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Poll: Anthony Weiner places second in potential Democratic mayoral run

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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An Anthony Weiner mayoral run could mix up the Democratic primary, a new poll found.

The former Queens congressmember, who resigned in disgrace after sending lewd pictures over Twitter, placed second in a recent NBC New York/Marist poll.

According to the results, 15 percent of voters would elect him as the Democratic mayoral candidate, behind front-runner City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 26 percent.

“Right now, a Weiner candidacy attracts double-digit support in the Democratic primary,” Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. “He makes it even more difficult for any of the Democratic contenders to reach the needed forty percent to avoid a run-off.”

Although Weiner has yet to announce his candidacy in the 2013 race, he flirted with the idea in a New York Times article published last week.

“It’s not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time,” he told the Times. “But I do recognize, to some degree, it’s now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something.”

Weiner was also interviewed by NY1 on Monday, where he again mentioned the idea of running for office, while apologizing for the actions that led to his resignation.

“I think I’ll be spending a lot of time, here on out, saying I’m sorry,” he said during the interview.

“If I run for mayor and if I become the mayor, I want people looking at me and saying, ‘You know what, you are in charge, you did this. You are accountable.’”





Quinn increases mayoral lead in new poll

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Official NYC City Council photo by William Alatriste


Christine Quinn’s chances of becoming the next mayor of New York City seem more likely, a new survey finds.

A NY1-Marist poll found that City Council Speaker, who has not formally announced her candidacy, is heavily favored by 37 percent of registered Democrats in the city, up from 23 percent in October,

Quinn gave her last State of the City address as speaker on Tuesday, February 12 where she focused on the middle class.

Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson is far behind in second with 13 percent and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is currently in third with 12 percent.

On the Republican side, former MTA chairman Joe Lhota holds an advantage with 20 percent of registered Republicans favoring his run for mayor. George McDonald, founder of the Doe Fund, a charity that supports the homeless, is currently in second with eight percent of the vote, followed by billionaire John Catsimatidis with five percent.