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Anthony Weiner (D) is kicking off his campaign for Mayor of New York City by making education a top issue:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

Anthony Weiner, the son of a former public school teacher, said his views on education run "deep in my bones."

Fresh off the announcement of his campaign for New York City mayor and Tuesday's promising poll numbers, the disgraced former congressman spoke at the first mayoral debate of his 2013 run. The debate, hosted by the union-funded New Yorkers for Great Public Schools, focused on education in the nation's largest school district.

Weiner sought to situate education within his middle-class message. The "pillars of the middle class ... are under duress, and it starts in our schools," he said.

The debate format cut candidates off fairly quickly and allowed little depth. Still, it became clear that Weiner joins other mayoral candidates who have articulated views counter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's polarizing policies on education.

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12:  New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg speaks during a VH1 Save The Music Foundation press conference at Harlem's PS 129 Elementary School on October 12, 2006 in New York City.  (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael R. Bloomberg
Bloomberg's administration has stressed hiring and firing teachers in accordance with test scores, expanding charter schools and closing schools found to be underperforming city metrics. Now, most candidates are calling for a moratorium on charters and locating them in the same location with public schools. New York has long been the stronghold of these ideas, adopted across the country under the education reform movement. Now, these self-styled reformers are keeping a close eye on elections in cities such as New York and Los Angeles, where the future of the reforms, and their political clout, are in question.

On Tuesday, Weiner called the cycle of closing traditional public schools and replacing them with charter schools a "self-fulfilling prophecy."

"We say, you know what, that school is empty. Let's put a charter in there. Yay, we win!" Weiner said in a mocking tone. The diminishing involvement that leads to those closures, he said, "is because we abandon them [the schools] in the first place." Weiner stressed the importance of adding resources, such as "chemistry labs" and "gyms." Echoing U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Weiner said teachers who choose to teach in these tough schools should be rewarded with bonuses. - Huffington Post, 5/28/13

The debate gave Weiner a chance to really emphasize his education agenda and differentiate himself from the rest of his primary opponents:

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/...

His appearance at the event, organized by New Yorkers for Great Public Schools (a group that is opposed to many of the Bloomberg administration's signature education policies) and held at N.Y.U., marked the first time Weiner fielded questions from an audience alongside his rivals for the Democratic nomination.

And since City Council Speaker Christine Quinn skipped the forum, instead scheduling a campaign event in Brooklyn, Weiner was, at least according to the latest Marist poll, the front-runner in the room.

Weiner's answers on a number of questions were different from those given by his rivals who were there (including Bill de Blasio, John Liu, Bill Thompson and Sal Albanese), and less likely to please the group that hosted the event: in addition to the answer to the question about arts funding, Weiner also defended his previous call to make it easier to remove disruptive students from classrooms, and refused to ban co-locations of charter schools without community approval.

Weiner also said he wanted to "reward" teachers who took jobs in more challenging schools.

Asked at one point during the forum if he would fight Governor Andrew Cuomo in order to get money owed to public schools, Weiner said yes, and added, "He started it." - Capital New York, 5/28/13

It may have been a bad idea for Christine Quinn to skip this debate because Weiner is gaining on her in the polls:

http://www.nydailynews.com/...

Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner has surged to within a few points of Democratic frontrunner Christine Quinn in the days after he announced his mayoral run, according to a new poll.

Weiner, who ended months of speculation by officially announcing his candidacy last week, is now the choice of 19% of the city's registered Democrats, according to a survey released Tuesday by Marist College.

Quinn, the City Council Speaker, remained atop the poll, but her support fell to 24%. That is her lowest mark to this point in the campaign.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio placed third with 12%, followed by ex-Controller Bill Thompson at 11%, Controller John Liu at 8%, ex-councilman Sal Albanese at 1% and Rev. Erick Salgado at less than 1%. Twenty-three percent of those surveyed remain undecided.

Weiner's support has grown now that he has entered the fray. Last month, when rumors began to circulate that he would join the race, a Marist poll placed him at 15%. Quinn had 26%. - New York Daily News, 5/28/13

If you'd like to get involved with Weiner's campaign, you can do so here:

http://www.anthonyweiner.com/

Originally posted to pdc on Wed May 29, 2013 at 06:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, New York City, and Education Alternatives.

