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  1. #1 Disgraced Ex-congressman Weiner Announces Candidacy for NYC Mayor 
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    Weiner's back! Cue the latenight comics! The article appears below, with my parsing in red. Enjoy!

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013 06:37 AM
    By: REUTERS


    Two years after resigning from Congress in a lewd photo scandal, former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner announced in a video message early on Wednesday he is running for New York City mayor. It was sent to a group of anonymous college girls, and the accompanying photos cannot be reproduced in a family forum.
    "I made some big mistakes and I know I let a lot of people down, but I also learned some tough lessons," Weiner said in the video. "I'm running because I've been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it my entire life." Don't judge me for one boner.

    The announcement promises to shake up the race to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg nearly four months before the Sept. 10 Democratic primary, though recent polls suggest Weiner faces an uphill battle. However, he has a history of rising to the occasion.

    A Quinnipiac University poll also released on Wednesday found Weiner in second place with 15 percent of the vote, trailing City Council Speaker Christine Quinn by ten points. The poll also found that nearly half of city voters say Weiner should not enter the race for mayor, while 38 percent of voters want to see him run.

    Public Advocate and former city Comptroller Bill Thompson both followed with 10 percent and John Liu, the current city Comptroller, with 6 percent.

    Weiner's resignation in June of 2011 marked a remarkable fall from grace for a politician who was seen as a leading liberal voice in the U.S. House of Representatives and had been widely expected to run in this year's race for mayor.

    His fall was prompted when Weiner accidentally posted a close-up of his underpants on Twitter. Weiner, then 46, denied for more than a week that he had sent the photo and intended it for a young woman, claiming instead that his @repweiner Twitter account had been hacked. Accidentally? How do you accidentally post a close up of your package?

    After several women came forward to say they too had shared sexually charged exchanges with the married congressman, Weiner admitted he had lied.

    For months Weiner avoided the spotlight. Then, in April, he burst back onto the political scene, when the New York Times Magazine published a lengthy article about Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin, an aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Burst out is more like it.

    Abedin also appears in Weiner's two-minute campaign video, telling voters: "We love this city, and no one will work harder to make it better than Anthony." "He'll work harder. Harder. Harder! Oh Allah! Harder!"

    Weiner acknowledged he was thinking about running for mayor and that he had spent about $100,000 on polling to test the public's appetite for his political comeback.

    Since then, Weiner has slowly eased his way back into politics. He unveiled a new Twitter account, @anthonyweiner, which attracted thousands of followers within days. He just put the head in, so to speak.

    He also released a booklet of policy ideas, titled "Keys to the City," that included replacing textbooks in city schools with Kindle e-readers, expanding the city's ferry system and creating a single-payer health care system for uninsured and under-insured New Yorkers.

    Weiner, once known for his combative cable-news appearances, also proposed a "Mayor's Question Time" modeled on the United Kingdom's weekly question time with the Prime Minister. The sessions would turn City Council meetings into "must-see" T.V. events, according to a description Weiner posted on Twitter. He really needs to stay away from Twitter.

    Critics say many of the ideas are hardly new, and that many echo positions already taken by Weiner's Democratic rivals.

    Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, said that while he appreciated that Weiner was making food security a priority, Weiner's specific policy prescriptions were consistent with positions taken by Quinn and Public Advocate Bill De Blasio, another mayoral candidate.

    And while advocates for improved public transportation say that Weiner was a leader on the issue while in Congress, his "Keys to the City" ideas - which generally run about three or four sentences in length - don't go beyond positions other candidates have already taken.

    John Feal, an advocate for first responders injured in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, offers unreserved praise of Weiner for fighting for the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act for sick workers.

    "He was there fighting for us in the beginning and he was there at the end fighting for us. And I'll always remember that," Feal said.

    "We're all human," Feal said of the scandal that led to Weiner's downfall.

    © 2013 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.



    And, the top campaign slogans for Weiner are:

    "Anthony Weiner: He's not soft on crime... or anything else"
    "Anthony Weiner has a hard on for New York"
    "Vote for the total package"
    "Weiner is rising"
    "Don't dick around! Vote Weiner!"
    "It's time to put in Weiner!"
    "Weiner won't let you down"
    "You can't beat Weiner!"
    "Weiner: The hardest man in the race"
    "Weiner is coming, again"
    "Weiner has the tool to get the job done"
    "Weiners: not just for breakfast anymore!"
    "Weiner: I won’t shove my ideas down your throat!"

    And can a Robin Williams endorsement video be far behind? Go to 3:54 to see what that would look like:

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    This gives a whole new meaning to the term "skin in the game".
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    He and Mark Sanford should make a good team. Now if we only had an actual hooker in the House we would be Italy.
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    Sanford had an affair. He didn't send nekkid pictures of himself over social media. That said, people can forgive someone for 1 act of weakness. Face it, neither Sanford or Wiener are John Edwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    Sanford had an affair. He didn't send nekkid pictures of himself over social media. That said, people can forgive someone for 1 act of weakness. Face it, neither Sanford or Wiener are John Edwards.
    Actually, Weiner is worse, at least from a national security perspective. What are the national security implications of a member of congress who sends intimate, damaging photos to casual acquaintances who can then turn around and use them to secure any manner of compliance? Remember how teary and miserable he was when he finally admitted the truth? What do you think he would have given to avoid that, especially within the areas of his job? A switched vote on an issue? A hold on a nomination? How about obstructing legislation in committee? Or selling a service academy appointment? Every decision that he made would have been subject to blackmail, due to his own recklessness and stupidity. That's beyond an affair, even one as blatant and sleazy as Edwards' affair. That's a contemptuous disregard for the office and the people who put him in it.

    And that doesn't address his claim that his e-mail accounts were hacked. I guarantee that the NSA had a conniption fit when that claim came out. A member of congress, who sat on a number of sensitive committees, with hacked e-mail? Do you think for a moment that they didn't get spun up to find the hacker, only to stand down when he finally confessed to the lie?

    I joke about Weiner, because he's an easy target, and ridicule is a great weapon to use against him, but the implications of his conduct are serious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    Sanford had an affair. He didn't send nekkid pictures of himself over social media. That said, people can forgive someone for 1 act of weakness. Face it, neither Sanford or Wiener are John Edwards.

    Even Bill Maher sort of defended Sanford's affair-he made a joke at the time it was revealed to the effect that he was in love, and the letters that had been printed in the media were romantic, not sleazy. It still sucks for the now ex-wife, I guess, but romantic letters beat disgusting tweets any day.
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    Sadly, Anthony's Weiner is probably an improvement for NYC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Wood View Post
    Sadly, Anthony's Weiner is probably an improvement for NYC.
    Not really. Bloomberg, for all of his faults (and they are many), maintained most of Giuliani's policies and kept the city livable. The Democrats who are competing for the nomination are exactly the kind of brain-dead lefties that drove the city into bankruptcy and chaos. They're fifty shades of David Dinkins. On the Republican side, Joe Lhota is probably the best choice, having worked for Rudy and been extremely effective at the MTA, but the others aren't too bad when compared to the Democrats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
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    In all seriousness about Weiner though. I think he would be a better NYC Mayor than Bloomberg. Then a goat would be a better Mayor also

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