Bayside Voters Shrug Off Weiner, Spitzer Scandals
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.”
Anthony Weiner’s Twitter scandal came roaring back on Tuesday with the revelation that he had continued to engage in sexually explicit online conversations with at least one woman after such behavior had prompted him to resign from Congress.
But some Queens voters on the outskirts of his old congressional district do not think that Weiner’s online interactions with women other than his wife should disqualify him from becoming New York City’s next mayor.
In fact, potential voters interviewed on Tuesday evening seem to be increasingly inclined to forgive and forget. In mid-May, shortly before Weiner officially announced that he would run for mayor, it was difficult to find anyone at the corner of Bell Boulevard and 48th Avenue in Bayside who would say that they might give him another shot.
Two months later, a number of Bayside residents interviewed on the same street corner said they just might vote for the former congressman. Their sentiments mirror Weiner’s rise in several polls, where he is now either in the lead, tied for first place or in second place among the Democratic candidates for mayor.
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