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Anthony Weiner: Candidate for Mayor

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner in the WNYC Studios talking to Brian Lehrer (Jody Avirgan)

The New York City mayor's race just got another high-profile entrant. Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner discusses his bid for mayor and his plan for New York City.

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Anthony D. Weiner

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Comments [84]

Lee B. from NYC

WHAT? WHAT? WINENER doesn't want to say what he wants to do in any respect with regards to women's interest? THAT'S a change of tune. Why? Because he has a sophisticated ideological position concerning women's gender. I can't believe this misogynistic, lying FLASHER is being viewed as a viable candidate, and a democratic candidate no less, for mayor. He should apologize and explain to women, as well as to everyone who wants to know why a LIAR, a person who repeatedly engages in DECEPTIVE PRACTICES," deserves the office of MAYOR of NYC. His action was demeaning to women and a betrayal He has *never* apologized for the *acutal* nature of his offense. I echo the concerns of these posters:marie from Queens
Please ask Mr. Weiner to explain how what he did differs from flashing? I don't understand the apparent quandary over classifying what he did using emails, particularly in assigning moral value to it. Just because modern technology has provided flashers with a new venue, his urge and the action he took on it is indistinguishable from those that have always characterized flashers.

Would we even consider nominating or electing someone with a documented history of flashing, had he not availed himself of the internet's way of allowing even the most cowardly flashers to be effective? Would it have made any difference if the victim had not pressed charges?

Maybe the better question is whether we'd seriously consider Christine Quinn's nomination, were we to learn she'd flashed someone - unsolicited and unwanted. My guess is people would be calling for her resignation from her current position, and that would be the end of her political career.

Finally: Mr. Weiner seeks to redirect attention to his "real" goal -- helping the middle class of NYC. Since women are slightly more than 50% of the general population, and given that mostly the highest income population is male, this suggests he wants to help women who are middle class. How are we to assess what a flasher considers that women "need"? Will one of his election promises be providing NYC women with his email address so they can be sure to put it on their "blocked" list?

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elaine from despairsville
I am so angry at Anthony Weiner that I get physically ill thinking about him and his crap. How dare he take the respect and trust that people on the liberal democratic side of the aisle were proud to give him and throw it away on self-indulgent egocentric nonsense. He abused his office by being truly offensive to women who reached out to him because of his office. To me, there is no coming back from that to serve in any public office. This run for office just shows his insatiable need for attention. Using his wife and child in that ad was also in poor taste. Shame on him and shame on his if we vote for him. Can't we do better than this? Let's show him and the city that we want better, we deserve better and we won't settle for less. There are many other non-public ways to serve.

Jul. 03 2013 10:30 AM
rose from brooklyn

Wiener stating that he will do away with the Citi-bikes and majority of the bike lanes got my attention. It's on the right side of the working and middle class. Businesses suffer economical, all residential communities suffer on a level of quality of life from this program.

I took a look at his past political record. It has always shown his concern for these groups. And if it's true about the unions, it baffles me that they are not considering him for Mayor.

May. 28 2013 10:38 AM
David Morss from uws

My issue is not with Anthony Wiener himself, but with WNYC's seemingly obsessive coverage of him. Let's hear more about the other candidates! (Heard enough about Christine Quinn to know that gay does not equal liberal...)

May. 26 2013 08:21 PM
SKV from NYC

Anyone But Quinn.

But I like DiBlasio better. And I think the Democrats had better start coalescing around an alternative to the Bloomberg clone/patsy Quinn sooner than later.

May. 23 2013 08:30 PM
DTorres from Manahttan

I like Anthony Weiner a lot, he would be my choice for Mayor of NYC.
I don't care about his sex texting scandal and never did.

I liked John Liu, but I think, that Liu cannot the conviction of members
of his staff for carrying out an illegal campaign fundraising scheme.
I don't believe that Mr. Liu didn't know about it.

Christine Quinn, does not seem emotionally stable to me, she looks on
the verge of having a nervous breakdown and I don't want that.

Bill DeBlasio and his lovely wife, is not someone I want to see
on my monitor as mayor.

