Poll Confirms That a Weiner Campaign Would Shake Up Mayoral Race

When word spread last week that former Representative Anthony Weiner was contemplating a mayoral run, the questions of what it meant for the electoral future immediately arose. How would his candidacy affect the race? Would the Democratic primary become a showdown between Weiner and Christine Quinn? Could people forgive the disgraced politician enough to elect him?

Well, as this was all happening, NBC and Marist University took to the streets (figuratively speaking, of course) to find out what Weiner's chances of success were. And, yesterday, those numbers came in with a report titled "Weiner Candidacy for Mayor Could
Scramble Democratic Primary Contest."

If Anthony Weiner joined the race today, he would tie Bill de Blasio for second place, with 15 percent of New York Democrats saying they would vote for him in the primaries. Quinn still dominates the lead with 26 percent of the vote, John Liu struggles behind with 12 percent, and Bill Thompson is in last place with 11 percent. But, if you consider the margin of error, all the contestants below Quinn are in a dead heat, making their candidacies Quinn's to mess up real bad.

In his NY1 interview the other night, Weiner made it clear that his first goal was to get New Yorkers back on his side. And that seems to be working: in October, only 28 percent of voters said they wouldn't mind if he ran; now, that number is around 40 percent.

Honesty and forgiveness are powerful emotions to have in your arsenal. But can they keep up a mayoral campaign until November? That remains to be seen.


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With the focus of attention on the two marquee names, it appears that an incredible opportunity is about to be lost for attracting a mayoral candidate with the integrity and drive to effectively deal with the Gestapo-like antics of the NYPD.  Albeit there are other important challenges facing the city, an out-of-control police department has to be at or near the top of the list.


Weiner's mistakes, which affect him and his family, pale in comparison to Quinn's consistent pattern of violating the public trust in order to accumulate more power.  Quinn's record shows that she is motivated by blind ambition, not by a commitment to public service or a set of guiding principles. From overturning term limits to using hundreds of millions in discretionary funds to buy campaign contributions, votes, support and silence, Quinn has demonstrated that she cannot be trusted.

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