Bill de Blasio
Weiner has said issues like this are the kind that candidates should be speaking about, in detail. His rivals don't agree, substatively or strategically.(1)
Mayor MIchael Bloomberg doesn't remember threatening a taxi kingpin. [Dana Rubinstein]
Asked about Anthony Weiner, Bloomberg said the next mayor needs to have good character. [Dana Rubinstein]
Weiner bought into the bike-share program, and says he will not go on an "anti bike lane jihad." [Azi Pyabarah]
Newly declared mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner said he has seen no evidence that the New York Police Department's anti-terrorism surveillance program focusing on Muslim groups has done anything illegal or unconstitutional.(1)
And with Weiner in the race, Quinn's formidable (albeit early lead) over the field of Democratic rivals, is diminished, keeping her well below the 40 percent she'd need to avoid a run-off with whomever comes in second. But that second place challenger may not be Weiner.(1)
Some are happy he's in the race. Some pretended he doesn't exist. The reaction from the Democratic mayoral candidates to Anthony Weiner's entrance into the race varied widely Wednesday morning as campaigns began altering their strategies to factor in the teleginic, well-funded former congressman who enters the race with high name recognition, a ton of baggage, and uncanny ability to alter the public conversation on the campaign trail.
Anthony Weiner launched his mayoral campaign with a video posted after midnight last night, late enough to avoid being on the front page of the New York daily newspapers (thereby avoiding the tabloids' requisite wiener-entry headlines).(1)
The recent spate of anti-gay violence in Manhattan's west side, culminating on Saturday with the shooting death of 32-year-old Marc Carson, has prompted expressions of outrage from New York's elected officials.
The head of the powerful health care worker union said his organization has "the largest political action fund in the country" and will do "what is necessary" to help elect Public Advocate Bill de Blasio mayor.
Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican senator, said he's not phased by the three new ads attacking him that were released today by Bloomberg's gun control coalition. [Reid Pillifant]
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she won't make an endorsement in the Democratic mayoral primary. [Reid Pillifant]
Jim Margolis' assistance on Anthony Weiner's recent film shoot won't count as a donation. [Reid Pillifant]
Meet the new champion of marijuana legalization in New York: State Senator Liz Krueger. [Dana Rubinstein]
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn makes Antonio Reynoso a litmus test. Bill Thompson has reached out to him. Anthony Weiner has not. [Azi Paybarah]
1199 SEIU, the powerful healthcare workers union has decided to endorse Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in the Democratic primary for mayor, according to a source. A spokesperson for the union declined to comment. Aides to de Blasio did not immediately return requests for comment.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand won't be taking sides in the Democratic primary to be the city's next mayor.
"I will not endorse in the New York City mayor's race, until we have a Democratic nominee," Gillibrand told WNYC's Brian Lehrer this morning.
But attacking Thompson for having ties to D'Amato is problematic.
Other Democrats have taken donations and accepted D'Amato's support publicly, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has reveled in his role as the mayoral candidate who would raise taxes on the rich.
"There is no parent or community input in the current administration," said Randi Weingarten, the former UFT president who leads the union's national organization. "People are actually more angry when the mayor is as duplicitous as he is with this. When you pretend to talk to people when you actually don't. [Former mayor Rudy] Giuliani was actually more forthright because he would say he's not listening to people."(3)