Anthony Weiner is intelligent,
highly educated, was a good congressman
and I always liked him.
He turned his wife into the Muslim Tammy Wynette, but that's okay.

I will vote for Anthony Weiner, if his name is on the ballot for NYC
Mayor.

May. 23 2013 07:48 PM
Sredni Vashtar from the Shed Out Back

@thatgirl Loved your show, esp the sailor suit in the opening credits!

We may not live in any of the 5 boroughs, but we DO have "skin in the game." Many of us work in the city or frequent its many cultural events. I myself was in Avery Fisher Hall last week. Policies a mayor gets behind or attempts to quash affect us too. Ex: congestion pricing.

At the very least, being captive to the NY media market, we can't help being informed of the issues and thus educated, have a perfect right to voice our opinions.

Hugs to Don!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2013/05/23/taiwanese_animators_finally_tackle_the_anthony_weiner_story.html

May. 23 2013 04:59 PM
Bob from California

Never thought I'd say it but that Wiener YouTube commercial has me convinced that Anthony's hand-sex issues are to be forgiven. It clearly stems from intimacy issues with a certain gap-toothed hound.

May. 23 2013 04:56 PM
Fax

[[thatgirl from manhattan
If you can't come up with substantive questions and concerns for and about a political candidate, you hardly deserve the privilege of voting. And those of you commenting from NJ, Westchester, elsewhere: you've got no skin in this game. May. 23 2013 03:58 PM]]

Voting isn't a privilege, driving is a privilege. Voting is a right.

May. 23 2013 04:12 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

Some of you are inordinately obsessed with Mr. Weiner's organ; take a look at that with the help of a therapist--or find a playground where you can talk to other 8-year olds about d*cks and other titillating subjects.

If you can't come up with substantive questions and concerns for and about a political candidate, you hardly deserve the privilege of voting. And those of you commenting from NJ, Westchester, elsewhere: you've got no skin in this game.

May. 23 2013 03:58 PM
Working Poor from nyc

The comments expressed on this WNYC board rival that of YOUTUBE's.
Immature to say the least.
Not to the point / self-indulgent.

If this city were really hurting, if the Middle Class and lower class understood what a joke it is to live in NYC - I'd see very very different topics raised on this message board and by the electorate.

I hope Mr. Weiner's campaign stays on point with the Middle Class.
I'm not Middle Class, but it's my hope to get there some day. I won't get there with rents going higher, mayors who oppose sick days off, minimum wage and generally accept campaign funds from developers(Quinn).

May. 23 2013 02:14 PM
Ifeal Naushus from Brooklyn

WNYC has become the radio voice of the Tweeter Weiner campaign. Sooooooo glad I didn't contribute during this pledge drive.

May. 23 2013 01:48 PM

Someone cherry-picked a 2008 NY Times article on a Dutch study to "prove" early-dying smokers save society $$. Nonsense. A more recent, comprehensive study by the CBO found increasing tobacco taxes would save society $$ for the next 50 years, and only then would start costing society less than 0.01 percent of the GNP:

What Effect Would an Increase in the Cigarette Tax Have on the Federal Budget Over the Long Term?

Over the longer term (through 2085 in this analysis), the policy’s effect on people’s longevity would play a growing role, and federal spending would ultimately rise relative to the amounts projected under current law. The increase would continue to be very small, however, compared with the size of the programs involved. The largest total increase would be for Medicare, and even in 2085, that increase would represent less than 0.1 percent of the program’s total projected spending in that year.

On net, the illustrative tax increase would reduce federal budget deficits by small amounts throughout the long-term projection period, primarily because of the additional excise tax receipts (see figure below).

By themselves, the effects of improvements in health (including greater longevity) on revenues and outlays would have the net result of reducing deficits for roughly the next 50 years (see figure below). After that, however, the increase in spending (spurred by greater longevity) would start to exceed the increase in revenues stemming from better health. Whether positive or negative, those health effects on the deficit would always be very small—less than 0.01 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP)—and they would always be outweighed by the increase in revenues from the higher excise tax.

--http://www.cbo.gov/publication/43319

May. 23 2013 12:30 PM
greg pattillo from Brooklyn

More Bassoons! More Wind Quintets!

