We have been following the travails of Congressman Anthony Weiner with just a wee bit of schadenfreude-after all it was the combative Mr. Weiner who met with WPU last year and promised us that, "if it looks as if the regulatory process is unfair, come back to me and I will intercede." Well we did-time and time again, but it now appears as if Weiner was engrossed in other more pressing matters than helping protect the property rights of Queens business people.
For us it comes down to a question of honesty and integrity, and in both issues-WPU's and the Twittergate scandal-the Congressman has come up in his shorts. The WSJ points this out:
"Costas Panagopoulos, assistant professor of political science at Fordham University, said, "The congressman has created the impression that there's the possibility he wasn't as forthright about this situation as possible. That has the potential to fuel voter speculation about his honesty, a characteristic that is very important to voters," he said."
And because he has fallen short in the honesty department his mayoral ambitions may have been severely penalized: "Bill Cunningham, a former communications director for Mayor Michael Bloomberg who was also an aide to New York Govs. Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo, said the incident "calls into question his judgment." And that, he said, will have an impact on Mr. Weiner's dream of becoming mayor."
Well, if that's the case we can't say that we're all broken up. But there's another point that Weiner's blatant disregard of our property rights underscores. He has been so busy posturing as a left wing icon that he has forgotten his roots in the neighborhood-and the old Tony Weiner would be standing up for the small property owner; and to the mayor as well.
So it's just as well he has taken himself out of the running. And the city awaits someone who will reverse the disastrous anti-small business, anti-neighborhood policies of Billionaire Bloomberg. Clearly that someone isn't Anthony Weiner. Don't feel bad, however, he shafted himself.