statements out blasting Ms. Quinn right back before her full interview had even aired this evening.


Bill Thompson…..

Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents bus and subway workers, has decided to endorse Democrat Bill Thompson for mayor, the Daily News has learned.

The union, which has 30,000 members, will make an official announcement at City Hall on Tuesday, a source said.


Former MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, who resigned in December to run for mayor as a Republican, was not invited to apply for the endorsement, the source said.

Before leaving the transit agency, Lhota unsuccessfully negotiated with the TWU for months to try and nail down a new union contract.

Bill Thompson scored an endorsement for mayor from the 30,000-member TWU Local 100.

photo…susana bates for the NY Daily News

Bill Thompson scored an endorsement for mayor from the 30,000-member TWU Local 100.

Thompson told labor brass that he would work with Gov. Cuomo to help them secure a fair contract, but he stopped short of backing retroactive raises, which the union is pushing for, the source said.

Three other Democrats  City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Controller John Liu — all met with union leaders, but Thompson ended up winning out, the source said.


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Anthony Weiner outdoes Christine Quinn at the Gay Priode Parade?

That’s what a piece in the Observer’s Politicker site points to….

Wait ?

How can THAT be?

Christine Quinn IS a gay Married Female…..

Yea ….But she’s got a few problem’s…..

New Yorkers LIKE Anthony Weiner…..

And he’s always been a great campaigner….

Christine Quinn is trying to live down a abrasive style…And the fact that she helped Mike Bloomberg gain a third term AFTER New Yorkers voted that DOWN….

And today it looks like her campaign made quite a few people unhappy….

Anthony Weiner charges up the crowd at Stonewall.

Anthony Weiner charges up the crowd at Stonewall.

Thousands of people flooded Fifth Avenue this afternoon, decked out in every imaginable shade, waving rainbow flags in varying amounts of clothing for the city’s annual gay pride parade. Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case which ultimately led to the dismantlement of DOMA, was among three Grand Marshals who oversaw the proceedings.

Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who was also on hand, sent the crowd into a fervor as he approached the historic site of the Stonewall Inn at the end of the route. Carrying a megaphone and a massive rainbow flag, Mr. Weiner exuberantly rushed down the street engaging the crowd with his energy and championing gay rights.

“Weiner, Weiner!” the spectators chanted as they pushed against metal fences flanking the parade route while the former congressman walked down Christopher Street.

“We love Weiner and you can quote me on that!” shouted 25-year-old Justin Curtis after Mr. Weiner passed, flanked by a slew of supporters who followed in his footsteps, holding a “Weiner!” sign that stretched the length of the street itself.

“You guys know that’s my name right?” Mr. Weiner offered at one point. “We’re not just saying that.” …

Christine Quinn exuberantly greeting the crowd on the parade route.

Christine Quinn exuberantly greeting the crowd on the parade route.

“This year, it was the most political it’s ever been,” said 39-year-old Adam Leskinen, who said he felt that Ms. Quinn had won over the crowd most, in large part thanks to the massive group of supporters that marched with her.

“Her followers were huge. She’s very personable. Most of [the candidates] are. It’ll be an interesting race,” Mr. Leskinen said.

But others said they were put off by the actions of some members of her camp.

“I don’t like Quinn because they just came up and stickered me. They didn’t even ask if I wanted it,” said Mr. Curtis, who told Politicker that someone had plastered a Quinn sticker on his body without his consent. He also said Mr. Weiner’s camp was more lively than Ms. Quinn’s.

Melissa Mazlin, 24, also took issue with Ms. Quinn’s supporters.

“The Quinn people left all their signs and upset all the cops,” she said, pointing to a pile of signs left on the corner of the road at the end of the parade route. “That looks really bad if everything is laying out. If they took signs with them, it’d be much more organized and professional. So unprofessional right there.”


The discarded signs from Quinn's camp.

The discarded signs from Quinn’s camp.

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Christine Quinn carries Mike Bloomberg on her back in her try for NYC Mayor…It hurts…


She is dropping in the polls like a stone….