May. 23 2013 11:57 AM
Mary Ryan Munisteri

My problem with Anthony Weiner in public office is his impulse control disorder. Two years ago, he forgot career and family while playing with porn tweets. Caught, he "explained" with a of string of thoughtless lies, each easily disproved. Now he leaps into the mayoral race, wanting forgiveness and another chance. I forgive, I understand. I wish him well in private enterprise. But will I trust him to make solid judgements for New York City? No way. We have far too much to lose.

May. 23 2013 11:54 AM
Randi from NYC

@David from Fairfield - Its not that conservatives are more willing to excuse or forgive transgressions of their own leaders... they just vote for people who represent their interests, no matter what those politicians do personally. Unlike liberals, conservatives don't internalize "personal failings".

@Eliza from Brooklyn - If disrespect for a spouse is an indication of concern for citizens, then a whole lot of politicians shouldn't be in office. You feel the same way for Bill Clinton, Rudy Giuliani and Eliot Spitzer?

May. 23 2013 11:43 AM
pooloniousmonk from New Jersey

Mr. Weiner is not a candidate for mayor, he is a candidate for forgiveness. His purpose in entering this race is to desensitize the public to his transgressions. Mr. Weiner benefits, therefore, regardless of the outcome of this particular election. A brilliant move for an ambitious young man who has this time to invest in his political future.

May. 23 2013 11:28 AM
Bonnie from New York, NY

I urge candidate Weiner to speak out against the Spectra Pipeline, a giant, high-pressure, "natural" gas pipeline now under construction in the West Village. If Mr. Weiner becomes Mayor, he should stop it! Studies have proven that we DON'T need more gas. It would further enrich the fossil fuel industry and help to destroy the planet. This country needs to transition as quickly as possible to various forms of REALISTIC alternative energy. Look up the work of Mark Jacobson and Mark Delucchi in this regard. If completed, it would endanger the West Village with explosion, accelerate climate change, and bring gas high in lung cancer-causing radon into our NYC homes.

May. 23 2013 11:07 AM
sleepless in suburbia from Westchester, New York

McGreevey, Spitzer, Weiner and more,
Your character, judgement, and gall we abhor.

You think you're so smart; that you're somehow unique,
But because of your penis, you can't seem to think.

Your insatiable craving for public recognition,
Makes you not know when it's time to turn off the ignition.

You had your chance, voters gave your their trust,
Before your identity was wrapped up in your thrust.

There's nothing you offer that outweighs your lack of control.
Though it's hard to convince you that you're no longer on a roll.

It's all about you, we know, instead of your minions.
But believe it or not, we don't need your opinions.

May. 23 2013 10:53 AM

I think I'm done with our all male leadership.

May. 23 2013 10:48 AM
bbabbo from Manhattan

A Twitter pic of Anthony Weiner -- that's rich! :)

May. 23 2013 10:43 AM
David from Fairfield CT

Point is, consevatives are more than will to excuse or forgive the transgressions of their own leaders while waving the morality flag and chiding everyone else for the slights personal failings! They are no different in NYC than they are in SC or LA. Accomplished Hypocrites!

May. 23 2013 10:39 AM
Julie from Manhattan

Why are reporters framing the "sexting" incident as anything other than it really is: misogyny? This woman did not ask to see a photo of his penis. How is Anthony Weiner different from your garden-variety, trench-coated flasher lurking in the park? I'm disappointed in Brian Lehrer and WNYC for giving him airtime and easy questions.

May. 23 2013 10:39 AM
Elsie from Brooklyn

Bike lanes? This is what we're talking about in a city where the economic inequality is on par with banana republics in Africa? Not one word about the unemployment in NYC (which is higher than the national average).

I'm really tired of political candidates pretending to be Average Joes. Wiener and his wife are loaded and have no idea what being middle or working class means in NYC in 2013.

As for his Twitter stupidity, the guy is a narcissistic child. I've had it with these idiot politicians and their addiction issues. It seems like they are the only people stupid enough to run for public office anymore. No wonder our society looks the way it does.

Wiener and Quinn can both take a flying leap to their nearest shrink. We need emotionally stable people in public office, not egomaniacs with sex and anger issues. Enough.

