‘the dirty trick that launched anthony weiner’s career’

Steve Kornacki (Salon): …if this does end up being the end for Anthony Weiner’s public career, it might not be quite the injustice it seems like – at least if you know how his career began.

Twenty years ago, Weiner’s opening came when the City Council was radically expanded … One of the new districts, the 48th, would be in Southern Brooklyn. It was a neat match for Weiner … there was no incumbent, and the population was heavily Jewish. He jumped in the race.

He was not the favorite … as the all-important Sept. 10 Democratic primary approached, the consensus was that he’d come up short…

It was at this point that Weiner’s campaign decided to blanket the district with leaflets attacking his opponents. But these were no ordinary campaign attacks: They played the race card, and at a very sensitive time. They were also anonymous.

Just weeks earlier, the Crown Heights riot – a deadly, days-long affair that brought to the surface long-standing tension between the area’s black and Jewish populations – had played out a few miles away from the 48th District…

It was just days after order had been restored that Weiner’s campaign distributed its anonymous leaflets, which linked (Democrat rival) Adele Cohen – whose voters he was targeting in particular – to Jesse Jackson and David Dinkins, who was then New York’s mayor. It is hard to imagine two more-hated political figures in the 48th District at that moment … The leaflets urged voters to “just say no” to the “Jackson-Dinkins agenda” that Cohen supposedly represented. At City Hall, Dinkins held up the flier and branded it “hateful.”

….Weiner finished in first place … only after the ballots were counted did he admit that he’d been behind the leaflets, claiming that “We didn’t want the source to be confused with the message.”…

… who knows where Weiner would be today if he hadn’t made such a dark appeal to racial hostility days after a notorious riot?

…..Is it unfair if he loses his political future because of a scandal as dumb as this one? Sure. But it’s also not exactly fair that he ever made it this far.

Full article here

41 Responses to “‘the dirty trick that launched anthony weiner’s career’”

  1. 1 CTGirl
    June 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Really now! I did not know this…what do they say about karma?

    • June 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      It was news to me too CTGirl, completely stomach-churning. And this guy is hailed by the professional left as a progressive hero?! I hope his career is over, not for the current crap, but as payback for his race-baiting.

      • 3 meta
        June 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm

        I know he harangues on the House floor but I’d like to hear why people consider him such a progressive hero. He voted in favor of the Iraq War and I can’t find much in the way of substantive legislation he’s sponsored. There was one bill he introduced that would create 1,000 new visa slots for supermodels. Seriously. So what are his achievements as a Congressman?

        • 4 sherijr
          June 8, 2011 at 9:36 pm

          My question too meta.. to my understanding he heads no committees.. he seems to favor spending his energy ingratiating himself on national teevee as the ‘voice of the left’ yelling mostly about President Obama.

          • 5 VC prezOfan2
            June 9, 2011 at 12:58 am

            Sherijr, this last statement is all I knew about him, and consequently have not liked him at all! All my entries about PBO’s backstabbers have included his name because I never yet saw him on TV without him taking a swing at the President’s leadership. I find it ironic that the last time I paid any attention to him I believe he was being critical of PBO’s integrity. Of course, not being able to follow issues right now, I’m not sure what exactly all the fuss is about, but I know I didn’t like him, as he was always criticizing the leader of his party in public, implying that he could lead better. The story of his ‘shady’ political beginnings somehow do not surprise me.

        • 6 hopefruit2
          June 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm

          Ironically, he also voted to defund ACORN after it was smeared by Breitbart & Co.

        • 8 Puddin
          June 9, 2011 at 3:37 am

          I heard the other day that he is known for not doing much work, but always seem to take credit for the work that gets done by others. Apparently, he is nt well liked by his colleagues…and folks (msm) are wondering why dems are not rallying around him! Karma is a B!!

          • 9 Dorothy Rissman
            June 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm

            Puddin, I was reading comments on msnbc about the weiner. Person after person said the magic tool is the only person who accomplishes anything. He is the only progressive.

            NO! He is the only screamer.

  2. 10 meta
    June 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I smell toast.

  3. 11 hopefruit2
    June 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Well, I had long suspected that some of this guy’s continued venom and disrespect towards our President was racially motivated..

    • 12 Proud of Obama
      June 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      Wow, so much of his unbridled disdain toward PBO makes sense now. His horrible attitude coming from a dem was just too much.

    • June 8, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      I honestly believe most of it comes from his loyalty to the Clintons. They appear to be extremely close.

      • 14 Lovepolitics2008
        June 9, 2011 at 12:00 am

        I concurr. And I will add a general comment:

        I have thought for two years that a BIG part of President Obama’s problems within his party and with the DC media is the resentment from the Clinton camp and their numerous allies and friends within the Beltway. That includes staffers, administrators, journalists, pundits. Barack Obama was an outsider, and he has paid, IS PAYING a HEAVY price for the way he ascended to the presidency. He is a REAL agent for change. He DOESN’T want to play the game. And he’s making a lot of people uncomfortable.

