#1 The Dirty Trick That Launched Weiner's Career !
06-08-2011, 07:58 AM
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Rep. Anthony Weiner in 1999...." Schumer :The New York Progressive Snakes Who's Weiners Political Rabbi "
You can certainly make a compelling case that Anthony Weiner should not have to give up his seat in Congress or his career in elected politics because of the online photo scandal that has engulfed him this week.
But if this does end up being the end for Weiner's public career, it might not be quite the injustice it seems like -- at least if you know how his career began.
Twenty years ago, Weiner was a young aide to an ambitious, still somewhat obscure Brooklyn congressman named Charles Schumer.
After working in Washington for a few years, he'd been dispatched to Sheepshead Bay to run Schumer's local office. It was Schumer's idea; Weiner had told him that he wanted to enter politics and was considering moving to Florida, where the 1990 census would soon produce several new congressional seats in areas where a New York transplant with the name Weiner could probably do well.
Schumer said he was better off returning to Brooklyn, where Weiner was from originally, and establishing himself there.
Weiner's opening came in 1991, when the City Council was radically expanded, from 35 to 51 seats. One of the new districts, the 48th, would be in Southern Brooklyn. It was a neat match for Weiner. The new seat was in the heart of Schumer's district, there was no incumbent, and the population was heavily Jewish. He jumped in the race.
06-08-2011, 08:47 AM
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Anthony Weiner approval ratings plunge.
Rep. Anthony Weiner's Queens and Brooklyn constituents sounded off on his shocking sexting admissions Monday - with some calling for his political head. Several said they could never support Weiner after he admitted to exchanging sexually explicit messages and pictures with six women - and lying about it. "I think he should be barred out of politics. He's disgusting and a pervert," said Ronnie Homan, 50, of Borough Park, Brooklyn. Maya Goldstein, 44, of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, agreed, and said the congressman's teary TV breakdown shows he needs help.
"He's a pig," said Danielle Cione, 35, a teacher who succinctly summed up the feelings of many of Weiner's former supporters.
"Yuck!" said Rae Sankar, a Kew Gardens Democrat who has voted for Weiner in the past.
"It is so disgusting how he would say and do such things like that to women. It's so disrespectful and gross."
Like many people, she was particularly sad for Weiner's accomplished wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Weiner choked up when he mentioned Abedin at yesterday's press conference confessing his online indiscretions -- but those tears did little to impress Queens constituents.
"He didn't come across as sincere at all. I just didn't buy it," said Gladys Staats, 76.
She's voted for Weiner before -- but said she never will again.
In one of the more embarrassing revelations to emerge yesterday, Weiner allegedly asked a middle-aged Nevada woman in a Facebook exchange whether she gave "good" oral sex and then expressed shock that he found "a Jewish girl" who was willing to, according to RadarOnline, which posted the X-rated exchange.
Needless to say, that lewd comment didn't sit well in his heavily Jewish district.
"It was so uncalled for and wrong for him to say," said Leo Morales, 37, of Kew Gardens. "He behaved as if he doesn't have Jewish voters to respect come Election Day. I wish he had just admitted to everything earlier and not be a coward about it."
Another particularly egregious aspect of the scandal for many represented by Weiner was the young age of two of his online gal pals.
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