The Five Borough Ballot: Could Weiner Rise in Staten Island?
In order to gain a microcosmic perspective on the actual opinions of New Yorkers about the upcoming election, City & State and City Limits, in partnership with MetroFocus, present a new series: “The Five Borough Ballot.”
“You guys see the headline in the Post? Weiner Rising?”
It’s late afternoon on a Monday at W’s, meaning it’s “hit or miss,” according to the bartender, in terms of the number of customers that might file in for a post-work beverage. There are six men sitting at the bar having what passes as a political discussion for the W’s crowd. They bandy about some of the names mentioned as potential successors to Michael Bloomberg. Because of some pun-soaked headlines and a recent surge in press coverage, former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s name comes up, as well as that of Christine Quinn.
“Here’s to our next mayor, Christine Quinn,” one patron says, lifting a shot glass to toast the City Council Speaker and current Democratic frontrunner for mayor in the polls.
The discourse on politics does not extend much beyond a cursory round-up of the most visible candidates. It is still early in the mayoral race, with roughly five months to go until the primary election. For those who follow New York City politics with a mere passing interest, the candidates to replace Bloomberg are little more than names and faces at this juncture. Weiner, however, is one name that is difficult to forget.
Continue reading this week’s Five Borough Ballot coverage on the City & State website.