Most candidates become better known as a campaign progresses.
Most of the questions from reporters, though, was about Anthony Weiner, the former congressman who resigned his seat in 2011 because of a sexting scandal involving a variety of women.
Should women not vote for him because of the scandal? What did you make of his second-place finish in the poll? Should he even be running for mayor? At one point, Times reporter Michael Grynbaum asked Quinn if, during her walk-and-talk tours throughout the city, she's gotten a sense from New Yorkers about whether Weiner should return to politics.
A new WNBC-Marist poll shows Anthony Weiner still has a base of support among Democratic voters and indicates that the nomination will get settled in a run-off if he runs.
If former congressman Anthony Weiner were a mayoral candidate, he'd have more Democratic support than any primary contender other than City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, according to an NBC New York Marist poll.
The news, such as it is, emerging from yesterday's Quinnipiac University poll of the Democratic mayoral primary is that support for the front-runner, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, dropped five percentage points.
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Hours after a Quinnipiac University poll was released showing a majority of New Yorkers supporting the creation of an inspector general for the New York Police Department, Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson unveiled his public safety platform.
"Today I'm setting a clear goal," said Council Speaker Christine Quinn. "By the year 2023, not a single New Yorker should ahve to spend more than an hour commuting in either direction."
"In my humble opinion, we've got to stop holding ourselves hostage to the idea that we can't make policies that piss off the rich people or drive big corporations away," John Liu told the Association for a Better New York this morning at the Roosevelt Hotel.
Most of the on-the-record commentary about Anthony Weiner's interest in running for mayor is more positive than I would have expected, but far from welcoming. The real conversation happening now is among the active Democratic mayoral candidates who are trying to convince reporters that Weiner's return is good for their candidate, and bad for someone else.
Weiner would be one more man in a primary that already has four of them running against one women. He's also from Brooklyn, like two of the other candidates. And he's popular among the far left crowd who, arguably, were never really behind the front-runner, Christine Quinn, anyway.
A wealthy 27-year-old from a prominent real estate family has decided not to run for an open City Council seat in Coney Island, and will instead open a political action committee focusing on small businesses in order to shape the agenda in races around the city, according to a person with first-hand knowledge of the plans.
Is there room for Anthony Weiner in the New York City mayor's race?(1)