Earlier this week, disgraced U.S. Rep and now New York City Mayor candidate Anthony Weiner was discovered (and partially admitted to) making more illicit online correspondence. Despite pressure to withdraw from the Mayor’s race, he refuses.
Of local note, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D) in my district publicly endorsed Weiner for the job back in April, citing,
“Anthony is a good guy in my opinion.” Ellison said. “Now, he should’ve came clean once he got busted, you know, and I’m sorry he didn’t do that — but he’s sorry he didn’t do that, and his wife’s sorry he didn’t do that.”
That’s a lot of sorry going on — and that was just last April. I wonder if Ellison regrets his endorsement — I asked him if he still supported Weiner on Twitter, and have not received a reply – nor has he commented online.
Of national note is Weiner’s difficulty in gaining endorsements from Representatives in New York:
Jerry Nadler, a longtime representative from Manhattan, declined to support Weiner. Of his former colleague, Nadler said that he does not believe Weiner is best qualified, nor does his candidacy merit strong consideration. He also said he wished Weiner had passed on the race.
The New York Daily News also reports that current Democratic congresspersons Eliot Engel, Nydia Velazquez, Yvette Clarke, and Hakeem Jeffries, all from city districts, have declined to support Weiner so far despite being contacted. His most notable endorsement to date may well be from another state: US Rep. Keith Ellison, Democrat from Minneapolis, backed Weiner in April.
Anthony Weiner has now become a bigger laughing stock, with Slate offering a Weiner pseudonym name generator, and jokes on Twitter to expect “Carlos Danger” write-ins on NYC ballots. What a sorry state, indeed.
In the meantime, Minneapolis is electing a new Mayor for the first time in years, and so far I do not see any candidate endorsements from Rep. Ellison – who was elected to represent that congressional district. Perhaps that’s just as well for any candidate wishing to remain credible.
Lastly, of regional Great Lakes note, Keith Ellison was born and raised in Detroit — and silent on the distressing news of the sorry state of economic ruin there.
UPDATE: Via Rachel Stassen-Berger at the StarTribune – Keith Ellison is not sorry, and says it’s up to New Yorkers to decide.
“I don’t plan on changing anything…I had a minimal role before the revelations and I’ve got a minimal role now,” Ellison, D-MN, said.
Sounds like leadership shrinkage!
Cross-posted at FreedomDogs.