May. 23 2013 10:39 AM
fuva from harlemworld

...Somewhat impressed with this stop and frisk answer...but still not sold.
(Folks, perhaps the Weiner debacle, and all of its *implications*, would be less of an issue if pols could be better held to account. Instead of just seeking trustworthy, humble public servants (in futility?), what we REALLY need to invest in are better, more practical ways to hold them accountable.)

May. 23 2013 10:35 AM

He gave a poor interview.

May. 23 2013 10:35 AM
Deon Alle from NYC, Harlem

Thanks for having Weiner on. I actually have always enjoyed what he says for the middle class. He is forgiven for his misgivings in my book. WHAT POLITICIAN IS SQUEEKY CLEAN???? NON OF THEM SO GIVE WEINER ANOTHER CHANCE!!!! Gosh it was not even illegal what he did. Just look at the other guys and their crap.

May. 23 2013 10:34 AM

Does he know something we don't?
He speaks like he already has the job.
Keep off my bike lanes!

May. 23 2013 10:34 AM
The Truth from Becky

OK, safe to say he won't be getting majority of the female vote

May. 23 2013 10:33 AM
Nancy from Manhattan

I will not vote for anyone who is for DNA swabs for everyone who gets arrested. For those convicted, OK, but for everyone who gets arrested (i.e., wrongly arrested, and/or for minor offenses), no.

May. 23 2013 10:30 AM
M Swift from NYC

Weiner sounded fairly rational until he began rationalizing appropriating public funds for Catholic schools. He won't be getting my vote.

De Blasio anyone?

May. 23 2013 10:29 AM
Tina from Queens

Weiner, Clinton, Edwards, Mitterand, Berlusconi, and so on, and so on...
This is a male problem in general. They are genetically sexual predators.
Science has proved it, people. They will continue to do it till the end of times. Some wifes will divorce them, some will turn their heads away. Some public will loathe them, some will try to forgive them. The reason we hear about them, is because they are public personas. A lot of anonymous men do it. Look around your neighbourhood. They just have the common sense not to run for public office, and remain anonymous.
IF (BIG IF!) he was an efficient politician (if there is such thing in real life), therefore an efficient mayor, than he might do a good job in the seat. But, how can you tell, unless he tries?
I don't like what he did, I'd rather have a moral man as mayor, but
the reason I say give him a chance:
1.Look at junior Bush - a solid family man. Did that make him an infallible leader?....
2.Look at Clinton - worse than Weiner. But a fairly good president.
We live in the real world people. There is no such thing as a perfect human being.
Let the one without a sin cast the first stone.

May. 23 2013 10:29 AM
Tina from Queens

Weiner, Clinton, Edwards, Mitterand, Berlusconi, and so on, and so on...
This is a male problem in general. They are genetically sexual predators.
Science has proved it, people. They will continue to do it till the end of times. Some wifes will divorce them, some will turn their heads away. Some public will loathe them, some will try to forgive them. The reason we hear about them, is because they are public personas. A lot of anonymous men do it. Look around your neighbourhood. They just have the common sense not to run for public office, and remain anonymous.
IF (BIG IF!) he was an efficient politician (if there is such thing in real life), therefore an efficient mayor, than he might do a good job in the seat. But, how can you tell, unless he tries?
I don't like what he did, I'd rather have a moral man as mayor, but
the reason I say give him a chance:
1.Look at junior Bush - a solid family man. Did that make him an infallible leader?....
2.Look at Clinton - worse than Weiner. But a fairly good president.
We live in the real world people. There is no such thing as a perfect human being.
Let the one without a sin cast the first stone.

May. 23 2013 10:29 AM
Eliza from Brooklyn

How can anyone believe that he would care about New Yorkers, when he showed a total disrespect to his WIFE! Weren't they practically newlyweds? Wasn't she pregnant? Is that a caring husband and leader??? Did he think about his child and wonder what that child would think later in life about the time he entered this world? So he says he wasn't thinking... Is he going to be as empty-headed when it comes to your children and other important issues in this city? Pphh...

