Every year’s election cycle is filled with controversies, but the transgressions of former congressman Anthony Weiner have upped the ante in 2013. The sexual scandal that caused Weiner to resign in 2011 reared its head after he began his campaign for mayor last month.
NY1 is set to televise the latest debate of Democratic candidates for mayor tomorrow night with anchor Errol Louis moderating. He tells Tuned In that the circus surrounding Weiner has dissipated, primarily because the voters have already spoken.
“The reality is that Weiner has not, in my opinion, overly dominated the coverage,” Louis says. “He got his turn in the sun because he was interesting and newsworthy. [Weiner] got his turn at the top of the poll, and now he has yielded that spot.”
Despite losing support from many constituents, Louis believes Weiner will be on the primary day ballot September 10.
“It would just be logistically almost as difficult to end the campaign as to finish it out,” Louis says.
Despite being shut out of this year’s citywide debates by the Campaign Finance Board, WABC-TV has taken matters into its own hands.
Channel 7 will host the first debate in the Democratic battle for New York City Comptroller. Anchor Bill Ritter leads the debate against Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and former governor Eliot Spitzer. The debate, at the WABC studios, will stream live Friday, August 9 at 10 a.m. It will air on WABC, Sunday, August 11 at 11 a.m.
As part of the debate doubleheader, Channel 7 gathers the Republican candidates for New York City mayor August 11 at noon.
“WABC-TV and Eyewitness News are proud to continue our tradition of providing viewers with the most comprehensive information necessary to make a thoughtful and confident decision when they enter the voting booth,” said Dave Davis, president and general manager of WABC-TV.
WABC already broadcast a Democratic primary debate in New Jersey’s U.S. Senate race last weekend.
Channel 7 is a co-sponsor of the debates along with Noticias 41 Univision, the Daily News, and the League of Women Voters of the City of New York.