Anthony Weiner is moving up to the top….

And Bill Thompson is just a inch behind her….

When her campaign volunter’s ring doorbells….

They remind them that Christine Quinn helped Mike Bloomberg do what they th voter did NOT want him to do….Hustle a third term…..

She’s iS  in trouble….

In the Bayside section of Queens, a volunteer had barely begun her sales pitch for Christine C. Quinn’s mayoral campaign when the middle-aged man who answered the door cut her off. “She was the one responsible, in the City Council, for giving Bloomberg a third term,” he barked. “I hold that against her.”

The volunteer calmly countered that it was New Yorkers, not Ms. Quinn, who “voted the mayor back in.”

In Astoria, Queens, a woman in her 30s told another Quinn volunteer that the candidate’s sometimes brash personality had rubbed her the wrong way.

The volunteer gamely explained that Ms. Quinn’s flashes of temper “come from a place of love and passion.”

For all its financial might and political firepower, Ms. Quinn’s once high-flying bid for mayor has suddenly plummeted back to earth, shedding its coveted front-runner status and foreclosing the possibility of a painless path to City Hall. So with two months left in an increasingly unpredictable Democratic primary, she is dispatching a volunteer army unlike any in the race to every corner of New York City, determined not just to promote her campaign, but also to systematically ferret out and rebut voters’ reservations and resentments toward her.

The work of these 1,822 volunteers has taken on an urgency now that polls show her rapidly losing ground, above all to former Representative Anthony D. Weiner, who was all but written off by party leaders and is now running neck-and-neck with her.

Aides to Ms. Quinn are sounding rattled. “The confidence that existed four months ago doesn’t exist anymore now,” one said, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of offending Ms. Quinn.

When Ms. Quinn, the Council speaker, entered the race in March, her candidacy was guided by a set of seemingly solid assumptions: that most voters were happy with the direction of the city; that her sizable lead was stable; and that the political embrace of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was assured.

But the electorate seems unsettled and the strains in her relationship with Mr. Bloomberg have intensified, while her campaign, described by those close to it as cautious and incumbentlike, has so far failed to stir voters.

She now risks appearing robotic and uninspiring next to the spontaneous and wisecracking Mr. Weiner.


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A Look at the NYC Mayors race from the UK’s Guardian…6/28/13


This piece basically repeats what was said when the Marist and Quinnipiac polls came out this week….

Marist has Anthony Weiner up 5% points over Quinn…..The Q Poll has Quinn up by 2% over Weiner and has him tied with Thompson, who lost to Bloomberg four years ago…..

There  are two story lines here….

Weiner has gained as Quin has faltered……

Thompson has gained…..

It is this Dogs view that a possible run off would involve Quin or Thompson AND Weiner…..

It is also this Dogs view that Anthony Weiner would win in a one on one against either….

The New York City mayoral race is a zoo, and we’re all witnesses to it. Over the past two months, I said Anthony Weiner was stronger than initial polling suggested, Christine Quinn might not make the runoff (held if no candidate reaches 40% in the first round) and Bill Thompson probably would end up in the second round. The polling that came out this week makes me doubt none of these beliefs, yet the race remains very unsettled.

This week Marist and Quinnipiac released polls with slightly different, though, mostly consistent results. Marist had Weiner at 25%, Quinn at 20%, Thompson at 13%, Bill de Blasio at 10% and John Liu at 8%. Quinnipiac put Quinn at 19%, Weiner at 17%, Thompson at 16%, de Blasio at 10% and Liu at 7%. You’ll note that both surveys paint Quinn, Thompson, de blasio and Liu in nearly the same place and any differences are within the margin of error. Weiner’s higher percentage in the Marist poll may, as Mark Blumenthal noted on Wednesday, be because he’s in the news a lot and is benefitting from Marist pushing undecideds harder.

That should not be mistaken for Quinn having any sort of strong support. The Marist poll finds that among those who strongly support a candidate Weiner’s lead over Quinn’s extends to 17pt – 40% to 23%. Quinnipiac has her unfavorable rating among Democrats climbing to 31% – 12pt higher than in May and by far her highest of the year. What is going on?