May. 23 2013 10:28 AM
RJ from prospect hts

It is ridiculous to focus on smoking as part of his health care plan toward single payer. I hate smoking. But it is addictive, addiction is a physiological problem; diabetics like myself occasionally don't manage their cholesterol intake properly--will we be managed and have our insurance premiums altered on that basis.

This is blaming the victim. The focus on phasing out for-profit insurance is the key thing. Public sector unions are often self-insured, which is a separate problem that needs to be negotiated. But blaming smokers--who frequently, like beer and wine drinkers, are pressured by the destructive economy--often use these substances for relief. Even if they don't, even if it's a purely private pleasure, taking the focus from the dissonant, contradictory, unsustainable--unhealthy--profit motive is a waste of time and a diversion from the key issues.

May. 23 2013 10:26 AM
Sredni Vashtar from the Shed Out Back

By the rules of pronunciation I learned in German class, "Weiner" ought to be pronounced not "wiener" but "whiner." Which would be appropriate considering the candidate's sad neediness for attention/approval. As a New Jerseyan, I've watched the shenaningans with an outsider's perspective. Weiner has always struck me as an unprincipled opportunist. Please. Go. Away.

May. 23 2013 10:26 AM
marie from Queens

Please ask Mr. Weiner to explain how what he did differs from flashing? I don't understand the apparent quandary over classifying what he did using emails, particularly in assigning moral value to it. Just because modern technology has provided flashers with a new venue, his urge and the action he took on it is indistinguishable from those that have always characterized flashers.

Would we even consider nominating or electing someone with a documented history of flashing, had he not availed himself of the internet's way of allowing even the most cowardly flashers to be effective? Would it have made any difference if the victim had not pressed charges?

Maybe the better question is whether we'd seriously consider Christine Quinn's nomination, were we to learn she'd flashed someone - unsolicited and unwanted. My guess is people would be calling for her resignation from her current position, and that would be the end of her political career.

Finally: Mr. Weiner seeks to redirect attention to his "real" goal -- helping the middle class of NYC. Since women are slightly more than 50% of the general population, and given that mostly the highest income population is male, this suggests he wants to help women who are middle class. How are we to assess what a flasher considers that women "need"? Will one of his election promises be providing NYC women with his email address so they can be sure to put it on their "blocked" list?

May. 23 2013 10:24 AM
The Truth from Becky

Just don't do it, not a good idea and hopefully people will show you in the votes that they don't believe you have changed "your personal conduct"!

May. 23 2013 10:22 AM
Jordan from Nassau County

Smokers and the obese actually cost the system less than non smoking, non obese people.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/05/health/05iht-obese.1.9748884.html?_r=0

May. 23 2013 10:21 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

It doesn't matter what a candidate says, but only what he (or she) does. The man is an immoral reprobate. If New York elects him, it deserves to back into the sewer as it was pre-1992.

May. 23 2013 10:21 AM
Amy from Manhattan

There's a strong genetic component in the propensity to addiction, whether to tobacco or to anything else. It's not as different from obesity as he thinks.

May. 23 2013 10:21 AM
Nancy from Manhattan

Every hospital should have both an ER and a low-cost clinic, and triage nurses funneling people into the appropriate area for care, which would cut down on the enormous cost (we all pay in taxed) of ER care for those without insurance using the ER for primary care.

May. 23 2013 10:20 AM
anonyme

You need to be grateful till your dying day that Huma stayed with you. She's really so far out of your league if you ask me. But she's also no dummy. Also you did get it done in congress. To me the lapse with camera and cover up was I hope a momentary lapse borne of insecurity that you do need to deal with.

Hey - you could be Dominique Strauss-Khan!

May. 23 2013 10:19 AM
Frank from new york city

I'm open to voting for Anthony Weiner. But he needs to stop talking about himself.

fwiw - My company charges more for health insurance for smokers. It's the way of the world. Public employees need to come back to the 'real world.'

May. 23 2013 10:19 AM
Alice from Park Slope

None of our current mayoral candidates have addressed the three huge new natural gas pipelines planned for NYC. What is Anthony Wiener's position on these pipelines, and on bringing NYC into a 21st century of green energy?

