web analytics
May 27, 2015 / 9 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


RACE TO CITY HALL

Harlem Voters Remain Calm Facing Hurricane Anthony

“Oh my God, that’s Anthony Weiner!”
Anthony Weiner courting voters outside a Harlem subway station.

Anthony Weiner courting voters outside a Harlem subway station.

From Jonathan Lemire:

Weiner held the first official event of his unlikely mayoral campaign at a Harlem subway stop early Thursday, then boarded a packed train to the West Village.

Trailed by a crush of reporters and photographers, Weiner drew stares — and some cheers — from flabbergasted onlookers as he led the press caravan on a 16-block walk through the West Village and SoHo to a radio studio where he was scheduled for an interview.

“Oh my God, that’s Anthony Weiner!” exclaimed one man into his cellphone as he spotted the ex-Congressman walking along 7th Ave.

He encountered several children on their way to school and told them: “Tell your parents you met me, that I seem like a nice guy, and that they should vote for me.”

Most passerby greeted Weiner warmly, though it was impossible to tell if they were just drawn to his celebrity rather than his policies… One woman yelled “You got my vote, Weiner!”

Politicker’s Jill Colvin writes the response from voters was largely positive.

“You are the only one who’s able to work with Congress and do something for the city,” said Abdoulaye Fious, 58, who was among those able to make it through the crowd. “He’s much better than anybody else running,” Mr. Fious told Politicker. “He’s part of the city.”

“I’m with you!” shouted another supporter, Sam Morell, 70, who said that he came out to try to meet Mr. Weiner after hearing about the appearance on television, and had hoped to volunteer for the campaign. However, after “seeing this crazy madness, with all the photographers, I have to think about it.”

“To tell you the truth, he has a big mouth and he doesn’t take any s*** from anybody. I mean, he says what he means. He’s a politician, but he’s not a politician,” Mr. Morell explained, dismissing the scandal. “We all make mistakes. It doesn’t matter. I mean, he wasn’t caught with his finger in the pot. He sent out a few photographs a couple of years ago. If Clinton can get away with it.”

Linda Smalls, another voter, said that she was “unenthused” by the whole field of candidates, but that Mr. Weiner would have her vote. “I like the work that he’s done in the past. Even though he made a mistake. We’re human. He’s human. He apologized for it. I think it’s time to move on,” she said. She was also apparently a fan of his lewd messages.

“Instead of a hug, I really wanted a text!” she exclaimed.

In fact, Mr. Weiner encountered just one angry voter who identified himself only as “Done—as in complete, finish.”

“Mr. Weiner, is this just for publicity?!” he demanded, before asking the ex-councilman a much tamer question about what he’d do to stop technology taking over the workforce. “Go ahead Mr. Weineeeer!” he shouted once Mr. Mr. Weiner was done.

Restaurant worker Joe Albaines told the AP he thought the Democrat would make a good mayor.

“He’s a family man. And I think he cares about the middle class,” said Albaines. “I remember the scandal that he went through. But, like I said, that’s between him and his wife.”

Speaking to reporters afterwards, Mr. Weiner addressed his tweeting scandal, saying he wants people to give him a second chance.

“Ultimately, this is going to be up to the voters to decide,” he said, according to Politicker. “I think what I learned today here at the subway stop is that people are going to make their determination based on the interests that they think are important. If citizens want to talk to me about my personal failings, that’s their right. And I’m going to do everything I can to answer them.”

But, he said, “I have to tell you, I was at the subway here for a while and people basically wanted to talk about issues and the challenges that we have.”

“I frankly have been encouraged by how many people say they’re prepared to give me a second chance and just listen to my ideas,” Weiner added.

