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De Blasio, Weiner release TV spots highlighting opposition to controversial NYPD tactic.

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Aug. 20, 2013, 7:05 a.m.

Pub­lic Ad­voc­ate Bill de Bla­sio (D) re­leased his second TV ad, which fo­cuses on his op­pos­i­tion to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. The spot calls de Bla­sio “the only can­did­ate to end a stop and frisk era that tar­gets minor­it­ies.” (New York Times)

Former Rep. An­thony Wein­er (D) also un­veiled a new TV spot cri­ti­ciz­ing stop-and-frisk. (New York Daily News)

WEIN­ER THE UN­DER­DOG: Dur­ing a cam­paign stop in the Bronx on Monday, Wein­er “had more cam­paign staffers with him than re­port­ers. Just three stood by as the one­time fron­trun­ner” shook hands with com­muters. “Three months ago, at his first cam­paign event out­side a sub­way en­trance in Har­lem, the crowd of re­port­ers grew so thick that two po­lice of­ficers were forced to step in.”

But Wein­er “says he prefers the dearth of re­port­ers to a sur­feit.” Wein­er: “You might be sur­prised to hear this, but I ac­tu­ally like it bet­ter this way. … Just get me to a place where I can talk about is­sues and give cit­izens an op­por­tun­ity to come up and say hello.”

Des­pite his flag­ging poll num­bers, Wein­er re­mains con­fid­ent: “It’s in­con­ceiv­able to me that this won’t be suc­cess­ful.” (BuzzFeed)

QUINN CAMP RE­MINDS VOTERS OF PO­TEN­TIAL TO MAKE HIS­TORY: City Coun­cil Speak­er Christine Quinn’s wife, Kim Catullo, is be­gin­ning her pub­lic role with the cam­paign this week, “ap­pear­ing at sub­way stops, seni­or cen­ters and cam­paign events. It is the 15 minutes of fame the cor­por­ate law­yer would have pre­ferred to skip, but with Quinn in a tight race for the may­or­al nom­in­a­tion, she is ready to do what’s needed.” (New York Daily News)

Mean­while, New York Times‘ Frank Bruni’s Tues­day writes that Quinn’s can­did­acy has ex­tra sig­ni­fic­ance for strategist Josh Isay, whose late fath­er was gay and be­came a “prom­in­ent gay-rights ad­voc­ate” late in life.

Cap­it­al New York’s Azi Pay­barah ex­plains: “The stor­ies help re­mind voters about the bar­ri­er-break­ing nature of her can­did­acy, which has got­ten lost at times in this sea­son, in no small part be­cause the Quinn cam­paign hasn’t sought to em­phas­ize it, choos­ing in­stead to cre­ate a com­pet­ence gap between her and the oth­er can­did­ates by run­ning on her re­cord as speak­er. That strategy sur­vived the rise and fall of Car­los Danger, but ap­pears to be giv­ing way a bit to ac­com­mod­ate the strength of the two Bills, who now threaten to block the only wo­man in the field from even mak­ing a run­off.”

DE BLA­SIO FAN AT­TACKS QUINN BACK­ERS: Dur­ing a Quinn rally Monday, de Bla­sio sup­port­er George Cap­sis, “the pub­lish­er of a com­munity news­pa­per called The West­View New,” slapped a Quinn sup­port­er, state Sen. Brad Hoyl­man (D), in the face. “When Ms. Quinn’s aides tried to es­cort Mr. Cap­sis away, he hit one of her in­terns, a young man, who began cry­ing.” (New York Times)
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