All the new pipelines, which are about 36 inches in diameter, will bring radioactive fracked Marcellus shale natural gas to our kitchen stoves, and are being built by companies with poor safety records. The blast zone for the Spectra pipeline being built in Lower Manhattan, for instance, goes from Tribecca through the West Village to lower Chelsea. Even if the pipleines do not explode, they threaten the health of all New Yorkers because the Marcellus shale gas is the most radioative gas in the United States. It is laced with radon, the leading cause of lung cancer. Pluls, since it is so close to NYC, the radon will not have had the time to decompose -- and it decomposes to lead which isn't terrific either. Radon also is heavier than air, so it sinks to the floor where children, our most vulnerable population, play.

Industry wants these pipelines built, not so much to supply New Yorkers with natural gas -- because we don't need that much more than we already use -- but to gain access to the international market where the price of gas is about 4-5 times higher than here (about $2-3 domestically and $10-15 internationaly). With access to the international market, our low prices of natural gas will disappear, and we will see our gas bills multiple by at least 4-5 times -- not only hurting individuals but industry that relies heavily on energy, thus slowling our meager economic recovery even more.

New York does not need more gas. Instead of converting our dirty oil boilers to natural gas, we can covert them to biodiesel, which is a cheaper, easier and more environmentally friendly conversion. Solar One has mapped which areas throughout our town are suitable for solar panels, and many of these buildings actually are in Manhattan.

Will Anthony Wiener work to protect New Yorkers from becoming more dependent on dirty fossil fuels? Will he be the candidate with the courage to truly lead?

May. 23 2013 10:19 AM
TOH from Jersey City

Good questions, poor answers. I"m tuning out.

May. 23 2013 10:19 AM
PJ from Nj

Americans have to be the most judgemental, self- richeous ppl on the planet. Look closer at the broader society and behind closed doors one would see that the king has no clothes. Who is without fault let him throw the first stones.

May. 23 2013 10:19 AM

Weiner said his sexting thing was personal conduct. If so, why did he boast of being a Congressman in some of the sexts?

May. 23 2013 10:18 AM
arthur pinto from manhattan

Ask him about reports of his abusive behavior reported in the Times to his staff on the Hill
I find that very problematic

May. 23 2013 10:18 AM
suzan from nyc

I always liked Weiner until he said year ago before his scandel, that he would get rid of the bike lanes in NYC.
I think traffic calming, bike lanes and tree planting, good parks, greenign in general have been really positive things for all the people of our city, rich and poor!
I was appalled when he said this and I don't think I could ever vote for him again

May. 23 2013 10:18 AM

It is unfortunate that he cannot acknowledge that his behavior was an addiction for attention, like an adolescent .
Now that he is running for mayor he owes the people a fuller explanation and if he has had therapy for his addiction. I am disappointed that he continues to be evasive on his weird behavior.

May. 23 2013 10:16 AM
Steve from NYC

I would be willing to consider voting for Weiner if he considered his problem to have been a form of mental illness that he has been treated for and that he has some insight into.

Apparently he maintains that he is still befuddled by why he did what he did. I'm sorry but that's not good enough to convince me that he won't do it or some other embarrassing behavior again. It's his right to tell people what he wants them to know. It's my right to decide not to vote for him.

And I have yet to hear him explain why he initially denied his behavior other than that his first natural response was to lie.

May. 23 2013 10:16 AM
Robert from NYC

The only problem I have with this is do I vote for Mr. Weiner or Mr. Di Blasio. Decisions, decisions, DECISIONS! See what you're doing to me, you're causing me to make a choice now after it was clearly Di Blasio before you entered the race!

May. 23 2013 10:16 AM

Sorry,Jesiah but a man's character is most evident in his private and personal conduct. Didn't a good teacher ever teach you that the definition of integrity is how you live your life when no one is watching ? Our children deserve decentleaders of moral integrity who can clearly delineate the line between right and wrong, good and evil and can first respect themselves as well as others. Anyone can be a politician. An honorable, righteous man, a leader, that is another matter altogether.

