Citing that ‘illicit sexual Twitter scandal,’ Joe Lhota raises off Anthony Weiner’s new position

Lhota in his M.T.A. days. (M.T.A. via Flickr)
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"It won’t take me long to convince you to send me an urgently-needed contribution to my campaign," writes Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota, in a fund-raising email sent out this morning. "In fact, I think it will only take seven words: One of my opponents is Anthony Weiner."

A poll released last night found former Rep. Anthony Weiner leading the Democratic field of mayoral candidates, at least before the runoff.

Lhota is apparently disturbed, and thinks you should be too.

"Like me, I’m sure that you had hoped to have seen the last of Anthony Weiner when he resigned from Congress following an illicit sexual Twitter scandal and botched cover up, but he’s back and desperate for political redemption," continues the email. "Now a candidate for mayor of New York City, he is so determined to be back in the spotlight that he’s padding his resume with dubious claims like bragging that he coined the term 'Obamacare' ... But it’s the same old story with Anthony Weiner. First, he lies to the public, the press and his family. And then he makes up his own facts. This is a pattern that is simply unacceptable. To make matters worse, it appears that what he is doing is working -- a poll released just yesterday shows Weiner leading the Democrat primary … and it’s up to us to stop him."

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Thus far, none of the Democratic candidates, except for former councilman Sal Albanese, have criticized Weiner directly for the personal scandal that ended his congressional career.