Anthony Weiner could not, in the end, escape his past. As his supporters waited inside at a primary election party, Weiner’s one-time sexting partner waited on the street hoping to confront him. His staff arranged a sneak entrance, devising a route which took him through a McDonald’s two doors up the street and into a freight elevator shared by the McDonald’s and the party venue. It was a poor end to what had been in many ways, despite a low vote total, a well-done campaign.
We have video from Anthony Weiner’s visit to his polling place. Accompanied by his young son, Weiner discussed the campaign as reporters and photographers came along for what is virtually certain to be the last day of his mayoral campaign. It was vintage Weiner: steady on his standard talking points, open to questions and giving a few flashes of humor, all while projecting a fairly positive attitude despite the likely election results.
We spoke with Democratic candidates concerning Mayor Bloomberg’s comments on Bill de Blasio published in New York Magazine on September 7, 2013.
Update – Anthony Weiner:
(We spoke with Anthony Weiner as he campaigned with his 20 month old son. That accounts for a bit of distraction for Weiner as we spoke, including a goofy facial expression toward the end.)
Five Democratic mayoral candidates met for their final televised debate Tuesday evening. The candidates grappled with each other in a verbal free for all, pushing toward a primary now only six days away. (The full debate is available here.)
Anthony Weiner’s post-debate comments to the press were a masterpiece, highlighting what made him a viable and, briefly, frontrunning candidate. He was funny and engaging, humorously eviscerating his opponents while remaining on message that he is a “candidate of ideas.” His full comments, which run just under 3 minutes, are worth a watch.
Video of all other candidates follows, in order of appearance: Continue reading
Monday’s West Indian American Day Parade included appearances by many elected officials and candidates. Here are some brief moments with a few of those attending.
Weiner’s Parade Performance
Anthony Weiner loves a parade. Every parade. Especially those with loud dance music. (Here’s a past parade worth watching.)
And for those of you who just want to see Anthony Weiner dance, well, you’re welcome.
Will Schumer Endorse?
We asked Senator Chuck Schumer whether he plans to endorse any candidate in next week’s Democratic mayoral primary.
Spitzer on Polls
We asked comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer what he thinks about the recent wide swings in public polls on the race.
Last night the Democratic mayoral candidates had their first “official” debate. After more than 100 forums and debates hosted by different groups around the city, and televised debates on NY1 and WABC-TV Channel 7, the Democratic mayoral candidates participated in their first “official” debate organized by the New York City Campaign Finance Board under the city’s election laws.
For our initial report, we look at a question asked by moderator Errol Louis: “Should you be free to drink a beer on your own stoop?” In some neighborhoods, residents have been ticketed for doing so. Their anger at being ticketed has been further stoked by pictures of Mayor Bloomberg violating the same prohibition, unticketed, drinking wine at concerts in Central Park. We spoke with Anthony Weiner on this topic, who offered a broader assessment.
Tonight, the Presidents Co-op & Condo Council of Queens and the Queens County Bar Association co-sponsored a mayoral candidate forum. Eight candidates attended, appearing before a crowd of 400-500 and answering questions posed by moderator Azi Paybarah. Attendees included, in order of appearance: Sal Albanese, Joe Lhota, George McDonald, Anthony Weiner, Erick Salgado, Adolfo Carrion, Christine Quinn and John Catsimatidis.
Update #3 – Salgado re: Anthony Weiner & His Ideas:
Erick Salgado discusses Anthony Weiner’s adoption of Salgado’s idea, at least according to Salgado.
Update #2 – Weiner Addresses Audience “Audible Groans”:
As Anthony Weiner went to the podium at last night’s forum, a small wave of groans and discontent rumbled through the audience. Here is Weiner’s reaction when asked about the audience response.
Update – Something Positive About My Rivals? Ummm …:
Moderator Azi Paybarah asked all eight candidates a simple, but revealing question: Can you say something positive, or something interesting that you’ve learned, about any one of your rivals? The answers range from very warm and friendly to “all about me.” Watch.
Weiner v. McDonald:
To start our coverage, we have a brief clip of Anthony Weiner and George McDonald crossing paths. You may recall that Weiner and McDonald had a confrontation at an earlier forum. McDonald has been highly, and vocally, critical of Weiner and his sexting.
John Catsimatidis held a press conference this afternoon to urge New York City Council members to not override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act. Catsimatidis was joined by several Republican former elected officials, including former governor George Pataki and former congressman Vito Fossella.
I asked Pataki how he feels about the return of his successor, Eliot Spitzer, to electoral politics.
I asked former congressman Vito Fossella, who resigned in his own sex scandal, for his reaction to the candidacy of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner.
Mayoral candidates flocked to today’s Dominican Day Parade.
To start our coverage, here’s a short clip from Anthony Weiner’s parade visit. It’s important to note that Anthony Weiner wore his special red pants to the parade. To set the scene, during a momentary break in the parade I put my camera down on a very short tripod, with this clip as the result.
Update #1 – Eliot Spitzer:
We spoke briefly with comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer. (We also looked for Scott Stringer. A group of his supporters marched past, but he was not with them.)
Update #2 – Erick Salgado:
We spoke with mayoral candidate Erick Salgado about his exclusion from an upcoming mayoral candidate debate to be televised on WABC-TV.
Update #3 – Anthony Weiner:
Here’s a montage of Anthony Weiner
marching running through the parade.
Following a candidate forum hosted by the Concerned Citizens of Laurelton Civic Organization on August 1st, Anthony Weiner took questions from the press for a few minutes. At times testy, he criticized the media’s focus on his sexting scandal. He accurately noted that when a rival attacked him during the forum, the audience cheered not the attacking rival, but the moderator who demanded that the attacks cease.
Watch the full press availability.
Friends of Rockaway Beach hosted a candidate forum on July 31st, with five mayoral candidates attending.
Update #2 – Anthony Weiner:
Here is Anthony Weiner’s full opening presentation.
Update #1 – International Coverage:
We spoke with a BBC reporter covering the forum about international interest in Anthony Weiner’s campaign.
Press Chases Weiner:
We’ll start our coverage with a quick look at the scene as Anthony Weiner concluded his presentation and, road show in tow, headed for the exit.
Be sure to see our extensive coverage of Rockaway’s post-Sandy recovery, here.
Bronx Community College hosted a mayoral candidate forum this evening. Moderated by Errol Louis, in his 11th mayoral forum of the year, the forum featured separate panels with the Republican and Democratic candidates.
Update #2: Weiner, The Audience & His Rivals
Anthony Weiner mostly succeeded with the audience, as shown in this report. His rivals mounted several attacks on him, without success.
Update: Weiner Media Availability
Here is Anthony Weiner’s full media availability following the forum, which runs about 4 minutes. He repeats his continuing responses: what I did was wrong, it’s all behind me now, I’m not going to answer in detail and I want to talk about issues and don’t care what my competitors say. (Note: The music you’ll hear was playing over the house sound system.)
Weiner Responds to Question of whether he uses “Facebook or Twitter”
The Democratic candidate segment featured a “Lightning Round” of yes/no and “pick A or B” questions intended to provide a peek into the candidates personalities. The final question was not what Anthony Weiner was hoping for.