Poll: ‘Powerful forces’ may be the least of Anthony Weiner’s problems

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Weiner and Spitzer. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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In a Siena University poll released this morning, 77 percent of registered Democrats say they have an unfavorable view of Anthony Weiner. Among women, that number is 81 percent, and among voters who identify themselves as liberal, it's 75 percent.

Which of course won't stop Anthony Weiner from seeing through his bid for mayor, or continuing to garner a disproportionate amount of attention between now and Primary Day. As a Times story this morning notes, Weiner still has the second-most amount of money on hand, with $6.2 million, trailing only Christine Quinn, who has just over $8 million.

He has just released a new television ad, describing his critics darkly as a collection of "powerful forces" who, for too long, have gotten their way in New York City. Tonight, he'll be interviewed in from of an audience by Ben Smith at a "BuzzFeed brews" event, thirty minutes before the start of a scheduled debate between Scott Stringer and Eliot Spitzer, whose unfavorable number among Democrats in the Siena poll was a relatively modest 51 percent.

A majority of Siena poll respondents said Weiner and Spitzer's candidacies were "embarrassing."

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"Every day that goes by that Stringer has not dented Eliot Spitzer in a real way is another day where voters are getting more comfortable with the idea of Eliot Spitzer returning to office." — Maggie Haberman

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When Scott Stringer owned a bar. [Dana Rubinstein]

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"In a debate, Stringer reveals an uncomplicated anti-Spitzer strategy" [Reid Pillifant and Azi Paybarah]

Lenox Hill Democratic Club stuck with their endorsement of Assemblyman and City Council candidate Micah Kellner. [Azi Paybarah]

The Wall Street Journal's "What's News" box on their front page will shrink from two columns to one. [Azi Paybarah and Joe Pompeo]

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10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: NY1's Errol Louis previews the upcoming debates. And later, Newark mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @ErrolLouis @CoryBooker

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Nassau County D.A. Kathleen Rice: "Weiner is incapable of telling the truth; Spitzer broke the law and was never held accountable for it." [Ken Lovett]

Fewer people are donating to Weiner after his latest sexting scandal. [Celeste Katz, Jennifer Fermino and Annie Karni]

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An employee inside the Brooklyn D.A.'s office was accused of withholding evidence from defense attorneys. [Josh Saul]

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"Why wasn't JCOPE informed of the allegations against Mr. Kellner when they were first made — in 2009? And who else in the Assembly or working for the Assembly might have been accused of sexual harassment without JCOPE knowing about it?" [Times Union]

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Hillary Clinton's pre-2016 theme: path-breaking women. [Philip Rucker]

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