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Weiner's Support Slumps Even in Old District

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner at his first campaign appearance at the 125th subway stop in Harlem. Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner at his first campaign appearance at the 125th subway stop in Harlem. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Anthony Weiner's support is draining away. Once leading the Democratic field for mayor, a new poll out Thursday shows Weiner now trails City Council Speaker Christine Quinn 25 percent to 16 percent. Even constituents in his old congressional district are walking away.

That was the overwhelming sentiment from customers at El Greco, a classic Greek diner in Sheepshead Bay that also happens to sit across the street from Weiner's old office. Elaine and Lois Weisberg were there on Thursday for falafel, spinach pie and some sideline political analysis. The mother and daughter pair used to support Weiner when he was their Councilman and Congressman. But not anymore.

El Greco Diner in Sheepshead Bay

"Not that he broke any laws," said Lois Weisberg, a 52-year-old public school teacher. "But what he did, you'd expect a boy to do in a junior high or high school class and he wants to run our city? That scares me."

It wasn't just women who were eager to weigh in on their former Congressman and current mayoral candidate.

"He's a joke. He's a disgrace to every normal person in the world," said Jack Jellinick, 75, a registered Democrat from Sheepshead Bay. Around his neck, Jellinick wore gold chains with religious symbols including a tiny Jewish star his parents gave him when he joined the service at the age of 18 and two with the badge number of his daughter who retired from the NYPD this year as a sergeant. He said the latest revelation didn't exactly surprise him.

"It's par for the course. This guy is crazy. I mean, who does something like that. Who exposes themself. Do you know anyone normal who does that?" exclaimed Jellinick who said he's known Weiner since he was a "very effective" congressman.

"He did me a number of favors but the converse of that is that the man is crazy," Jellinick said. His lunch companion, Mary Valva, 63, said the latest news about Weiner's online habits shocked and disappointed her.

"I don't know what he was thinking," said Valva who planned to vote for him until the latest incident came out. Her advice to Weiner was to get help. "You should never, ever put yourself out there for the public when you've done it again."

The only diners willing to voice their continued support for Weiner were Barbara Kafah, 66, and her friend, also Barbara (but would not give her last name).

"Everybody's worried about what he's doing personally. I mean, do you care?" Kafah said turning to her friend. "No. It's between him and his wife and it has nothing to do with us," she replied.

But Kafah, who retired from the City Law Department, also had a zinger for Weiner.

"He's not who I want to be texting," said Kafah unable to contain her laughter, "but as far as mayor, he's the best man for the job."

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Steve from NYC all five boros

Yes, he needs help, but all our Mayors have been ego driven arrogant SOB's, so what. On the issues, he is still ahead of all the rest of the candidates! That is the bottom line and you in the media should focus on the real issues. Quinn was a Bloomberg mirror for the first eleven years and extended term limits against the will of the people. Quinn has ads prclaiming concern for middle class, but supports BIG BOX, BIG Businesses and big real estate just like Bloomie and the others! Quinn stopped a vote on the Small Business Jobs Survival Act in the fall of 2009 with 32 council member supporters and killed the bill with her slush fund councilmatic stipends and we have now lost over 360,000 small business jobs just since Oct 2009!

Jul. 26 2013 05:11 PM
Ilene from Curry Hill, NYC

For me, the problem with Weiner's insistence on continuing his campaign has nothing to do with morals, but judgment.
Seems that this run is all about ego & has little to do with a vision or political agenda. I couldn't care less if he has an affair or not, but he's trolling the internet & randomly engaging with strangers. Its not sex, its thrill seeking. Maybe naked hang gliding through the streets of NYC could be fun, but I have a different level of expectation for the person in charge of my city. Recently (on news video) while stumping on the streets of NYC, he ignored, belittled & avoided answering direct questions from a citizen leary of Weiner's agenda.

This is a man who wants what he wants & has expressed disregard for anyone who challenges to have it all his way.
"Just ignore the man behind the curtain."
He won his seat on the city council by distributing an anonymous, race-baiting leaflet days before the election targeting his main opponent. As a senator he can be credited with very little other than a penchant, & ability, to garner media attention.
All in all, he's a political opportunist, & is similarly so on a personal level. That a woman of Huma Abedin's caliber continues to support him is the only point in his favor in my opinion.

So I don't believe this is a person I would trust in the position of mayor. Bloomberg's narcicism at least has had the added benefit of a personal fortune as a bulkwark for many of NYC's cultural institutions. Weiner's egotism & come on, using a handle like 'Carlos Danger,' is an explicit indicator of what drives him personally. What drives him as a politician?
Seems its a desire to be in the spotlight, not for the value of a vision he can bring to people of this city.

Jul. 26 2013 11:27 AM
MikeInBrklyn from Clinton Hill

I am still voting for him because I think he has the best ideas for the city. Now that Quinn - I hope the media will start asking her about her deal with Bloomberg to allow him to run for a third term and her backing by NYC's real estate interests.

Now that we have gotten a bit of sex lies and video tape via Weiner, maybe next the media will concentrate on ideas the canditates are putting forth, so the public can assess canditates in their totality.

M

Jul. 26 2013 11:14 AM
Lisa from Forest Hills, NY

Not sure why his personal business affects his ability to do his job. This country needs to get off the high horse of "morals" when it is likely most of those judging him are guilty of something they would not want made public either. Probably people currently in office do or have done things others would find disgusting. But it is none of anyone else's business and has nothing to do with their job.

Jul. 26 2013 09:34 AM
Hillary Brizell-DeLise from Manhattan, NY

As far as I'm concerned, there is a real disconnect with the new person who is all over the air waves about sexting with AW. People who live in glass houses, you know...

She was obviously going along with this and that seems to be what she does so why is he at fault? He was working through the problem and the only person in the world who matters in this is his wife and her forgiveness.

This was not a violence issue, an assault. This was a neurosis, a psychological defect.

There are so many politicians who have been forgiven much graver trespasses so make your own decision, people, but stop condemning Anthony Weiner and make your own decision at the ballot box and let this family have their lives back.

I am tired of the voyeurism in this society!

We have so many bigger problems to deal with so start expending some energy on getting jobs created, repairing infrastructure, bringing back quality education, all of which are falling off the rails like too many trains lately!

HBD, NYC

Jul. 26 2013 09:24 AM
Hillary Brizell-DeLise from Manhattan, NY

As far as I'm concerned, there is a real disconnect with the new person who is all over the air waves about sexting with AW. People who live in glass houses, you know...

She was obviously going along with this and that seems to be what she does so why is he at fault? He was working through the problem and the only person in the world who matters in this is his wife and her forgiveness.

This was not a violence issue, an assault. This was a neurosis, a psychological defect.

There are so many politicians who have been forgiven much graver trespasses so make your own decision, people, but stop condemning Anthony Weiner and make your own decision at the ballot box and let this family have their lives back.

I am tired of the voyeurism in this society!

We have so many bigger problems to deal with so start expending some energy on getting jobs created, repairing infrastructure, bringing back quality education, all of which are falling off the rails like too many trains lately!

HBD, NYC

Jul. 26 2013 09:24 AM

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