Monday, April 15, 2013

Weiner 2.0

If you find yourself in a p.r. nightmare, there’s a swashbuckling new hero you can turn to — Carlos Danger. A top “crisis” public-relations firm with ties to Hillary Rodham Clinton has hired the last person in the world that most people would call on to dispense advice on dealing with a scandal: disgraced, penis-texting former Congressman Anthony Weiner. The man who destroyed his own promising political career by botching a 2011 sext-message imbroglio with bald-faced lies — and who then ruined his comeback by running one of the most disastrous mayoral campaigns of all time — will now get paid to dispense advice to high-paying clients of the MWW p.r. firm, sources told The Post.  About the only thing that makes sense about this is that one of the company’s clients is Ball Park Franks. * Don’t worry, Weiner won’t be ‘servicing clients’ at new PR job (NYP)

nvestigative Journalism At Last . . . 

Daily News Looks to Be Close to the Next President Journalism, Common Sense Be Dammed 
Huma Abedin remains at Hillary Clinton’s side despitesexting woes with husband Anthony Weiner (NYDN) Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal left his wife Huma Abedin’s role with Hillary Clinton in doubt. But one year later, Abedin's position as Clinton’s personal chief of staff remains intact, as well as her marriage to Weiner.

Starved for Affection, More Likely Another Attemp At Image Repair

On today's cover: Anthony Weiner eyes restaurant charity in the Rockaways (AMNY)“Anthony Weiner to open Rockaway restaurant,” by Post’s Natalie O'Neill: “[E]x-congressman Anthony Weiner plans to open a restaurant in the Rockaways, featuring what is described as ‘locally sourced food,’ according to a report. The Rockaway Restoration Kitchen, which is in its early development phases, will serve up healthy grub and provide jobs to unemployed New Yorkers, according to the [Rockaway Times]. The eatery will sell ‘locally sourced food that satisfies the hunger of Rockaway residents,’ according to a description of the restaurant posted on”
EXCLUSIVE: It's time to saddle up and sign the Daily News petition to save the city's beloved carriage horses from extinction

Another Daily News EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Charles Rangel's re-election chances are toast says former Rep. Anthony WeinerWeiner Last Night on NY1 talked about Rangel's Chances of Reelection

A Failed Candidate Who Got Just 4.9% of the Vote for Mayor Predicts the Winner of the Rangel Race
The Daily News Continues Their Rehabilitation Mission of the Weiner

Anthony Weiner says Rep. Charles Rangel’s chances of winning re-election have become slimmer with shifting demographics in his district and that the close margin of his victory last time around was telling, the Daily News reports:  * Rep. Charles Rangel is nearing the end of his political career as the Bronx Democratic Party backs challenger state Sen. Adriano Espaillat and Comptroller Scott Stringer is expected to follow suit, Juan Gonzalez of the Daily News writes
More on the Rangel Race   


Anthony Weiner returned to public life in an extensive confessional with The New York Times Magazine, admitting that he was weighing whether to run for mayor.* Teachers union won't endorse Anthony Weiner in mayoral bid (NYP)
ABC's This Week: Chuck Schumer asked about Anthony Weiner running & history was made when Schumer said "no comment" for the 1st time ever* Anthony Weiner had almost no institutional support for his 2005 bid for NYC mayor. Undeterred. 2013 no different. Not establishment. But he does have the Clinton spin doctors on TV this morning.
Schumer declines to comment on Weiner potential campaign

Spitzer's Support is Not What Weiner Needs

How Hard is It to Find Dirt On Weiner?
Mayoral Candidates Desperately Searching for Some Dirt on Anthony Weiner(NY Mag)

Rival campaigns’ plan of attack for Anthony Weiner: Hit him where it hurts (NYP) The city’s mayoral hopefuls are sharpening their knives — and Anthony Weiner better be ready to answer the hard questions about his sexting scandal.  Sources in the camps of several campaigns said they have been in dirt-digging overdrive ever since...* His reach exceeds his grope(NYP)
* Gatemouth: "The importance of having a sense of Huma: First Muslim in Congress endorses Likudnik Weiner."  * The Daily News interviewed nearly a dozen people who played key roles in the Democrat’s 2005 mayoral campaign as advisers, supporters or contributions and didn’t find much enthusiasm for his comeback attempt.*Bob McManus to Weiner: “Go ahead, Tony: Torch what little dignity you have left.”* Past Weiner Donors Move On To New Candidates(NY1) * John Liu on a Weiner mayoral run: "It makes sense for him to run. After all, he's got plenty of exposure." * Spitzer, no stranger to sex scandal, says Weiner "will make it as a serious candidate" for mayor (NYT) * Chuck Schumer doesn't have anything to say about Anthony Weiner right now  

NYP Says NY Dumb Voters Will Accept Anyone That Promises Them More Services
It's not that the public is so forgiving, it's that they just don't expect much from politicians
History teaches that New Yorkers will put up with just about anything — how else to explain the City Council? — so even the prospect of an internationally infamous Twitter pervert moving into Gracie Mansion probably won’t faze them.  Weiner’s Got a Shot (NYP) In this town, anyone does. It’s not so much that voters are forgiving as it is that they don’t expect much from their public servants, other than lush social programs — and so they are generally inclined to overlook outbursts of buffoonery. Weiner, of course, seems to have been purpose-built to test that forbearance. * Scandal no big deal: donors(NYP) * Bloomberg chides media for focusing on Weiner, but story "ran on the mayor’s own newswire."

Three of former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s fund raisers have been charged with felonies, while a fourth was involved in an ethics controversy, meaning that Weiner would likely have to return their money if he decides to run for mayor
An Anthony Weiner mayoral run would probably mean returning cash raised by shady fund-raisers(NYDN) Three of the former congressman's fund-raisers have have been charged with felonies that range from running a Ponzi scheme to bribing a state senator. A fourth fund-raiser was involved in an ethics controversy.Convicted swindler Norman Hsu collected nearly $27,000 for Weiner in 2007 — two years before Hsu pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 24 years in jail for bilking investors out of $20 million in a Ponzi scheme. Former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, the father of Queens Rep. Grace Meng, raised about $27,000 for Weiner in 2008. Meng was fined $30,000 last month and ordered to serve a month in jail for soliciting a payoff to fix a criminal case. Meng had convinced the victim to hide an $80,000 payoff inside a fruit basket. Former Parkway Hospital CEO Robert Aquino raised $9,500 for Weiner in 2008. Aquino was sentenced in May to four months in prison for bribing crooked former Brooklyn state Sen. Carl Kruger.* Ex-backers cool toward a Weiner run

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