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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Much has been made of David Brooks’s recent New York Times column, in which confesses to missing already the civility and humanity of Barack Obama, compared to who might take his place. In NewYorker.com, Jeffrey Frank reminds us how critical such attributes are to foreign policy. “It’s hard to imagine Kennedy so casually referring to the leader of Russia as a gangster or a thug. For that matter, it’s hard to imagine any president comparing the Russian leader to Hitler [as] Hillary Clinton did at a private fund-raiser. … Kennedy, who always worried that miscalculation could lead to war, paid close attention to the language of diplomacy.”
“We haven’t seen a true leftist since FDR, so many millions are coming out of the woodwork to vote for Bernie Sanders; he is the Occupy movement now come to life in the political arena.” So says Bill Maher in his Hollywood Reporter cover story (more a stream-of-consciousness riff than an essay, actually). Conservative states may never vote for a socialist in the general election, but “this stuff has never been on the table, and these voters have never been activated.” Maher saves most of his bile for Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, writing that by nominating Palin as vice president “John McCain is the one who opened the Book of the Dead and let the monsters out.” And Trump is picking up where Palin left off.