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Weiner’s ‘Nazi Card’ Might Cost Him the Game

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Anthony Weiner played the “Nazi card” to run down New York City’s “stop and frisk” policy, but he violated an unwritten political law not to invoke Nazi policies in unrelated issues.

The so-far unstoppable Weiner campaigned in Staten Island Sunday and spoke to black congregants at a church, where he said, “Last year, more than 700,000 in New York were stopped — the overwhelming majority of them were young men of color. Ninety-seven percent of them did nothing wrong…. Well, you can have 100 percent statistical reduction in crime if you stop everybody.

“You could have 1938 Germany, because everyone has to show their papers.”

That was one step over the red line for some Jews.

State Sen. Simcha Felder, who represents largely Orthodox communities in South Brooklyn, was quoted by the New York Post as saying, “His comments were shocking and disgraceful . . . [and] he should apologize. Anyone who uses the Holocaust frivolously diminishes the tragedy that occurred. Weiner clearly stepped over the line.”

Weiner is on a hot streak in the polls, with the latest Quinnipiac University survey giving him a three-point lead over City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Although the lead is small, it continues a trend in favor of Weiner, who scored a surprising virtual tie with Quinn in the previous poll.

Jewish Press correspondent,Jacob Kornbluh writing on an election blog this week, quoted the Guardian’s Harry Enten as writing, “For the first time in the campaign, one can easily paint a picture that would have Weiner winning both the primary and the runoff. Weiner leads by 25% to 22% over in the Quinnipiac survey released on Monday.

“It’s not the top line, however, that should make Weiner smile. It’s the fact that Quinn is in her weakest position yet against Weiner for the runoff, which will be held if no candidate reaches a threshold of 40% in the first round….

“I would guess that Weiner is probably ahead in a runoff against an opponent who is actually more disliked than he is.”

And then came the Nazi statement, which was made one day after George Zimmerman was acquitted of shooting and killing black teenage Trayvon Martin.

Weiner’s spokeswoman Barbara Morgan went on the defensive and said, “The context of the reference was the argument made by some that stopping innocent citizens was an acceptable cost for public safety. He clearly was not equating 1938 Nazi Germany to New York City.”

Weiner has gotten away with a lot in this campaign. He has skillfully dealt with the sexting scandal.

He has come out four-square against calling Israel an occupier, a popular stand with most Orthodox Jewish voters and hardly an issue that matters in New York City day-to-day operations.

But his fast mouth may have gone into one gear too high by invoking the Nazis into the election.

Politicians have learned the hard way that playing the Nazi card does not work with local issues, such as the ”stop and frisk” policy.

Weiner Looks Like a Winner in the Polls

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Anthony Weiner is leading the pack in a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday, with a three percentage point lead over City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. His 25 percent support still is far less than the 40 percent needed to prevent a run-off vote after the primaries elections in early September.

The same poll shows that former Comptroller Bill Thompson’s support for mayor dropped to 11 percent.

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer also is on top for comptroller, with a solid 15-point lead over  Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 48 percent to 33 percent.

Pollster Maurice Carroll said in a statement, “Notoriety has earned the ‘Tabloid Twins,’ former Gov. Eliot Spitzer as Client 9 and former Congressman Anthony (Tweets) Weiner, good initial numbers in the polls. Whether those numbers hold up in the real poll on Primary Election Day is the big question.”

Weiner on a Roll, at Top of the Heap in New Pre-Election Polls

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Anthony Weiner has soared in pre-election poll and now is sharing the lead with two other candidates, according to one poll, while a second survey puts him the lead.

Anew Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday puts Weiner in a statistical three-way tie with former frontrunner City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former city comptroller William Thompson for the Democratic party nomination. The primaries will be held September 10, and there will be a run-off unless one candidate in the nine-candidate field can win a 40 percent plurality.

Technically, Quinn leads Weiner by two percentage points and is ahead of Thompson by three points, but the margin of error in the survey leaves all three of them in a more-or-less tie.

A new Marist/NBC/Wall Street Journal poll gives Weiner a five-point lead over Quinn, with 25 percent support from Democratic voters. Quinn received 15 percent support and Thompson was backed by only 13 percent of the respondents.

Half of NY Wants Sheldon Silver Gone – Except his Voters

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Half of New York voters think that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should quit because of his actions in the Vito Lopez sex harassment scandal, and 52 percent disapproved of his overall performance, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Which is a meaningless figure, since Silver continues to be very popular in his district which encompasses the Lower East Side and Lower Manhattan.

The state ethics commission last month issued a report charging that Lopez harassed at least eight female staffers, most of them after Silver approved a secret settlement in return for two of the victims’ promising not to reveal the incidents, The New York Post reported.

Naturally, the Post has been a sworn enemy of Silver, whom they’re yet to associate directly with any wrongdoing.

Lopez finally resigned last month after he faced possible expulsion.

“The Vito Lopez sex scandal persuades a bare majority of New Yorkers that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should step aside,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “A lot of voters say get rid of the pack of them; there should be a legislative house-cleaning.”

But in a democracy it doesn’t matter what the NY Post thinks (or what Israel Today does, for that matter). Democracy is decided by the voters. And Lower East Siders, especially the local Jewish voters, are sticking with Shelly…

In 140-Second Video, Anthony Weiner Jumps into Mayoral Race

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

He dropped the 140 character on Twitter, a tool that forced him to resign two years ago, for a much faster and well prepared 140 second video message. As if it were a secret, Anthony Weiner finally put all rumors to rest and jumped right into the mayoral race, just in time for petitioning season.

“Look, I made some big mistakes. And I know I let a lot of people down. But I’ve also learned some tough lessons. I’m running for mayor ‘cuz I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you,” Mr. Weiner says in the video. Second chances? It’s up to the voters this time.



An April 19, 2013 Quinnipiac University survey gives Weiner 15 percent of Democratic primary voters in the New York City mayor’s race, but he has a negative favorability of 41-33, and back then only half the voters thought it was a good idea for him to run at all.

Now that he’s running, those numbers could improve, at least initially.

In the same poll, Christine Quinn led the Democratic primary field with 28 percent, well short of the 40 percent needed to avoid a primary runoff. Her support included 31 percent of women and 24 percent of men. Results for other candidates were:

15 percent for Weiner, including 20 percent of men and 12 percent of women;

11 percent for Bill de Blasio, including 10 percent of men and 12 percent of women;

10 percent for William Thompson, including 14 percent of men and 7 percent of women;

9 percent for John Liu, including 9 percent of men and 8 percent of women.

Yori Yanover contributed to this report.

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