Anthony Weiner comes under almost-certainly unauthorized attack from a de Blasio fan
This is probably not how Bill de Blasio, the meticulous political operative who ran Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign, would have planned on rolling out his 2013 mayoral campaign.
As Azi Paybarah reports, Bill Samuels, a New York Democratic donor and activist who is supporting de Blasio's undeclared candidacy and is a former finance chair of the New York State Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, singled out Anthony Weiner for criticism from among the other probable 2013 candidates, for opposing redistricting reform.
“For Weiner to stand up and publicly state he does not back independent redistricting, and it’s a political process and should remain so, is ridiculous," were his words.
Actually, it seems incredibly unlikely that Samuels is talking as a surrogate for de Blasio here in any way that is even remotely sanctioned.
Redistricting reform, and legislative reform in general, is a big issue for Samuels—he currently runs a group he started called the New Roosevelt Initiative, which backs "reform-minded" legislative candidates—but it's relatively insidery stuff that has historically been much more interesting to editorial boards than to voters.
Also, it's 2011.
When supporters of de Blasio (and/or John Liu, Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson and Scott Stringer) do eventually start pushing storylines about Weiner, they will almost certainly have less to do with his position on redistricting than with the gap between Weiner's public profile and his record of accomplishment.