Christine Quinn to the rescue

Quinn. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Why is it that Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer are leading in public opinion polls for their respective citywide races? 

Chris Cillizza says it's because Democratic voters don't think sexual impropriety is as bad as financial wrongdoing. Marc Ambinder goes deeper, arguing that Weiner and Spitzer can be their authentic selves, instead of maintaining the phony personas most politicians present to the public.There is also the role the two men's wives are playing, by supporting, or at least consenting to, their spouses' return to politics.

Some supporters told me it's because both men are seen as fighters (against Republicans, the Democratic establishment, whatever).

Harry Enten has argued that it's just the particular circumstances of the two races that make their candidacies plausible: Weiner is running in a crowded field, so getting votes from the fraction of Democratic primary voters who really, really like him may be enough for him to advance. Spitzer is running against an opponent who many voters simply don't know.

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And at times, they've simply caught a break. 

At a church recently, Weiner invoked Nazi Germany in talking about the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics, which in other circumstances would have been an automatic cue for tabloid-cover outrage.

Instead, the Post and News front pages today feature one of his rivals, Christine Quinn, who went to the aid of an intern who fainted during a press conference and waited more than a half an hour for an ambulance.

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“When asked why I lost, I used to say, ‘Why do you think?’… I did not want to say it out loud, but it’s time. Now I say, ‘Racism, plain and simple.’ ” — David Dinkins

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How can Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer be leading? Basically, Democrats don't consider sexual impropriety as bad as financial wrongdoing, which is "reflective of how the Bill Clinton impeachment scandal played out." [Chris Cillizza]

A spokeswoman for Weiner clarified his comments that drew a connection between the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy and Nazi Germany. [Carl Campanile]

Governor Andrew Cuomo's denial that there are loopholes in the state's campaign finance laws is "a reversal from his election-year rhetoric." [Ken Lovett]

James Weisman of the United Spinal Association said he's considering suing the New York City Board of Elections to prevent it from bringing back the old lever voting machines in the upcoming elections. [Chester Soria]

State officials will announce that insurance rates for individuals are set to drop in half. [Ron Caryn Rabin and Reed Abelson]

From Capital

Clinton donors give to Anthony Weiner. [Reid Pillifant]

Huma Abedin is a key bundler for him. [Azi Paybarah]

Weiner announced his opposition to the mayor's taxi plan, and got an infusion of donations from the taxi industry, which also opposes the plan. [Azi Paybarah]

Bill Thompson's campaign noted the connection. [Dana Rubinstein]

Michael Bloomberg: "We know that the jury's instructions [in the George Zimmerman case] included stand your ground language that upends traditional principles of self-defense." [Dana Rubinstein]

Seth Pinsky, president of the mayor's economic development corporation, leaves for a real estate job. [Dana Rubinstein]

Scott Stringer demands Eliot Spitzer release five years worth of tax returns, which Spitzer, so far, declines. [Azi Paybarah]

Spitzer's campaign website is up, more or less. [Azi Paybarah]

An intern fainted during a Quinn press conference, and handed the Democratic mayoral candidate an issue. [Dana Rubinstein]

Events

"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in the New York City area."

Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn's campaign schedule is "EMBARGOED UNTIL DATE AND TIME OF EVENT"

11 a.m. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman makes an announcement about Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, at the intersection of Fulton Walk and Oceanside Avenue, in Breezy Point, Queens. @AGschneiderman #Sandy

12:30 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after making an announcement at The New School, 2 West 13th Street, Manhattan. @MikeBloomberg

12:30 p.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has a Q&A after making an announcement with City Council members, in the Red Room of City Hall. @ChriscQuinn

12:55 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese addresses the crowd at the Music Brings Life Summer Concert, at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn. @SalAlbanese2013

1 p.m. Tenants PAC will endorse City Council candidate Antonio Reynoso, at the Los Sures David Santiago Señior Center, 201 South 4th Street, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. @Antonio4Council #CD34

