Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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NYC spurns pervs

New York voters rejected its pair of x-rated candidates and one of them answers with his middle finger.

NYC spurns pervs

New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner plunged to fourth place among Democrats in the first poll taken since he admitted to having illicit online exchanges with women even after he resigned from Congress amid a sexting scandal. (AP Photo)
New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner plunged to fourth place among Democrats in the first poll taken since he admitted to having illicit online exchanges with women even after he resigned from Congress amid a sexting scandal. (AP Photo)

Ah, New York. The greatest city in the world.

Big Apple voters, after living through maybe the most bizzare election cycle in modern urban American history, roundly rejected its pair of pervy candidates in Tuesday's primary.

Both Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer went down to defeat, the former in the Democratic mayoral primary, the latter in a race for city comptroller.

The New York Daily News offered this headline: "Aversion to Perversion: voters deny sext machine Anthony Weiner and hooker-happy Eliot Spitzer electoral redemption."

The New York Post ran a headline on the comptroller race in which Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer beat Spitzer: "Stringer saves NYC from Spitzer."

The Daily News coverage is here. The Post coverage is here.

Meanwhile, in the Democratic mayoral primary, it appears the city's public advocate Bill de Blasio garnered just enough votes to prevent an October run-off with second-place finisher and former city comptroller Bill Thompson, although a recount seems likely.

Former frontrunner City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who could have been the city's first woman and first openly-gay mayor, finished third.

The highlight of Tuesday evening, however, was a two-fer: Weiner's former sexting pal Sydney Leathers showed up at Weiner's "victory party" (Weiner's wife did not); and Weiner ended the evening by offering a New York salute -- an extended middle finger -- to media as he was leaving the event.

Stay classy, Anthony. Stay great, NYC.

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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