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.
By JERRY BARMASH
The death of Frank Lautenberg this week forced Governor Chris Christie into political maneuvering. He decided to call a special October election for the longtime Senator’s seat, after an August primary.
Today, Christie started the process by selecting State Attorney General Jeff Chiesa as the temporary successor.
Prior to the announcement, NY1 political host Errol Louis took to Twitter offering a unique choice to grab the spot.
By JERRY BARMASH
It’s still more than six months away, but the race for mayor takes a big step forward tonight.
NY1 has the first debate among Democratic challengers for the job of the city’s chief executive.
The debate at John Jay College is moderated by NY1 anchor Errol Lewis. NY1 reporters Juan Manuel Benitez and Dean Meminger are panelists. Sister station NY1 Noticias will broadcast a Spanish interpretation of the debate.
The one-hour debate, which begins at 7 p.m., will include six candidates looking to be the next mayor. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and New York City Comptroller John Liu will be joined by Bill De Blasio, Bill Thompson, Sal Albanese, and Erick Salgado.