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The Latest Chatter: Can Weiner Win?

Wednesday Night: The Jewish Press Hosts Mayoral Forum For the Jewish Community
A voter telling resurrected mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner what she thinks.

A voter telling resurrected mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner what she thinks.

Anthony Weiner, spirits soaring, finds voters warm and receptive about his return to politics, writes Buzzfeed’s Ruby Cramer. Some pundits now believe that Mr. Weiner’s smooth entry is an indication that everything is possible. It not a question whether he can win 1st or 2nd place, but a question of  what if he does.

“This year, the Democratic field is as crowded as it was in 1977 and gaming out who will be the top two in the expected runoff following September’s primary is anybody’s guess,” Andy Humm writes in the Gotham Gazette.

NY1′s Bob Hardt adds: “With Weiner’s entry, the Democratic primary race resembles It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, with six major candidates prowling the five boroughs on a strange political treasure hunt that they hope will lead them to the West Wing of City Hall. While I do think it’s a heavy lift for Weiner to beat any candidate in a head-to-head primary runoff, the first step is just to get there. And after watching Weiner on the trail so far, I think that his chances to finish at least in second place on Sept. 10, are as good as anyone’s. Get ready for some chaos.”

Blake Zeff warns Mr. Weiner’s political rivals and political junkies to, at the very least, take him as a serious contender. “Anthony Weiner’s own assessment that he’s not a favorite to win this race is accurate, and such an upset is highly improbable. But the conditions are there for an unexpected outcome to occur, ” Zeff writes on Salon. “With an electorate that often surprises when there’s an open seat for mayor, Weiner’s rival campaigns should be taking him seriously — even if the tabloids are not.”

Zeff explains, in detail, that with weak rivals, lots of cash, and the impact of tabloids overrated, an upset is unlikely but possible.

Editor’s Special Note (and invitation):

The Jewish Press Hosts Mayoral Forum For the Jewish Community

The Jewish Press newspaper, the largest independent Jewish weekly in America, will be hosting a mayoral forum for the Jewish community.

The forum will feature the major Democratic candidates for mayor of New York City. (Anthony Weiner has been invited, shortly after his announcement to join the race. We’ll update the news media if he confirms.)

When: Wednesday, May 29 at 8:15 pm

Where: The Manhattan Beach Jewish Center, 60 West End Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

Questions for the candidates will touch on crime, economics and education, among others.

Members of the community are invited to submit questions for the candidates by emailing sgreenwald@jewishpress.com (use the Subject line “Mayoral forum”), and The Jewish Press will select the best questions for inclusion in the forum.

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

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2 Responses to “The Latest Chatter: Can Weiner Win?”

  1. Dan Silagi says:

    I'd vastly prefer a little Weiner to the dick who's the incumbent.

  2. Anonymous says:


    Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
    ~Plato, ancient Greek Philosopher.
    Politicians are the same all over the world, they promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
    ~Nikita Khrushchev, Russian Soviet politician.
    When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.
    ~Quoted in 'Clarence Darrow for the Defense' by Irving Stone.
    Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. ~John Quinton, American actor/writer.


    Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.

    ~Oscar Ameringer, "the Mark Twain of American Socialism."


    I offered my opponents a deal: "if they stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them".

    ~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952..


    A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.

    ~Texas Guinan. 19th century American businessman.


    I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

    ~Charles de Gaulle, French general & politician.


    Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.

    ~Doug Larson (English middle-distance runner who won gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, 1902-1981).


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