De Blasio, with heavy heart, advises Anthony Weiner to resign

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De Blasio on Tuesday. (Dana Rubinstein)
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Mayoral hopeful and public advocate Bill de Blasio wants you to know he takes no pleasure from Anthony Weiner's newly revived, increasingly ridiculous sex scandal.

"You can't be happy that someone hasn't told the truth," he said, when I asked the former political operative if, as a candidate trailing in the polls, he wasn't happy to see Weiner stumble. "You can't be happy that a public servant has fallen from grace. It's not good for any of us."

Be that as it may, the news that Weiner continued to engage in online sex with strangers after his resignation from Congress, not to mention the emergence of the very substance of that online sex, can only help de Blasio.

The public advocate has been largely overshadowed by Weiner's entry into the race, since the former congressman is also a white outer-borough ethnic and has been competing for many of the same votes.

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It is probably not a coincidence that de Blasio, heavy-hearted though he might have been upon hearing the Weiner news, was the first Democratic mayoral candidate to schedule a press conference addressing it.

At that press conference, de Blasio called for Weiner's withdrawal from the race, even as he insisted it was all quite "sad."

"I believe it's time to have the serious discussions," he said today, at a hastily arranged press conference outside the Fashion Institute of Technology. "It's not about my emotional response. … And if he steps back, I think we can get on with that work."