About the Author: Jacob Kornbluh is described as an up and coming Orthodox Jewish Blogger, writing about Local, national and Israeli politics, and a freelance reporter for various publications. Kornbluh's work has been featured in Haaretz, the NY Times, local blogs, and on local Jewish Radio, Kornbluh also covers the NYC 2013 mayoral race in general and a focus on the Jewish vote in particular at: http://nymayor.blogspot.com. Follow Jacob on Twitter @jacobkornbluh and his daily blog: jacobkornbluh.com


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

2 Responses to “Harlem Voters Remain Calm Facing Hurricane Anthony”

  1. You have to give Weiner credit. The easiest thing for him to do would be to go into private practice and never be heard from again. But, he's out there meeting people and trying to revive his political career. In the scheme of things what Weiner did was relatively insignificant. But, he should have told the truth and not been so defiant to people. From what I heard, he wasn't the most popular person in Washington because of his brash personality. Maybe, his experience humbled him a little bit. We all make mistakes, so let's not get on our high horse and act as if we are saints. If Weiner could do a honest and effective job, he should be given a chance.

  2. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Harlem had no problem voting an admitted tax law breaker back to Congress. Why any problem with a Muslim Brotherhood allied pedophile.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat being carried in a rally last winter.
PLO Blows Up Netanyahu’s ‘Peace Process’ Renewal
Latest News Stories
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.

Rabbi Riskin believes the Rabbinate must be prepared to accept Halachic decisions that aren’t Ultra-Orthodox.

The Egyptian flag

The case also called for banning the sale of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and the Liberation newspaper in Egypt over “blasphemy against Prophet Mohamed.”

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat being carried in a rally last winter.

The Palestinian Authority and its superior PLO organization have totally dismissed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s overture to sit down and discuss new borders that would leave several settlement blocs under Israel sovereignty. Haaretz headlined on Tuesday a report that Prime Minister Netanyahu told European Union foreign policy adviser Federica Mogherini last week that he wants […]

Eller-070414-Sunscreen

The temperature is expected to reach extreme levels today, drink water.

“In the chaos of the conflict… Hamas…granted its security forces free rein to carry out horrific abuse, amounting to war crimes.”

The Israeli Air Force responded to a rocket attack from Gaza by striking terrorist sites within the Strip.

Information on more than 100,000 US taxpayers was stolen by hackers who breached the IRS.

Hamas terrorist leaders are hiding again as Israel considers a response to Tuesday’s rocket attack.

“In the chaos of the conflict… Hamas…granted its security forces free rein to carry out horrific abuse, amounting to war crimes.”

Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin plans appeal to Supreme Court over fight to stay in his position; city’s mayor also vows support.

European leaders warn that “no deal” is likely between the US-led world powers and Iran by the time talks reach the June 30 deadline.

An Arab vehicle terror attack at the Gush Etzion junction was foiled by Israel Police on Tuesday evening; the terrorist fled towards Beit Fajar, leaving some damage behind.

9:43 PM Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon is currently moving patients to the bomb shelters, just to be safe. 9:37 PM The army has officially confirmed one rocket hit in Gan Yavne. Islamic Jihad has taken credit for the launch, and it was the result of internal fighting within that terror group in northern Gaza. 9:17 […]

The number of Syrian refugee schoolchildren is going to outstrip the number of Lebanese students, a UN envoy warns.

Bomb threats hampered travel for six international flights to Boston, New York and New Jersey over US Memorial Day weekend.

An extremely rare 1,000-year-old ketuba inscribed in Aramaic is now on exhibit in the National Library in Jerusalem.

More Articles from Jacob Kornbluh
Judge Shira Scheindlin was taken out to the woodshed by the federal court.

Lhota loves the stop-and-frisk court ruling, de Blasio ‘disappointed.’

Bill de Blassio is expected to win the mayoral race by 40 percentage points.

Lhota admitted that he couldn’t pronounce the term “metzitzah b’peh,” an issue of concern that was brought up several times throughout the day.

“Did you miss me?” Lhota responded with a devilish smirk when asked by a Capital New York reporter about his new aggressive style.

Bill de Blasio may well be measuring the drapes of Gracie Mansion as a new poll shows him with a commanding 44 point lead.

Lhota: “David Koch’s beliefs on social issues are no different than mine or my opponent’s when it comes to women’s choice and women’s issues and other issues like that.”

Thompson brushed off suggestions that having D’Amato stumping for him tarnished his liberal credentials.

“The accusation that I said I’m going to target the Jewish community is an outright lie.”

The Lhota campaign email against Catsimatidis quickly switched to a fund-raising plea.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/harlem-voters-remain-calm-facing-hurricane-anthony/2013/05/24/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: