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Who Will Fight For Sheepshead Bay Now That Weiner's Gone?

Source: AP

Sheepshead Bay will officially be devoid of representation from its Congressman Anthony Weiner, who will announce today that he is stepping down after the infamous May 27 mis-Tweet, seen by 40,000+ followers of the doomed pol, ignited a media hailstorm.

What does this mean for us, his constituents, who have watched crime in Sheepshead Bay spike at an alarming never-before-seen zenith, topping all of New York City with a 450 percent increase in murders since this time last year? What about the issues important to the residents of his district, including finding a replacement for the Pathmark supermarket, which Weiner vowed to do, and fighting for repairs to the heavily-eroded Plumb Beach?

What will happen to Weiner’s Congressional seat? Who will represent us?

While 56 percent of voters in his Queens district believe he should have been able to serve out the remainder of his term, and Sheepshead Bay residents similarly divided, Governor Andrew Cuomo could also simply leave the seat vacant, according to New York State Board of Elections spokesman, John Conklin, in speaking to HuffPo.

Under just-passed New York law, a special election can take place no less than 70 days and no more than 80 days after called for by the governor. Should Cuomo choose that path and announce a special election immediately after Weiner submits his resignation (likely this week), it would mean that a vote to fill the seat would take place either in the dead-days of late August or right around Labor Day weekend. Turnout, in short, would be abysmal. An alternative would be to let the process take its course.


If that happens, however, prospective candidates would have to make a mad dash to get on the ballot. “People should be out passing petitions in his district today or tomorrow,” said Conklin, “because the petition process closes on July 14.” Candidates from one of the six parties in the state — Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Working Families, Independence and Green — would then have to collect 1,250 signatures to qualify. Those attempting to run as an independent or third party candidate, would need 3,000. A primary would be held in September for that election on the first Tuesday in November.

Another interesting take comes from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who told POLITICO that he thinks the 25-year-old Queens City Councilman Eric Ulrich would be a perfect candidate to fill Weiner’s seat:

Rudy Giuliani is urging a Queens City councilman to run for Rep. Anthony Weiner’s seat if he resigns and a special election is held to fill the vacancy, sources told POLITICO. Giuliani met today with Republican Councilman Eric Ulrich and said he would support him in a contest for the heavily Democratic NY-9 disitrict [sic], the sources said.

Were that to come to fruition, District 9, which Weiner covered, would have representation from a 25-year-old Queens resident, whose sole connections to Brooklyn were teaching religion at Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge after graduating with a degree in political science from St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights.

Aspect number three (and there are probably dozens more) is that Councilman Lew Fidler’s name has been mentioned as a “possible candidate for Anthony Weiner’s congressional seat,” after Politicker announced that the pol is raising funds for “an ‘unspecified’ state office”:

This past month, I formed a new committee allowing me to fund raise for an “unspecified” state office. With a filing and reporting date coming up at the end of June, it is imperative that I raise a larger sum of money than I have ever raised before. While I have always found political fund raising to be one of the most distasteful aspects of elected service, it is unfortunately a necessary one. Without matching funds, and with this urgent need, I am asking you to help…and in as big a way as you possibly can.

Either way, with Weiner gone, and State Senator Carl Kruger’s future on wobbly ground, Sheepshead Bay will have a tougher time fighting battles crucial to the community.


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  1. Who cares about Sheepshead Bay? Who cares about Brooklyn or Queens? Who cares if he actually gave a damn about the communities he served. This man took a crotch shot. He’s a liberal. He was roommates with Jon Stewart. Andrew Brietbart can’t stand him. Weiner must be punished severally! Off with his head!*    *Sarcasm                                  

  2. Why beat a dead horse? Instead of being sensationalistic, and glomming onto the more tawdry element of this story, I thought it important to cover more practical matters.

  3. Rep. Weiner has taken responsibility for his actions, but he is as much a victim as a perpetrator. He was hounded into resignation by a scandal-hungry media competing for readers and viewers, by late night comics looking for cheap laughs, and by his colleagues, both in and out of Congress, who were willing to throw him under the bus, if only to preserve their right to dump on other, perhaps less politically allied, colleagues for their own, possibly worse, personal transgressions.

    The photographs that started it all, a shot of Weiner’s bare chest and one of his underpants, were hardly any worse than a half-page Bloomingdale’s underwear ad that ran in the New York Post the same week. But the media frenzy over this non-issue brought out other details of his personal life, and what should have been his private communications, because media money, offered to opportunistic bimbos, indeed talks. Had he not been recently married, and had he held his erotic cybertrysts under an alias, perhaps none of this would have happened. His greatest sin is that he should have been more discrete.

    What Weiner did, assuming that what we know is the entire story, is no worse than what many men do with willing participants online in the privacy of their bedrooms. He did not take advantage of anyone, none of the half dozen women he corresponded with were staffers or even constituents, and, from what we know, he never actually met any of them. And what he did was not a crime. It was morally wrong only because it was a quasi-adulturous compromizing of his marital vows, and it was ethically wrong only in that it risked compromizing his credibility as an elected leader and advocate, and, as such, his ability to continue doing the job for which he had been hired by the people. Perhaps his greatest transgression was lying to his colleagues, the media, and the public. Politicians are known for lying, but, as we have see in so many of these kinds of cases, punishment is selectively administered.

