Is Weiner renting his supporters?

posted at 10:01 am on August 29, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Perhaps this is progress.  Usually people rent politicians, rather than the other way around (via JWF):

Anthony Weiner is having such a hard time generating support for his limp campaign that he has resorted to paying a rent-a-crowd firm to provide “supporters” for his events, The Post has learned.

Some of the gung-ho Weiner crowds, including at the Aug. 11 Dominican Day Parade in Manhattan, were really actors who were paid $15 an hour by the California firm Crowds on Demand, according to a source with direct knowledge of the deal.

The contract came, according to the New York Post, after Weiner’s on-line relationship with Sydney Leathers became public.  Hecklers began dogging Weiner on the campaign trail and New Yorkers abandoned his campaign in droves.  Weiner needed to put on a false front showing that he had some remaining popularity, and with few volunteering for that effort, the only option left was to stage that support.

Actually, what the Weiner campaign wanted was a crowd of thugs to harass the hecklers, but even Crowds On Demand refused to go that far, according to the Post:

Initially, Weiner’s associates asked the company to try and confront hecklers, but the company — fearing liability if there was violence — refused, the source said.

Weiner denies hiring his crowds, but his campaign has been caught astroturfing in its ads.  The Post took a close look at the testimonials from a TV spot now airing in the Big Apple showing regular New York voters endorsing Weiner.  That’s what employees tend to do, though:

In a 30-second ad, 18-year-old Joel Acevedo from Staten Island looks at the camera and proclaims, “As an 18-year-old, first time voting, I decided to vote for the future of New York.” He never mentions he is an unpaid campaign volunteer, but lists Weiner for Mayor as an employer on LinkedIn.

Another person featured in the ad, Mary Elizabeth Elkordy of Queens, used to work as a fund-raising intern for Weiner’s congressional office from December 2008 to June 2009.

Had the Weiner campaign been more honest, the second endorsement might have had more impact.  If Elkordy had argued that she worked as an intern for Weiner and could testify to his skills and talents as a public servant and that those elevate Weiner above his scandals, perhaps it might have caused a few voters to reconsider.  As it is, though, this looks like more dishonesty from a politician who seems to have trouble being honest with anyone — including himself.

JWF offers us this glimmer of hope:

The primary is September 10, so we don’t have much longer to kick this tool around.

Perhaps, but this has certainly been instructive — and necessary, in case Weiner decides to try again for a higher office than mayor.


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Weiner renting supporters… let the jokes begin!

ajacksonian on August 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Being paid is a step up from being forced to attend by your union or boss. At least you get paid.

Blake on August 29, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Justice will have him broke and a loser (redundantly so.)

questionmark on August 29, 2013 at 10:05 AM

It’s not nearly as uncommon as you think. Back in 2010, Russ Feingold was nailed for using a bunch of DC lobbyists as actors portraying “average Wisconsin voters”.

Steve Eggleston on August 29, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Is Weiner renting his supporters?

Ewwww…even for me, that is disgusting imagery…talk about locker room humor.

Man, you buy one…geeeze.

Rent?

Gag.

coldwarrior on August 29, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Weiner has merely graduated to a higher level of astroturfing.

coldwarrior on August 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

So this is where all the “anti-war” protesters went.

Flange on August 29, 2013 at 10:13 AM

he has resorted to paying a rent-a-crowd firm to provide “supporters” for his events,

How is that different than the hired props the unions provide for town hall meetings with the thin-skinned rat? They give those folks bright t-shirts and bus them in to stand behind the podium and laugh and cheer at all the right places.

Obamaphone lady was among a crowd hired by the SEIU and bussed in from another city to protest Romney.

I don’t see what Weiner is doing as all that different.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Usually people rent politicians, rather than the other way around

Isn’t illegal to rent a weiner?

Akzed on August 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Vote for Weiner. The democrats need the crassest, most base, most adulterous reprobates at every level of government.

Murphy9 on August 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

So tired of this guy.

bluegill on August 29, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Oh, renting. Whew. I thought you said tenting there for a minute…

Fabozz on August 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Weiner goes flaccid but it is good that he is being propped up.

dentalque on August 29, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Back in 2010, Russ Feingold was nailed for using a bunch of DC lobbyists as actors portraying “average Wisconsin voters”.

Steve Eggleston on August 29, 2013 at 10:05 AM

At least they were real. I’m trying to remember which Dem couldn’t be bothered to actually stand in front of his boyhood home so they put him in front of a green screen and added the house in editing.

I also remember the selective shots that the Obama people allowed to leave the impression that the Obama acceptance speech was not not being held in the vast empty spaces of a half-filled football stadium. For that matter, only 20,000 people actually attended yesterday’s MLK speech commemoration even though the photography made it appear to be as massive as the original event.

Bottom line don’t believe all you see in the media. Newsflash! They lie!!!!!! ;0

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Oh, renting. Whew. I thought you said tenting there for a minute…

Fabozz on August 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM

It’s just the difference of one key on a QWERTY keyboard….

Steve Eggleston on August 29, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I’ll be so glad when this putz is relegated to the annals of irrelevant history…

OmahaConservative on August 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Mules?