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  •  kidding aside, he will make a great mayor (5+ / 0-)
    Anthony Weiner, the son of a former public school teacher, said his views on education run "deep in my bones."
    Although quoting Arne Duncan is not a winning strategy
    "We say, you know what, that school is empty. Let's put a charter in there. Yay, we win!" Weiner said in a mocking tone. The diminishing involvement that leads to those closures, he said, "is because we abandon them [the schools] in the first place." Weiner stressed the importance of adding resources, such as "chemistry labs" and "gyms." Echoing U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Weiner said teachers who choose to teach in these tough schools should be rewarded with bonuses. - Huffington Post, 5/28/13

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Wed May 29, 2013 at 06:37:32 PM PDT

  •  I don't think so. (2+ / 0-)
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    itskevin, randomfacts

    Black Holes Suck.

    by Pi Li on Wed May 29, 2013 at 06:42:26 PM PDT

  •  tough call ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Lujane

    vote for someone I generally agree with and take us down the path to national laughingstock status,

    or vote for someone who I sort of agree with more or less more often than not?

    •  I dont give a damn... (9+ / 0-)

      who laughs if we can stop the corrosive effects of expanding charter schools.

      "Patients are not consumers" - Paul Krugman

      by assyrian64 on Wed May 29, 2013 at 06:52:42 PM PDT

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      •  And if we can put education (7+ / 0-)

        Ahead of a test score.  I am a NYC Public School graduate.  When I went to school we had gym, art, swimming, learned how to cook, shop classes, dance, music and other programs that helped us develop our skills.  Many took what they learned in these programs and built careers out of them WITHOUT getting college degrees.  We had full days and got lots of homework but we LEARNED.  Oh and by the way, this was during the baby boom years.

        Charter Schools are the invention of people that want to take UNIONS away from teaching and that is the only reason for them to exist.  Good for Weiner, he has my vote.

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

        by Rosalie907 on Wed May 29, 2013 at 08:35:46 PM PDT

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        •  Rosalie, this is kind of meta (0+ / 0-)

          But do you know if there is a breakdown as to how the DLs voted for the mayoral endorsement?  I know Thompson won by a landslide, Liu got about a half dozen, and deBlasio a couple.

          I want some borough president choice.  

    •  BS (0+ / 0-)

      The man didn't screw anybody; he had sexual fantasies and played stupid online sex games. Sex and politicians go together like ...well....sex and politicians. Let us not fool ourselves.  If we ran every male politician who was sexually indiscreet out of the ring, we'd have like maybe 3 possible candidates for public office.  

      Republicans have been been making complete asses of themselves with actual sexual encounters and trysts all over the country and still run and win.  

      Newt 2012. Sociopath, adulterer, hypocrite, Republican.

      by tikkun on Fri May 31, 2013 at 08:19:16 PM PDT

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  •  Why is he inserting himself (0+ / 0-)

    into Mike Bloomberg's affairs?

  •  Wow. (1+ / 0-)
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    randomfacts

    I;m far removed this race and the locals will have their say. But an unsolicited tip: if you want to be the laughing stock of late night comedians elect Weiner. As we all might say ion occasion: "Of all the people in the phone book this is the best you have?". But then again y'all have a really BIG phonebook. And this is the guy?  

    •  What about President Clinton or FDR? (5+ / 0-)
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      jgnyc, Chi, pademocrat, Lujane, MKHector

      And the most successful Treasury Chief ever, Alexander Hamilton.

      Over 200 years ago, he conceded that he was an adulterer, but that his character was beyond reproach.

      Clinton is still the butt of countless jokes, but that doesn't mean that he wasn't a successful president.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

      by PatriciaVa on Wed May 29, 2013 at 07:52:03 PM PDT

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    •  So tell me (3+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, MKHector, Mostel26

      Who should we elect?  Christine Quinn who is Bloomberg's puppet, will continue the sell off of this City to corporations and get developers.  This City is becoming very anti middle class and (as one of my Professors once said many moons ago) "there will come a time when this city will be occupied only by the wealthy and the poor, with the poor there to service the wealthy, the middle class will be no more."  

