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.”
On the northeastern end of former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s district, which once straddled Brooklyn and Queens, voters are not looking forward to the disgraced former congressman’s potential candidacy for mayor of New York City.
On a street corner in the Queens neighborhood of Bayside, it is hard to find anyone who would say that they would give Weiner another shot if he jumps into the race. Most residents said there was no chance at all that he would get their vote, even if he had their support before.
“He should find a job, an honest job,” said a Bayside resident named James who declined to give his last name. “He’s a ridiculous figure. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a sex fiend—but you know, once you become a butt of jokes … .”
James, who said that Weiner had done a decent job as a representative, echoed other residents in comparing him to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who also resigned from public office after a scandal involving women outside of his marriage but has since returned to the public eye.
“They’re like two peas in a pod,” James said. “They both want to crawl back into the public bosom, and the fact that they think they might have a chance speaks very poorly of the intelligence of the public.”
A part of the Queens neighborhood of Bayside used to be portion of Weiner’s congressional district. The congressman resigned in 2011 amid scandal, and the district now no longer exists, chopped up in redistricting after Weiner was succeeded for a short time by Republican Rep. Bob Turner.
But back in 2010 Weiner easily won re-election, and two thirds of voters in Queens voted for him.
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