Mayoral Race for Progressives

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mayoral candidates at a forum on sustainability and green policy. (New York League of Conservation Voters)

Ben SmithBuzzfeed editor in chief, talks about how Anthony Weiner's candidacy affects the other candidates, especially those vying for the progressive vote.


Ben Smith

Comments [6]

Roslyn from Manhattan

Would love to know which candidate is pro tenant.

May. 28 2013 06:06 PM
RJ from prospect hts

From Tenants and Neighbor, as reported in the May 13, 2013, Post:
"Leery tenants could supplant lewd texts as a rising problem for Anthony Weiner.
Michael McKee, one of the city’s leading tenant advocates, skewered Weiner in a full-page article — headlined 'WHY NO TENANT SHOULD VOTE FOR ANTHONY WEINER' — in the latest issue of the Metropolitan Council on Housing’s newspaper.
"The broadside came as more evidence surfaced that Weiner is preparing a soon-to-be-announced mayoral run. He was spotted with his wife, Huma Abedin, filming a campaign-style video on the porch of his childhood Brooklyn home, NBC-NY said.
"McKee said the ex-congressman double-crossed tenants as a city councilman in 1994 and voted to decontrol rent-stabilized apartments renting for $2,000 or more when they become vacant or if the occupant makes at least $175,000 two years in a row. The limits are now $2,500 and $200,000."

May. 28 2013 10:48 AM
lucy from Brooklyn

Quinn, Thompson, deBlasio all in the pockets of real estate interests.
With deBlasio, don't listen to his words, look at what he did when he was the council man in Brooklyn's 39th district. He supported every real estate development against the protests of his constituents.

May. 28 2013 10:41 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Wiener is one of those out & out opportunists. Wiener is out for Wiener, first & last.

When he ran into his embarrassing scandal, few if any of his colleagues offered support, because he didn't have friends in Congress, nor did he have the respect of his colleagues. This isn't about bending every way the wind blows, but of developing relationships based on trust & respect.

That ability is a fundamental requirement for politics -- else what can you get done? Wiener seemed only to want to make noise -- to blow his own horn and to criticize and embarrass his opponents with the loudest bullhorn he could use.

On a related point, had a Republican been caught doing what Wiener did (including the lying about it), Democrats/liberals would be clucking about it forever and when some Republicans/conservatives rallied around a comeback effort, they would be criticizing those who would support him after his scandal. But when the shoes are on the other feet....

(Of course, Republicans/conservatives are guilty of the very same double standard.)

May. 28 2013 10:33 AM
antonio from baySide

Basically since he said the words that shall not be spoken by most dems, "single payer health care" Weiner is hard to resist...However the real deal in progressiveness is...
1. Lui
2. Weiner
3. De Blasio

May. 28 2013 10:31 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

If that amoral, disgusting reprobate, Wiener, gets elected, this city will deserve what it is going to get. These amoral "progressives" are going to bring back the kind of miserable city it became from the late '60s until Giuiliani brought back sanity and stability in 1992.

May. 28 2013 10:29 AM

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