Stick a Fork in This Weiner — It's Done
A new poll conducted by Qunnipiac University shows Anthony Weiner has dropped 10 points in the New York City mayoral Democratic primary, landing him in dead last among the likely candidates in the race. Following the most recent sexting fiasco, the fact that Anthony Weiner is still even trying to run for mayor is beyond my comprehension.
The previous Qunnipiac poll had Weiner as the front runner for the Democratic nomination, polling at 26%. After the most recent sexting ordeal, self-proclaimed Carlos Danger's numbers dropped to 16%. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is currently leading with 27%, followed by Bill de Blasio at 21%, and former Comptroller Bill Thompson at 20%. This is not the only poll that has shown the negative impact the scandal has had on the Weiner campaign. Last Thursday, a joint NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll indicated that Weiner had dropped 9 points.
Regardless of gender, 53% of likely Democratic voters who were polled believe Weiner should drop out.
This weekend, Weiner's campaign suffered another loss when Danny Kedem, the campaign manager, unexpectedly quit following last week's revelations.
The primary issue with Weiner is that he just isn't trustworthy. The man made a mistake, apologized, resigned from Congress, promised to never do it again, and a week later was doing the same exact thing. Many of his opponents voiced their displeasure with him continuing in the race. Weiner's most direct competition, Christine Quinn spoke out on NBC: "I think it's become very clear that former Congress member Weiner has a pattern of reckless behavior, an inability to tell the truth and a real lack of maturity and responsibility ... I don't think he should be mayor, and I think voters, if he stays in the race, will make that very clear."
Weiner has continued to push back and convince people that he plans on continuing the campaign. "In short, I'm going to keep doing what I've always done. I'm going to keep on fighting for my city," he said. The candidate plans to attend more street fairs, debates, and events, but his future looks dim. "With six weeks to go, anything can happen, but it looks like former Congressman Anthony Weiner may have sexted himself right out of the race for New York City mayor," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.