1:15 p.m. Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota greets voters and tours the Gourmet Glatt Supermarket, 1274 39th Street, Brooklyn. @JoeLhota4Mayor

1:30 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio vista the Hamilton Grange Senior Center, 420 West 145th Street, Manhattan. @DeBlasioNYC

1:30 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson and State Senator Jose Peralta discuss ending excessive fees and fines on small businesses, at the Pimpollo Colombian Restaurant, 32-39 Junction Boulevard (between Northern Blvd. and 32nd Ave.) in Elmhurst, Queens. @BillThompsonNYC @SenatorPeralta #NYC2013

2:15 p.m. De Blasio greets voters at Pathmark, 300 West 145th Street in Harlem, Manhattan. @DeBlasioNYC

3:30 p.m. Lhota visits the Sephardic Bikur Holim, a social service agency, at 425 Kings Highway, Brooklyn. @JoeLhota4Mayor

5 p.m. Democratic comptroller candidate Scott Stringer has a media availability while launching the first ever "nighttime Union Square Green Market," at Union Square West and 15th Street (south entrance to the west side of the market) Manhattan. @Stringer2013

6 p.m. De Blasio speaks at the Future of Food in NYC mayoral candidate screening, in the Tishman Auditorium at The New School, 66 West 12th Street, Manhattan. @DeBlasioNYC #FutureFoodNYC

6:30 p.m. Albanese speaks at the Future of Food in NYC mayoral candidate screening, in the Tishman Auditorium at The New School, 66 West 12th Street, Manhattan. @SalAlbanese2013 #FoodFoodNYC

7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall": newly announced mayoral candidate Jack Hidary. Also, commentary from Curtis Sliwa and Gerson Borrero. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @JackHidary #NYC2013 @CurtisSliwa @GersonBorrero

7 p.m. Hidary greets supporters at AlleyNYC, 500 7th Avenue, Manhattan. [HidaryForMayor] @JackHidary

7:30 p.m. Thompson speaks at the Future of Food in NYC mayoral candidate screening, in the Tishman Auditorium at The New School, 66 West 12th Street, Manhattan. @BillThompsonNYC #FoodFoodNYC

7:30 p.m. Albanese stops by the Muslim Consultative Network's 4th Annual Iftar, at th eTurkuaz Restaurant, 2637 Broadway, Manhattan. @SalAlbanese2013

8:30 p.m. Lhota meets with the Council of Young Jewish Presidents, Sidley Austin, in Room 23-113, 787 7th Avenue, Manhattan. ["This event is closed to press"]

Mayor's Race

The once-exciting Joe Lhota candidacy isn't getting much attention, and his first major policy address "failed to produce a single headline the following day." A supporter grumbled, "He's got to come up with some more controversial issues." [Jill Colvin]

New candidate Jack Hidary has Joe Trippi and Richard Strauss on his team, and a commitment to bring jazz music to "every school in New York City." [Michael Barbaro and Michael Grynbaum]

Hidary also spoke to the Daily News. [Simone Weichselbaum]

Christine Quinn's campaign had a private meeting this morning with select supporters to get "your input and feedback into our campaign plans." [Jill Colvin]

Quinn denied Bill de Blasio's assertion that the recent arrested of a nonprofit leader for stealing money he got from the City Council was an indictment against the Council's "member item system." [Derek Kravitz]

De Blasio criticized NYCHA for its delay in responding to thousands of requests for repairs. [Greg Smith]

Quinn will announce the city's plan to spend $18 million over two years to help immigrants get jobs and driver's licenses. [Jennifer Fermino]

Weiner's strong showing in the polls helps boost his fund-raising. [Matt Chayes and Matt Clark]

Bill Thompson's campaign attacked Weiner for raking in thousands of dollars from opponents of the mayor's outer borough taxi plan the day he announced his opposition to the plan. [Jill Colvin]

