IN THE latest Wall Street Journal-NBC New York-Marist polling, Anthony Weiner has taken the lead.
Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner leads City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the race for New York City’s Democratic mayoral nomination for the first time, snatching the frontrunner mantle as the contest heads into the final months before the primary, the latest survey from The Wall Street Journal-NBC New York-Marist showed.
Among registered Democrats, Mr. Weiner had 25% of the vote, compared with Ms. Quinn, who had 20%, marking her lowest level of support since polling of the race began. Trailing them were former Comptroller Bill Thompson, at 13%, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, 10% and city Comptroller John Liu, 8%. Less than one and five Democrats say they are undecided.
There’s other good news in the poll for Anthony Weiner:
The poll showed 49% of registered voters in the city now say they would consider electing Mr. Weiner mayor, up from 40% in April. The poll showed 45% of voters would not consider casting their ballot for him, down from 52% in April. A majority of Democrats, 52%, have a favorable impression of Mr. Weiner, while 36% don’t.
Maybe I should say at this point that though I lived in New York City for several years, I’m not endorsing Mr. Weiner. I would be fibbing, however, if I didn’t say I’m rooting for him to make a come back. Mainly because I have an aversion to drumming anyone out of politics because of sexual antics that don’t include actually sex, especially if his wife is leading his campaign cheering team.
Considering the whoring nature of politics today it’s ironic that misbehavior that doesn’t end up in jail disqualifies a candidate. Though it should be said, if Anthony Weiner had been a woman he would have been finished.