May. 23 2013 10:15 AM
EQJ from East VIllage

A. Weiner uses word "fulsome" to mean full? Worse than underwear stunt, but not as bad bicycle lane plan.

May. 23 2013 10:15 AM
RJ from prospect hts

I wish the words "poverty" and "the poor," would come out of his mouth.

May. 23 2013 10:15 AM
antonio from bayside

Any chance the congressman could wrestle the MTA out of control from Albany...

May. 23 2013 10:14 AM
Nancy from Manhattan

Mr. Weiner, how would you fight income inequality in NYC, if you won?

May. 23 2013 10:13 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Nah, this is going to be an ongoing distraction.
Weiner will get his matching funds, and has things to offer the world, but he may not be what we need now.

May. 23 2013 10:13 AM
BK from NJ

"Mr. Weiner's wife is a muslim. He is Jewish. What will we do for all the holidays. Will there be a seder for passover??What about those pesky muslim holidays??Will he son go to hebrew school?? If there is a seder, will the inlaws, the unhappy inlaws, be there??

I thought Huma was a spy, an islamic crazy according to the Tea party??Will she pass security??

Was Junior Weiner's weiner circumcised, if so as a muslim or as a jew???"

Really?! Why does any of this matter? Why does his marital indiscretions matter? I think the Puritan response is crazy. Only in the USA do we freak out when a nipple gets shown on TV but 20 people being gunned down in a TV show is just fine? If someone can do a good job, I could care less what he/she does at night, what god he prays to (if any), etc.

May. 23 2013 10:13 AM
caitlin

Please ask why he chose the petty-sounding "kick bad kids out of school" as point number one in his 64-point plan and bury the monumental "single payer health care for NYC" half-way through?

May. 23 2013 10:12 AM
Allen2saint from NYC

He had me until he said 'it just happened." It was a significant personal and professional failing. It didn't just happen. He made a mistake and allowed it to affect his job--working for us.

May. 23 2013 10:12 AM
Amy from Manhattan

What basis do we have besides Mr. Weiner's word for believing he's learned any better? What are the "difficult lessons" he says he's learned--didn't exactly hear him specify them?

May. 23 2013 10:11 AM
steve from Upper west side

I've always liked Weiner's politics, and always thought he'd be a great mayor, and his stupid personal lapse is a big problem but I'm willing to overlook it and allow that he learned his lesson and won't ever do this again... BUT -- if he feels the need to shore up his damaged "family values" image by turning to the right or veering to a more conservative agenda, he will lose me like a balloon on a windy day...

May. 23 2013 10:11 AM
SuBee from NY

I feel our political leaders should have better judgement that that of a 14 year old boy.

May. 23 2013 10:11 AM
Mason from Queens

No, Mr. Weiner, I do not believe that you do "get it". You were entrusted by the voters and given power and authority. You abused the power and the authority. It simply made you cocky. You do not deserve a 'second chance' in public office. Furthermore, I do not believe being the son of a school teacher is a positive event in life. My impression of NYC teaching staff does not allow me to hold them in high esteem.

In short, I will not vote for you. If you are the candidate, I will abstain from voting.

May. 23 2013 10:11 AM
Jesiah from Upstate NY

I also think its incredibly brave for him to come out and fess up about this issue. His honesty is extremely brutal and a breath of fresh air compared to other politicians who would most likely cover it up with at, "i'm a sex addict" or "i was abused." He is a HUMAN BEING!

May. 23 2013 10:11 AM
Elsie from Brooklyn

Do we really need another narcissist with addiction issues in the mayoral race? We already have Quinn for that.

May. 23 2013 10:10 AM
fuva from harlemworld

"I was trying to conceal from my wife this embarrassing thing I had done." Nah, he was trying to conceal his BETRAYAL from his wife. If he can't call it that, is he really taking responsibility?

May. 23 2013 10:10 AM

Mr. Lehrer:

No one wants to listen.

I'll tune back in later.

May. 23 2013 10:09 AM
fuva from harlemworld

It wasn't the perversity of what Weiner did that turned me off. It was the recklessness and the bold-faced lying to citizens.
Does he acknowledge that these were the transgressions?
In turn, why should he be restored to power, given the current crises of competence, accountability and credibility plaguing government representatives in these critical times?
How won't his transgression continue to be a distraction, given the connection between what he did and his name?

