Video: Weiner polls second in mayoral race as campaign expands

posted at 10:01 am on May 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Hey, if Mark Sanford can find redemption at the polls after having an affair, why can’t Anthony Weiner after, er, exposing himself? Let the campaign of a thousand double entendres begin! Weiner inexplicably provides the first in his video, talking about the plight of the middle class and the lack of traditional upward mobility — saying that “it’s getting harder and harder every day.” No, I’m not kidding:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=x92OWufIWcU#!

Difficult, Anthony, difficult.  Someone get this man a thesaurus, please.

Nonetheless, Weiner is finding some sympathy for his big comeback.  According to a new poll in the Big Apple from Quinnipiac, Weiner enters the race in second place behind Christine Quinn in the Democratic primary — but with only 15% in a crowded field:

Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner formally unveiled his campaign to become New York City’s mayor late on Tuesday, and just a few hours later, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows Weiner remains in second place in September’s Democratic primary following his six-week trial balloon. With Christine Quinn‘s standing in the primary continuing to slip, according to the poll, the City Council speaker edges closer to losing her early frontrunner status, and the race is wide open.

Quinn leads Weiner, 25 percent to 15 percent, the poll shows. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former Comptroller Bill Thompson, the party’s 2009 nominee, are tied for third place, each earning 10 percent of the vote. John Liu, the current comptroller, is at 6 percent, and former Councilman Sal Albanese is at 2 percent. More than one in four voters, 27 percent, are undecided.

In the previous poll, conducted about a month ago, Quinn led Weiner, 28 percent to 15 percent.But while the change in Quinn’s vote share is within the margin of error, she has slipped significantly on another important measure. Asked whether they approve of the way she is handling her job as Council speaker, 59 percent of Democrats say they do, while 30 percent disapprove. In early April, 68 percent of Democratic voters approved of Quinn’s job performance, compared to only 14 percent who disapprove.

In order to avoid a runoff, the Democrats have to give 40% of the vote to one candidate in the first round, and that looks less and less likely.  Weiner’s entry into the race will almost ensure that Democrats have to endure two rounds of voting, which may not make Weiner very popular, either.  That 15% so far looks like a ceiling rather than a floor, as Quinn’s erosion hasn’t improved Weiner’s standing at all.

And why should it?  At least with Sanford, an argument could be made that his affair was a private matter (although his disappearance from office and ethics violation were certainly not).  Weiner took photos of his genitalia and published them, inadvertently or not, to women other than his wife.  That’s the kind of behavior that we’d expect people to give up as teenagers, not indulge as members of Congress.  Weiner then tried to lie about it and issue accusations about the motives of his critics, and only admitted it when his lies and denials were no longer sustainable.  Is that the kind of accountability that voters want in New York City?

It’s entirely possible that Weiner has redeemed himself and truly repented of his actions; I hope that he has, for his own sake and for his family. That doesn’t mean that voters owe Weiner a position of responsibility, just as they didn’t owe one to Sanford, either.   Voters never did get an opportunity to hold Weiner accountable for his actions — but they certainly do now. If the Big Apple cannot find a candidate with a better track record on trust and judgment to lead America’s biggest city, then that will be a bigger joke than anything we’ll hear in this season of double entendres.

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Have you seen the field of the other Democratic candidates in the race ? “Motley” would be a compliment — no wonder Weiner’s entering the race; he might actually be able to win, or at least get into a runoff, on name election alone. (and of course, the current front-runner, city council president Christine Quinn, is the anti-Weiner. Or, at least, she’s openly lesbian…)

jon1979 on May 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

posted on the earlier thread about this D-Bag

The most pathetic thing about this guy, and MANY other
people in the Political world is they literally
have no JOB SKILLS other than a degree in BS.

“I’m running for mayor ’cause I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it my entire life.

Look at this quote. What a total load of horsesh*t.
This man has never fought for anything other than his
Bank Account. But the fine folks of NYC will buy this hook, line, and Stinker.