While many analysts were stuck claiming that Weiner was a product of name recognition, they failed to recognize the same and perhaps to a greater extent was true of Quinn. I wrote in March that Quinn didn’t have a record that some Democrats would like once they got to know it. Anti-Quinn advertisements have been running in New York, and they clearly have had an effect.

Quinn had also been polling particularly strongly among African-Americans and Latinos in prior Marist surveys, which didn’t make much sense. Quinn is seen as a kind of heir apparent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg who polls worst among minorities. The latest Marist poll has her falling back to third among blacks at 19% and second among Latinos at 16%. Those numbers may fall further.

Weiner, meanwhile, has seen his numbers climb. In the ballot test, he’s at his high point in both the Marist and Quinnpiac polls. He’s cut his deficit in a potential runoff against Quinn from 15pt down to 2pt per Marist. Marist has his net favorable among Democrats rising from 0 to +16pt in the last month alone, while Quinnpiac show the percentage of Democrats thinking he should run for mayor up to 52% from 41% last month.

It’s easy to say that Weiner’s rise is because more people are hearing his name, but I don’t think that’s necessarily true.



My reasoning is that the Black vote will not be enough for Thompson to beat Weiner  who is a carismic campaigner…..In addition, Weiner will carry the Jewish vote along with East Indians who will be sensitive to his wife ‘s  Huma Abden’s background….Finally, Weiner should somewhat split the black vote (Which tends to NOT be that strong in NYC) in my opinion…..I agree that Chritine Quinn is probably NOT gonna be able to keep with Weiner and Thompson….She’s too closely tied to Bloomberg who is NOT liked very much and who manoeuvred a third term with her assistance….

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Christine Quinn is invisisble in the 2013 Mayors race…


The Speaker of the NYC Council just came out with a book….

It sold 100 copies the first week….That’s alll…

She has NO friends at the New York Times which has dogged her with a spotlight on her close ties to the New York political establishment and again….Rich Mayor Bloomberg…

With Anthony Weiner stealing ALL the New York City political oxygen…..

Quinn has fallen to the wayside…

…..this week, the New York Timesreported that her memoir sold a mere 100 copies in its first week on shelves. Maybe the stunningly low number has more to do with the publishing industry’s troubles, but I suspect that, simply, Quinn isn’t as famous as people want her to be.

Who are the “people” in question? Well, aside from whatever poor editor was responsible for inking her deal and the campaign staff tasked with raising awareness of their boss and the magazine editors eager to anoint a new, substantive It Girl: the people of New York. Although Quinn has been the frontrunner since long before the campaign actually started, there has been a distinct lack of enthusiasm for her candidacy. Even Mayor Bloomberg, whom Quinn supported steadfastly even when it cost her support among progressives and whose administration she is tacitly promising to continue if elected, reportedly cast about for alternative candidates, all of whom were more famous than Quinn. It is difficult to separate out Quinn’s strength from her weakness. Part of the knock against her is that she is a creature bred of her environment, the backrooms of New York politics—the knowledge of which forms the capstone of her campaign. And yet what Bloomberg seems to believe—and what, perhaps, the massive changes that the city has undergone in his three terms proves, in some measure—is that it takes not a compromised operator but a presence to get things done in New York. Bloomberg is clearly of the opinion that you hire a CEO from the outside, not promote from within the ranks.

New York City exceptionalism has always been a thing. But over the last 12 years, the city itself has gotten shinier, cleaner, richer, more full of tourists. The city’s self-image—at least as I, who have only known it in the Bloomberg era, understand it—has less to do with fuhgeddaboutit scrappiness than it used to. Despite the European tourists and the bikesharing, New York has more in common with mainstream American than it used to, and there is nothing we Americans like more than celebrities. Meanwhile, Anthony Weiner, the one genuine national celebrity in the race, performs a burlesque version of that old-school New Yorkese.


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