Bmore on August 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

In a sense Obama is doing the same thing. Voters bought and paid for by free cell phones, welfare, food stamps and Obamacare.

MaiDee on August 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Weiner, the Sailor Man.

22044 on August 29, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Isn’t illegal to rent a weiner?

Akzed on August 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

I’d much prefer to “rent” a nice bun.

coldwarrior on August 29, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Literal astroturfing. Potemkin supporters.

/This is the Potemkin era (2008-2013) Yes we can!

Paul-Cincy on August 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

You couldn’t pay me enough to support The Weiner.

Jomama on August 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

In a sense Obama is doing the same thing. Voters bought and paid for by free cell phones, welfare, food stamps and Obamacare.

MaiDee on August 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Romney said as much after the election. He was criticized for saying so.

/don’t use words that hurt
/

Paul-Cincy on August 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

All Democrat supporters are either bought or rented.

Punchenko on August 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

No thread on Obama’s executive gun control measures?

He needs to go.

Murphy9 on August 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

The primary is September 10, so we don’t have much longer to kick this tool around.

After that, he’ll land in some mid-six-figure government (or government-affiliated) job procured by him for the Clintons.

Where are they parking their losers these days? The Clinton Foundation? They used to send them over to Fannie Mae for their high-paying, make-believe jobs, but those gigs have dried up since the housing bubble burst.

AZCoyote on August 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

After that, he’ll land in some mid-six-figure government (or government-affiliated) job procured by him for the Clintons.

AZCoyote on August 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

You think he’ll still have an in with the Clintons once Huma dumps his sorry behind? And make no mistake, she didn’t work this hard to tie herself to a political liability for the rest of her life!

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM

He should rent someone to play himself. Then he could twerk all day long.

WhatSlushfund on August 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM

And the really sorry thing is that DeBlasio, who leads Quinn nearly two-to-one, will probably be much more of a nightmare as mayor than even Weiner would be.

bofh on August 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

He is rapidly becoming my favorite politician. Can we have him run in every Democratic primary, everywhere?

Stick it out, Weiner!!

Chris of Rights on August 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM

“Had the Weiner campaign been more honest…”

I was going to comment that “I choked right there”, but I reconsidered and decided not to.

Tsar of Earth on August 29, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Alternate headline:
Weiner artificially inflates campaign with pay-as-you-go support from Political Viagra, Inc. Keep it up, Weiner! Don’t pull out now!

ghostwalker1 on August 29, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Weiner rents supporters

Renting Jock Straps?

portlandon on August 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM

No thread on Obama’s executive gun control measures?

He needs to go.

Murphy9 on August 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

I suspect that will be dealt with later today. Outside of truly-breaking news, the crew tries to have a fresh front-page post pop up roughly every 45 minutes-1 hour.

Given it hasn’t popped up in the more-frequently-updated Headlines, I think whoever ends up picking it up will want to put his or her two cents’ in before giving us fresh meat.

Steve Eggleston on August 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

This guy is so pathetic.
Oh well. After his wife leaves him and takes their child, he’ll have all the time he wants for sexting.
Besides, does anybody really believe that a marriage between a Muslim and a Jew will end well?

Saverio on August 29, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Jeez, who knew there was a business named “Crowds On Demand”? Is there anything at all genuine about politics? Is there a firm out there named “Hecklers On Demand”?

SpiderMike on August 29, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Jeez, who knew there was a business named “Crowds On Demand”? Is there anything at all genuine about politics? Is there a firm out there named “Hecklers On Demand”?

SpiderMike on August 29, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Yep. They probably have specialists called ‘faint on schedule’. Probably unemployed Hollywood stuntwomen.

slickwillie2001 on August 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Looks like DeBlasio and Spitzer are going to pull it off. I guess all the smart people have left NYC! As much as I loathe Nanny-Cityer Bloomberg, he should have run for a 4th term and spared his constituents the 2 clowns that are coming!

Bob in VA on August 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM

And when he’s done with them he can donated them and deduct $3 per pair!

WryTrvllr on August 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM

JWF offers us this glimmer of hope:

The primary is September 10, so we don’t have much longer to kick this tool around.

Perhaps, but this has certainly been instructive — and necessary, in case Weiner decides to try again for a higher office than mayor.

Prediction: If Huma is not already pregnant again, within about a month after the September 10th primary, which is just about guaranteed to be a failure for Weiner, I’m predicting that Huma will be looking to actively pursue divorce proceedings.

I just can’t see Huma allowing Weiner to drag her through anymore embarrassing publicity sludge after he has clearly shown himself to be utterly without morals or ethics or discipline. Also, if Weiner can’t find some way to provide at least child support, Huma will have no choice but to re-enter the political arena as someone’s chief of staff, if not Hillary’s (looking towards the 2016 election cycle).

UPNorthWolf on August 29, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Is Weiner renting his supporters?

Is Weiner paying them the Democrats’ living wage with full healthcare?

RJL on August 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Fifteen dollars an hour to be part of Rent-A-Mob. That’s better than being a burger flipper and appears just suited for retiree of any party.

MSGTAS on August 30, 2013 at 12:35 PM