City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D) on Wednesday unveiled a new TV ad urging voters to take a “closer look” at Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D), who has emerged in the last few weeks as an overwhelming favorite in the race.
De Blasio said the ad selectively edited comments he made about stop-and-frisk, the NYPD tactic that de Blasio has vocally opposed. De Blasio: “I find it really inappropriate for her to try to mislead the public so clearly and blatantly, and it’s obvious that she’s desperate and that’s why she’d doing it.” (Politicker.com)
GENERAL ELECTION PREVIEW?: Lhota “took aim” at de Blasio on Wednesday. “He ripped into de Blasio’s message that New York City under Bloomberg had become a ‘Tale of Two Cities,’ where the poor suffered as the rich got richer. Lhota called the rhetoric ‘class warfare.’” (DNAInfo.com)
WEINER CONFRONTS HECKLER: As his chances of winning the Democratic primary appear increasingly bleak, former Rep. Anthony Weiner on Wednesday got into a shouting match with a heckler in a Brooklyn bakery. “The man said Mr. Weiner was a ‘scumbag’ and went after Mr. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, saying Mr. Weiner was ‘married to an Arab.’ Several times, he called Mr. Weiner ‘disgusting’ for sending lewd pictures to women online.”
Weiner “turned irate” and said: “You’re a perfect person? What rabbi taught you that you’re my judge?”
After the incident went viral on social media, Weiner tweeted: “Stood up to a heckler. That’s what mayors have to do sometimes.” (New York Times)
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