ToddPA on May 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM

ToddPA on May 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM

How difficult is it to beat A. Weiner?
This stuff writes itself.
.
“Anthony’s policies are all limp.”
“When you vote don’t touch the Weiner.”
“Leaving a slimy trail where ever her goes Weiner is wrong for New York.”
Mess with Weiner and you’ll get screwed.”

LincolntheHun on May 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Weiner’s poll position rises to second. #WeinerHeadlines

Good Lt on May 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Tony of the small swinging d*ck.
Bloomberg just small.

vityas on May 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Redemption is over-rated.

I’m sick of these disgraced politicians getting up before cameras and make the claim “that isn’t who I am.” Yeah it is. Weiner is a guy who gets some sexual thrill from sending pictures of his crotch to strangers. A perfect leader for one of America’s most oppressive cities.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM

The voters of NY will get exactly what they deserve.

Meople on May 22, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Unzipped and ready for action! Go-Weiner-Go!

Pork-Chop on May 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Is he in yet?

JimLennon on May 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Has he conquered his electile disfunction?

Rich H on May 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Demented and dangerous sinners.

I thought you knew that ersatz sex perverts are less destructive than liberals.

“It’s entirely possible that Weiner has redeemed himself and truly repented of his actions;”

As long as he is a liberal Democrat, the redemption of his exhibitionism or weird sex practices is like having a non polluting motor on an army tank. The toxic muzzle discharges are the real problem.

LOL

IlikedAUH2O on May 22, 2013 at 10:23 AM

The voters of NY will get exactly what they deserve.

Meople on May 22, 2013 at 10:15 AM

thread winner!

It’s stunning that the Weiner does, in fact, appear to be the best choice of the Dem primary group.

bofh on May 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

New Yorkers, I really have to ask, doesn’t the term ‘Mayor Weiner’ leave a bad taste in your mouth?

LincolntheHun on May 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Video: Weiner polls second in mayoral race as campaign expands

Expands? In girth? Length?

UltimateBob on May 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Unfortunate use of the word “expand” in the headline. Must commence scrubbing of inner eyeballs now.

natasha333 on May 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

There’s only one thing that I could wish to see in the Wiener campaign, and that is for someone like Breitbart to step up to the podium and take over one of his speeches.

UltimateBob on May 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Being from New York if he couldn’t MAKE it there he couldn’t make it anywhere so he was outsourcing.

docflash on May 22, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Oh, he’d like to be a tumescent Mayor Weiner,
that is what he’d truly like to be.

‘Cause if he was an tumescent Mayor Weiner,
everyone would gather round to see!

M240H on May 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I think he should pull out.

faraway on May 22, 2013 at 10:37 AM

“A Kosher hot dog is one you can trust.”

Source: Current Hebrew National ad campaign.

IlikedAUH2O on May 22, 2013 at 10:37 AM

I don’t think the majority of people are voters that care about moral issues…where is the outrage about anything currently happening?
They vote for the person who represents their personal interests…not the countries and not bcos f moral integrity.
It’s just the fact we don’t want to face…Rome is burning, look away!

rebekahhuang on May 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Saddest part of it… at this point I’m actually rooting for Weiner.

It’s incredibly doubtful a Republican would win, and Weiner would actually be a small step up from Nanny Bloomberg or batcrap crazy Christine.

That’s just how sad NYC has gotten.

Gingotts on May 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Once again proving that Modern American Liberalism is a mental disorder.

clippermiami on May 22, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Weiner and NYC deserve each other.

wright on May 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Campaign slogan suggestion:

Bend over New York City! Here comes Wiener!

I can’t think of a more fitting place for the guy.

applebutter on May 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Oscar Mayor Weiner, hotdog!

kirkill on May 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Weiner/Holder 2016

Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

DevilsPrinciple on May 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Don’t count the Wein-man out…Marion Berry was videotaped smoking a crack pipe with a hooker in a hotel room, and the liberal DC voters made him mayor again.

God help NYC.

