Huma Abedin - We’ve seen Macbeth–we just hope Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign doesn’t end the same way. Huma genuinely wants her husband to become mayor. She’s also practically the only thing keeping Weiner afloat this week after new revelations over her husband’s online sexting troubles. So far she has kept her balance on the thin line between political ambition and personal grace like Nik Wallenda crossing the Grand Canyon. We’re not alone in thinking the wrong candidate in the family is running for mayor. Maybe Macbeth would have ended differently too.
Bill de Blasio - The public advocate had been experiencing polling inertia for months, consistently hovering around 10 or 11 percent–that is until Carlos Danger struck. The hoopla over Anthony Weiner’s personal life has perhaps created an opening for de Blasio, as one recent poll showed him with his best numbers to date in a three-way tie for second with Anthony Weiner and Bill Thompson. Weiner will probably have to continue his implosion for de Blasio to ascend to the front of the race, but he’s making progress and the specter of 1199 SEIU spending big money on him could loom large late in the game.
Andrew Cuomo - When Cuomo mentioned his idea for the Adirondack Challenge, a whitewater rafting contest upstate pitting politicians and state employees against each other, we thought he was kidding. Silly us. The governor doesn’t kid. He also doesn’t lose. Cuomo, with some help from his teen daughters and senior staff, won both heats of the boat race, edging Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday by a mere 18 seconds. And Cuomo didn’t fall into the river… uh, we mean, jump in on purpose.
Daniel Sekula - We don’t like putting people on our winners list when they make death threats, but the state Department of Transportation employee was included because he was able to keep his job even though he reportedly told colleagues in his Syracuse office that he was going to shoot the regional director. By contrast, another DOT employee, Michael Fayette, was forced out months ago after granting an unauthorized interview and praising the department’s work. While Sekula stayed on and kept his $72,000 salary, Cuomo aide Howard Glaser went on the radio to read Fayette’s disciplinary history—from “public” records that were not provided to the Albany Times Union for four months.
Scott Stringer - Great Scott! The Manhattan BP has been playing catch-up since Eliot Spitzer shook up the New York City comptroller’s race, but now it looks like Stringer just might be able to catch up. This week he secured the backing of U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand—who had initially said she was steering clear of the race—as well as a trio of endorsements from prominent women’s groups. And two new polls showed Spitzer at 49 percent—not quite able to pass the 50 percent threshold—with one of the polls showing Stringer just four points behind Spitzer.
Carlos Danger - He’s a mysterious ladies man who trolls the cyber world for companionship, typing his way into women’s hearts and wowing them with photographs of his anatomy. Too bad he’s also a married former congressman with an infant son, and he happens to be running for mayor of New York City. Danger’s latest blunder was misleading the public into thinking that he had not had a “relapse” of his inappropriate online dalliances after resigning, but instead revealing that he interacted with “maybe” three other women since leaving Washington. Anthony Weiner’s behavior may fall under the category of compulsive and could erode his good standing with voters. And dragging his wife, Huma, into the fray at a press conference confirming that he is Carlos Danger was perhaps the most uncomfortable moment of the entire campaign.
Jim Dolan - The Madison Square Garden chairman received some bad news this week when the City Council decided against giving the arena a lifetime permit at its current location, instead handing down a 10-year permit with the intention of forcing it to relocate to make way for a revamped Penn Station. Dolan is in the midst of spending nearly $1 billion renovating the “World’s Most Famous Arena” (and subsequently jacking up Knicks and Rangers ticket prices), so the thought of packing up and leaving after dropping that kind of cash surely has the hot-tempered Dolan seething. That, or the fact that the Brooklyn Nets have spent their offseason stealing headlines from Dolan’s Knicks.
Micah Kellner - So far this summer, running for office in New York City with a sex scandal hanging over you hasn’t appeared to hurt your chances. But something tells us that Assemblyman Micah Kellner’s case might be different, in part because his scandal is a new one. It was revealed this week that Kellner made sexually harassing statements to a staffer back in 2009–prompting at least one supporter, Jessica Lappin, to pull her support for the City Council candidate. Now more Democrats may follow her lead and Kellner could be back in Albany come January and not at City Hall.
John Rhea - Several of the leading Democratic candidates in the New York City mayoral race created some buzz by spending an uncomfortable night in a Harlem public housing facility this past weekend—but it wasn’t the kind of publicity that the chairman of the New York City Housing Authority wanted. The candidates were invited by Rev. Al Sharpton to see for themselves what it was like to live in NYCHA housing, and what they witnessed was graffiti, foul odors, mold and generally an environment of disrepair and decrepitude. Maybe Rhea should spend a night there, too.
Sheldon Silver - This has been a familiar spot for the powerful Assembly Speaker this year. The Vito Lopez sexual scandal has been like water torture with drip after drip of damaging disclosures. And this week we learned that another Assembly member, Micah Kellner, made inappropriate statements to a staffer and that Silver’s legal aide Bill Collins allegedly didn’t bring the complaints to the Assembly Speaker. It’s a story that is hard to believe. Silver wasn’t able to hold on as Speaker for almost two decades without knowing everything that is happening in his conference, and this week a former lawmaker said that the “episode doesn’t sound plausible to me.” We have a hard time disagreeing.