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

      by Rosalie907 on Wed May 29, 2013 at 08:48:05 PM PDT

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  •  Anthony Weiner's the laughing-stock of NY media... (2+ / 0-)
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    randomfacts, Lujane

    ...right now. Still. Essentially, he's damaged goods. In years past, I worked closely with a couple of members of his staff and I found it to be a VERY underwhelming experience. I wasn't impressed then. I'm less "impressed" now.

    But, this will be one of the more interesting mayoral races NYC's seen in quite awhile.

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Wed May 29, 2013 at 06:54:33 PM PDT

  •  I am a vote for Weiner. Anthony Abedin has (3+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, anastasia p, Rosalie907

    a nice ring to it, consider.....:)

  •  Don't waste your breath. (0+ / 0-)

    The guy is a joke.  Normally I would say his personal life is his own business but his shenanigans reveal that he is an impetuous, selfish jerk who will lie when backed into a corner.

    We've all seen his dick, and that makes it difficult for people to take him seriously.

    "Unrestricted immigration is a dangerous thing -- look at what happened to the Iroquois." Garrison Keillor

    by Spider Stumbled on Wed May 29, 2013 at 08:28:17 PM PDT

    •  Did President Clinton lie when backed into a Crnr? (1+ / 0-)
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      Lujane

      Yet, he was one of the most successful Presidents ever.

      Cognitive Dissonance in DailyKos tonight.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

      by PatriciaVa on Wed May 29, 2013 at 08:49:29 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, he did and he was. (0+ / 0-)

        But if lied that blatantly while he was the Arkansas Attorney General, he wouldn't have ever made it to Governor, never mind President.

        "Unrestricted immigration is a dangerous thing -- look at what happened to the Iroquois." Garrison Keillor

        by Spider Stumbled on Wed May 29, 2013 at 09:11:35 PM PDT

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        •  Yet, in 2010, 61% viewed Pres Clinton favorably (1+ / 0-)
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          http://www.gallup.com/...

          PRINCETON, NJ -- Former President Bill Clinton is currently more well-liked by Americans than both of his successors. Sixty-one percent view him favorably, compared with 52% for President Barack Obama and 45% for former President George W. Bush.

          And if he were a candidate in 2016, and allowed to run again, he would soundly defeat all comers, including his wife.

          Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

          by PatriciaVa on Wed May 29, 2013 at 09:36:30 PM PDT

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  •  I hope he does well. All this bullsh*t hypocrisy (1+ / 0-)
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    pademocrat

    for sending some pics when all of us, ALL of us have done similar or worse stupid things. The only difference is we will in a surveillance society where EVERYTHING you do is monitored and he got caught. If Clinton can still be a beloved figure despite DECADES of infidelity, Weiner should be allowed to have his say. Cause if Bill Clinton was only getting started now his career would be dead in the water and everyone here would think it only right and fair.

    If I knew it was going to be that kind of party, I'd have stuck my ---- in the mashed potatoes! - Paul's Boutique

    by DoctorWho on Wed May 29, 2013 at 08:37:31 PM PDT

  •  Thanks. He's sounding better & better (5+ / 0-)

    And I reiterate how sick I am of cowering progressives who adopt a morally smug attitude to impose a destructive double standard on their own side. I'm sick of hearing that Weiner is a "laughingstock." Seriously? We can't deal with a few jokes? Then we deserve to lose and be out of power to a bunch of insane people.

    Call me when the Republicans repudiate David Vitter and Mark Sanford. Or shut up.

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Wed May 29, 2013 at 08:37:41 PM PDT

    •  The Jewish Press had a debate (1+ / 0-)
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      Mostel26

      tonight. A few reporters were live tweeting it. #jpforum.  The audience seemed to love Weiner and there are issues that aren't on the progressive radar necessarily such as suction circumcision and DOH regs, special Ed services for Yeshiva students...

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