    It’s ironic that what may have been the final blow to Weiner’s tenure came from two other noted exhibitionists, porn star/pole-dancer Ginger Lee, and media whore/attorney Gloria Allred. Weiner was down for the count, and, still, his detractors were lining up to kick him. It seems that the only ones in his corner, the only people begging him not to give up, were the more than half of his Brooklyn and Queens constituents, the people who elected him, who will now be deprived of his passionate and articulate representation and his diligent and attentive community service, and who now may see their Congressional District eliminated and merged with another one in which these disenfranchised voters will be the new kids on the block.

    What happened to Rep. Weiner is nothing short of a political lynching. Yes, he brought shame upon himself, his family, and his party, and he certainly bungled his efforts at damage control by so brazenly lying to the media. And his narcissistic indiscretions, like photographing himself in the mirror of the Congressional gym, did raise issues about his judgment. But this was the Anthony Weiner who, for many years and until just weeks ago, did his job as a passionate, outspoken, and influential advocate for the causes he, and so many of his supporters, believed in. Now that voice has been silenced, the there’s more than enough shame to go around.

  4. Not just us, but taking on the 9/11 rescuers health fund bill — that requires on-going fighting.

  5. With all due respect, he’s a victim of his own arrogance.  Politicians live and die by the press.  When you lie to the press – the same press you rely upon in your job, the same press who can sway public opinion – you seal your fate.  Long story short, he played them for fools.  When they became an (unwitting?) accomplice in his cover-up, they went for the jugular. 

    His own hubris fed the frenzy. Who knows?  Maybe if he was friendlier to
    his colleagues, they would’ve stuck up for him.  Word is that they too
    were fed up with his arrogance and grandstanding

    Not only did he lie (and by lie I mean REALLY lie – not just about the photos, but about being hacked), he (allegedly) asked others to lie for him. Lying to the public may be forgivable, but lying to the press and your own party leadership and your colleagues?  Wow. 

    The trust was irreparably broken.  If he woudl’ve stayed, every story about legislation would include a paragraph about this scandal and he would’ve been back-benched by the Democratic leadership, and the district would’ve suffered as a result.

  6. Actually, if you ask his colleagues publicly, he only took the spotlight on that issue – he didn’t do any of the consensus building for the legislation – he only talked on TV and make it a spectacle. 

  7. Sure, I am Liberal, just like Mr. Weiner, and proud of that.
    And that’s one of the reasons I would vote for him again, indeed.

    So, your point is?

  8. Sadly, I agree with you.  He did bring this upon himself.  But the liberal press, and his Congressional colleagues, could have given him and his constituents a break, especially in these troubled times when every progressive Democratic vote counts and New York so desperately needs friends in Washington.As a former publicist, both in and outside of government, I know well that media credibility is the lifeblood of a politician and that Weiner blew his big time.  In fact, if Weiner had let professionals handle his damage control, the results might have been different, i.e., he wouldn’t have hustled all those deceptive interviews, Andrew Breitbart wouldn’t have been able to commandeer the podium at his first press conference, and that Bengy twit wouldn’t have been able to crash and trash his second one.  But, then, Bill Clinton lied, too, and got impeached for it.  But he served out his term, is now considered an elder statesman, and his Wife is one of the most insluential women on the planet.

    Weiner had no choice but to resign because he had been mugged for what was left of his political capital. Perhaps, if not for his arrrogance, he would have made better choices and had more friends.  But Weiner’s arrogance was an important part of what made Weiner Weiner.  It probably would have made him a bad Mayor, but it made him a damn good Congressman.

  9. His arrogance is consistent with our long tradition of arrogant mayors. From Fernando Wood to William Gaynor to Ed Koch all the way up to our present mayor. It’s what makes New York, New York. Our best mayors were bold, dynamic, and annoying to some. Why even LaGuardia could be a pain in the neck. 

    I think in two years this silliness will all blow over and if the country hasn’t totally collasped due to Tea Party craziness Weiner has a good chance of getting nominated and elected. And the party bosses will be smart if they realize they have two choices, either get on board or get out of the way.

    Weiner should try to mend some of his fences because he’s going to need some media trumpeting before he formally returns to the field of battle. This current story can play much differently when it is told from hindsight.

  10. […] “District 9, which Weiner covered, would have representation from a 25-year-old Queens resident, whose sole connections to Brooklyn were teaching religion at Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge after graduating with a degree in political science from St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights,” writes Erica Sherman in “Who Will Fight For Sheepshead Bay Now That Weiner’s Gone?” […]

  11. Weiner was too busy showing off his “buff” body, Didn’t even hide who he was or his face. Then flat our lied to us all. No judgment no brains no concern for his constituents. The Dems wanted him out too. He was an embarrassment and a distraction to the Dems. I can assure you the Republicans liked him.

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