        • 15 Charmed
          June 9, 2011 at 8:05 am

          I Agree, President Obama’s biggest problems are from the Clinton camp…..okay something is wrong with my post, it’s black, I need to go investigate

          • June 9, 2011 at 8:13 am

            Hi Charmed – oh no, you’re the second person who’s had trouble with the comment box. I played around with it yesterday after hearing of the problems and tried to ensure that the text of comments is white and the background black. That’s what I see when I read your comment, but what are you seeing? Thanks Charmed.

            • 17 Ann_T
              June 9, 2011 at 9:23 am

              I can’t see what Ipm typing. I hope it appears. The comment box is black. Forgive any typos.

            • 18 Ann_T
              June 9, 2011 at 9:26 am

              Where’s the gremlin, Chipsticks?

              I just realized I can highlight what I type…before hitting Post. Then check for typos. .

              • June 9, 2011 at 9:30 am

                Yikes! Ann, is your text black? And the background of the comment box black? Your text is coming up as white, but are you seeing it as black??

                • 20 Ann_T
                  June 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

                  The comment box is black while I’m typing. I see the marker (white) moving along as I type. I am literally typing blind. I see that when it posts, it is in white. But I can’t see the letters as I type. I can scroll over what I type, after I type it to check for typos. Correcting errors is hard. The letters on the screen are virtually black. If I look very close, the letters are an off black color.

              • June 9, 2011 at 9:40 am

                Ann, could you try another comment and see if there’s any improvement? I changed a couple of the settings but not sure if it’ll work. Thanks.

                • June 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

                  The comment box is still black. Sorry it took me a a little longer to post above. I see that the background color of the postings above has changed. But the comment box is still black.

                  • June 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

                    btw…I actually noticed that I couldn’t see letters in the comment box, acouple days ago. I was not sure where to send a note to you. I do not see a link to send comment at the top of the page. I think I sent a message a few day ago by replying to an old email. I’m not sure if you got it.

        • 27 Ann_T
          June 9, 2011 at 9:31 am

          I agree with you Lovepolitics. I’m glad PBO appointed Hillary Secretary of State. She has done a good job. But she has said she will only serve one term. I guess Bill can take the gloves off once Hillary leaves. 😦

          • 28 Ann_T
            June 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

            What I mean is they always say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. The real sneaky stuff will start once she leaves.

  4. 29 Claire
    June 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    This makes even more interesting that the woman (Gennette Cordova) that was sent the underwear photo by Weiner is a black woman. I guess when it comes to sexting he enjoys all races.

    She is photo number 2 in his gallery of women.


  5. 33 yardarm756
    June 8, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Vitter should be the next to go.

  6. June 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    My, My, My, Oh what tangle webs we weave Umh!

    • 35 meta
      June 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      I’m wondering why in his presser he claimed he didn’t abuse any resources of his office when it looks like he did do much of this activity from his office. What a mess. Since Leader Pelosi is trying to take back the House in 2012, I really don’t think this goes on much longer.

  7. 36 Mae who love our CIC
    June 8, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Karma. You reap what you sow. It is quite clear his actions of not supporting our President completely had some underlying factors I don’t care if the Clintons are his friends. They seem to have moved on why couldn’t he got sake of the party.

  8. 37 isonprize
    June 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Instead of talking about Weinter’s weiner, HERE is the issue that needs to be front and center….

    Following a time-honored Washington tradition of dumping required but embarrassing information on a Friday night before a major holiday, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas finally released the details of his wife’s income from her year or so working for the tea party group Liberty Central, which fought President Obama’s health care reform law. His new financial disclosure form indicates that his wife, Virginia, who served as Liberty Central’s president and CEO, received $150,000 in salary from the group and less than $15,000 in payments from an anti-health care lobbying firm she started.

    The disclosure was apparently prompted in part by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who had been needling Thomas (including on Twitter) for months to disclose how much money his wife earned from Liberty Central.

    Read the rest of the story here…

    Will Clarence Thomas Recuse Himself on Health Care Reform?

  9. 38 Sandy1110
    June 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    So much irony here. You’d think being as tight with the Clintons as he seems to be, he would’ve learned from what happened to Bill. Dumb, dumb, dumb!

  10. 39 kasai
    June 9, 2011 at 12:50 am

    As they say “What goes around come around”

    Don’t step down on those that you might have to look up one day!

    • 40 kasai
      June 9, 2011 at 1:01 am

      Chip your Title says it all….. “A Dirty Trick Launched his Career”…. and “A Dirty Trick will End his Career”

      It’s time to clean house and elect people like our President, a true model of “Family Values”,

    June 9, 2011 at 9:34 am


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