May. 23 2013 10:08 AM
Lucy from Brooklyn

Why do we want a known PERVERT as the Mayor of New York City. Besides from being a pervert, the judgement he showed and no less from an esteemed U.S. Congressman, is not forgivable or forgettable. The lieing is the least of it. We expect that from our elected officials. With Weiner as Mayor and Vito Lopez in the City Copuncil, NYC will be the butt of every joke. The bumper sticker should be "no pervs in New York City government".

May. 23 2013 10:08 AM
Jesiah from Upstate NY

I think people need to stop focusing on the private issues of our political leaders and start focusing on their policy ideas and willpower to be great leaders. I think its great and honorable that Wiener is getting back into the spotlight even after his twitter debacle. It's really more important how are political leaders get back up and try again in the face of adversity. NY should give Wiener a second chance and stop focusing on the petty issues.

May. 23 2013 10:06 AM

I won't vote for a quitter or an adult man whose is ashamed of masterbating!
Stay home little boy!

May. 23 2013 10:06 AM
elaine from despairsville

I am so angry at Anthony Weiner that I get physically ill thinking about him and his crap. How dare he take the respect and trust that people on the liberal democratic side of the aisle were proud to give him and throw it away on self-indulgent egocentric nonsense. He abused his office by being truly offensive to women who reached out to him because of his office. To me, there is no coming back from that to serve in any public office. This run for office just shows his insatiable need for attention. Using his wife and child in that ad was also in poor taste. Shame on him and shame on his if we vote for him. Can't we do better than this? Let's show him and the city that we want better, we deserve better and we won't settle for less. There are many other non-public ways to serve.

May. 23 2013 10:05 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I say, all the mayoral candidates should "whip 'em out" and let the ladies and gays judge who's the best coxman for mayor!

May. 23 2013 10:05 AM
john from office

The New York Post would love to have him win. The headlines will be great.

Weiner comes to town

Weiner wins the big one

Weiner has to be stroked for votes!

May. 23 2013 10:03 AM
Herman Humphrey Jr from Brooklyn

Another bumper sticker for my great City,I know there better candidates out there, please let move forward and not turn NYC into a "WEINER" joke.

A VOTE FOR WEINER IS A VOTE FOR WEINER'S WEINER!

May. 23 2013 09:38 AM
oscar from ny

I would rather stay home and watch a rerun of a bad sitcom than to waste my precious time and the citys than to vote for mr Weiner...at best he's a perv..

May. 23 2013 09:03 AM
Carol from West Village

I hope Anthony Wiener is asked whether he lied to cover up his indiscretion AFTER his wife already knew about it. If that is the case, he lied to the press and all of us for political reasons. The answer to that question would make a difference in my support.

May. 23 2013 09:01 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

This is about a mature leader for a great city, OUR great city.....

NOT about Louisiana or supporting anyone just because Republicans in South Carolina are supposedly hypocrites. Who cares?

Good heavens ... is ANTHONY WEINER now our default option??!!!

May. 23 2013 07:59 AM
john from office

Mr. Weiner's wife is a muslim. He is Jewish. What will we do for all the holidays. Will there be a seder for passover??What about those pesky muslim holidays??Will he son go to hebrew school?? If there is a seder, will the inlaws, the unhappy inlaws, be there??

I thought Huma was a spy, an islamic crazy according to the Tea party??Will she pass security??

Was Junior Weiner's weiner circumcised, if so as a muslim or as a jew???

Wowo, this is going to be interesting.

May. 23 2013 07:52 AM
David from Fairfield CT

Those who oppose him, mainly conservatives, will exult the virtues of morality and encourage others to reject him on this basis. Yet, these same conservative hypocrites see no problem in supporting/voting/donating to politicians like Mark Sanford of SC and David Vitter of LA.

May. 23 2013 07:24 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Another suggested bumper sticker for Weiner-

“Huma forgave me ... YOU should, too.”

May. 23 2013 06:25 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

I suggest this bumper sticker....

"VOTE FOR WEINER'S WEINER!"

May. 23 2013 05:51 AM

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