JetBoy on May 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Saddest part of it… at this point I’m actually rooting for Weiner.

Gingotts on May 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

You mean you’re pulling for Weiner.

How firm is his grip on the issues?

JimLennon on May 22, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Solid evidence that this twerp can do nothing else in this world but run for public office.

rjoco1 on May 22, 2013 at 11:03 AM

While I hate his politics and think he is a scumbag, considering South Carolina just elected Mark Sanford to the U.S. House of Representatives, I’m not going to care too much about Weiner’s wiener in the NYC mayoral election. If the conservative south can overlook Sanford’s indiscretions, liberal NYC isn’t going to care about wiener pictures.

Monkeytoe on May 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Weiner’s entry… Democrats have to endure

Ed?

kunegetikos on May 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

‘Weiner Coming Up Short’

…sorry….had to do it.

easyt65 on May 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Are people volunteering for his campaign, or is he still short-staffed?

JimLennon on May 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Does it still count as a double entendre when the guy’s name is “Weiner?” That sounds like pretty much straight up entendre to me.

Straight up… hee-hee.

JohnW on May 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

This could be a bit premature…

chewydog on May 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Weiner Still Not Strong Enough for Number One

#WeinerHeadlines

Good Lt on May 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM

I’m not so sure why everyone is getting on Weiner (insert joke here). He broke no laws. The only one he owed an apology was his wife. We shouldn’t expect politicians to be little angels, and when it comes down to it, what he did was really nothing.

Of all the things to care about when it comes to politicians, this is a 1 on a scale of 1-1000. It’s amusing, but of no consequence in the greater scheme of things.

William Teach on May 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Oh God, there is a God! Finally, laughing to the point of tears again. And need I explain why?

Thank you so much, Mr. Weiner, for your resurrection?

Tsar of Earth on May 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Saddest part of it… at this point I’m actually rooting for Weiner.

Gingotts on May 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

You mean you’re pulling for Weiner.

How firm is his grip on the issues?

JimLennon on May 22, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Ah, of course. Well played.

As for issues, I expect he’ll be hard on crime. Probably soft at times when it comes to other things.

Gingotts on May 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Weiner poles

superdave on May 22, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Wiener is a chancre on the body politic.

Hopefully this will be his final public comeuppance, and he will shrivel away from the public spotlight (and camera) for good.

glcinpdx on May 22, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I think a better choice of words for your the race “Expands” would be that the race “Stiffens”.

inspectorudy on May 22, 2013 at 1:56 PM

So support for Weiner is swelling?

tpitman on May 22, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Voters never did get an opportunity to hold Weiner

For which they are eternally grateful.

James on May 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Have you seen the field of the other Democratic candidates in the race ? “Motley” would be a compliment — no wonder Weiner’s entering the race; he might actually be able to win, or at least get into a runoff, on name election alone.

jon1979 on May 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

So what you are saying is that the candidates aren’t the cream of the crop?

scrub_oak on May 22, 2013 at 2:27 PM

NYC – You deserve a weiner :-)

antisocial on May 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM

What has Sanford to do with Weiner?

Pathetic. What a sanctimonious jerk.

Adjoran on May 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I’m waiting for him to name Andy Dick to his staff.

Sad thing is I don’t think Weiner could be any worse than Bloomberg.

BillH on May 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Has he gotten the Hebrew National endorsement yet?

PJ Emeritus on May 22, 2013 at 3:42 PM

…as campaign expands

Shouldn’t that be “…as campaign swells“?

Has he gotten the Hebrew National endorsement yet?

PJ Emeritus on May 22, 2013 at 3:42 PM

I thought it was BallPark Franks that “plump when you cook them”?

GWB on May 22, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Weiner polls second in mayoral race as campaign expands

He’s going to have to blow a huge wad ($$$) if he wants to win…

BigSven on May 22, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Isn’t America great! The perverts can have their like minded candidate. Even New York should not elect a flasher.

scboy on May 23, 2013 at 6:34 AM