Bloomberg, Cuomo offer mixed reactions to Weiner’s campaign

Former New York Gov. George Pataki, Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attend the memorial ceremonies for the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center site September 11, 2012 in New York City. New York City and the nation are commemorating the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Photo by David Karp-Pool/Getty Images)
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Following the launch of Anthony Weiner’s campaign, a cagey Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a scornful Governor Andrew Cuomo separately offered their thoughts about the former congressman on Wednesday.

Dodging questions at an East Harlem press conference regarding New York City’s new professional soccer team, Bloomberg steadfastly avoided saying whether he believed Weiner’s 2011 sexting scandal would hurt the city if he were elected.

Finally, one reporter pinned him down by asking if good judgment and good character were important.

“I don’t know there’s anything else that matters,” Bloomberg said finally—before going on to caution against judging people.

Cuomo likewise attempted to remain poker-faced on the topic early on Wednesday, but he was decidedly more blunt just hours later while speaking to the editorial board of the Syracuse Post Standard about his opposition to term limits.

“So if Anthony Weiner wants to run for mayor, he can run for mayor,” Syracuse Media Group chairman Stephen A. Rogers said.

“He runs? He runs,” said Cuomo.

“And if we elect him?” Rogers asked.

“Shame on us.”

 

 



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