So did Huma Abedin,who tapped into the Clinton world. [Celeste Katz an Annie Karni]

Weiner and the Clintons declined to comment on the money Abedin raised from Clinton supporters. [Andrew Grossman]

Weiner and Spitzer "don't have to create elaborate and psychologically onerous public personas that cannot possibly be sustained." [Marc Ambinder]

Huma Abedin and Silda Wall are seen as pivotal to their husband's success in the polls. [Jeane Macintosh and Bob Fredericks]

The Times name-checks Quinn, de Blasio, and Albanese but says they want to hear more from the candidates about job creation. [New York Times]

Comptroller's Race

Spitzer said he is a "feminist" and that "it hurts" to hear women oppose his candidacy. [Lindsey Grudnicki]

"Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer played a game of IRS tennis…" [Ivan Pereira]

Spitzer was criticized by watchdog groups for not disclosing his tax returns. [Celeste Katz and Tina Moore]

After Spitzer said he "sinned" and sought "forgiveness," a religious blogger said the former governor was using "religious terms clumsily draped over otherwise naked ambition." [Joel J. Miller]

Spitzer and his wife are living 18 blocks apart, but she assented to his running for office again. [Michael Grynbaum]

"Eliot Spitzer and His Wife Are Living Apart" [Adam Martin]

Al Sharpton said both Spitzer and Stringer called seeking his support. [Jennifer Fermino]

Down-ballot

Mike McGuire and Phil Singer defend the more than $1 million spent by their group, Jobs for New York, on local City Council races. [Michael Howard Saul]

Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes put three campaign contributors on the team that will review 50 murder cases prosecuted by his office. [Selim Algar]

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who is also running for Queens borough president, wants to hold hearings on the M.T.A.'s decision to cut security at bridges and tunnels. [Rebecca Harshbarger]

City Hall / City Council

In his memoir, David Dinkins "accuses Giuliani operatives of spying on his campaign," and "all but inciting the police to riot." [Sam Roberts]

The FDNY said an ambulance wasn't sent sooner to help the woman who fainted at Quinn's press conference because it wasn't a high priority. [Josh Dawsey and Pervaiz Shallwani]

The ambulance arrived "only after Ms. Quinn, surrounded by reporters and cameras, phoned the police commissioner directly for assistance." [J. David Goodman]

By the time the FDNY ambulance arrived, the person in need of assistance had already been transported away by a volunteer ambulance service, Hatzolah. [Jamie Schram and Beth DeFalco]

"Anatomy Of A Med Crisis" [Juan Gonzalez, Jennifer Fermino and Joe Kemp]

"There’s something very wrong when you need political juice and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s private number and help from the fire commissioner in order to get an ambulance to the scene of a medical emergency in, oh, less than half an hour." [Daily News]

An NYPD lieutenant whom Kelly promoted last year but also has numerous allegations of misconduct "is now on desk duty." [Rocco Parascandola, Erik Badia and Dareh Gregorian]

Albany

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants to know why, eight months later, some of the bigger charities haven't distributed a bulk of the money they raised to help Hurricane Sandy victims. [Patrick McGeehan]

Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo claims on financial disclosure forms that she won $28,000 gambling. [Denis Slattery]

Washington

President Obama said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is "well qualified" to run the Department of Homeland Security. [Joe Tacopino]

Obama told a Univision Kelly is "one of the best there is" and that Obama would "want to know" if Kelly's interested in the Homeland Security job. [Joseph Straw]

The Senate negotiated a deal to keep the filibuster. [Jonathan Weisman and Jennifer Steinhauer]

An editorial board says "it’s regrettable that Mr. Reid and the Democrats didn’t vote to change the rules for this Senate and for a future one controlled by Republicans." [New York Times]

How the Pentagon opposes big changes like the one proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand regarding sexual assaults in the military. [Darren Samuelsohn and Anna Palmer]

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