Anthony Weiner opponents create ‘Stop Weiner’ campaign, complete with sexting pictures
When a grassroots campaign emerges targeting a particular candidate, it’s a sure sign they’ve become a viable frontrunner.
“Stop Weiner” showed up online Sunday, noting they’re “appalled and disgusted” by the former Brooklyn representative’s bid for mayor.
The campaign, which also calls Weiner “hypocritical, arrogant and useless,” is a joint effort by the the union and Local 372, a union representing public school employees.
Though the website features half-naked images of the candidate from his infamous Twitter scandal and calls Weiner a “cheater”, Davids and her colleagues mostly take issue with his proposal to cut roughly 1,600 parent coordinators from city schools.
“He’s not a public school parent,” said Davids, who is a citizen of South Africa and cannot vote in the election herself.
Weiner’s campaign did not return a request for comment, but in his “Keys to the City” plan, Weiner writes parent involvement is “important.”
“But the current policy of having paid parent coordinators is a waste of money and misunderstands the importance of parents being part of the oversight of a school—not the staff,” the plan reads.
Davids wondered why Weiner would target this group.
“The parent coordinators are the only jobs he pledged to eliminate,” she said. “Where did he get this idea? Did they pull it out of the air?”
Davids didn’t specifically cite the Weiner sex scandal as a reason for opposing him, but said it, along with the proposal, demonstrates a pattern.
“This is an attack on women,” she said. “He clearly has no respect for this traditionally-held female job.”
Davids also noted that many parent coordinators are black and Latino and that they would “end up on the employment line.”
“He wants a second chance but he wants to destroy what might be other peoples’ second chances,” she said.
While the Parents Union threatened to start the “Stop Weiner” campaign in June and will officially launch sometime next week, the website appeared just days after several polls put Weiner both ahead and neck-and-neck with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
Quinn, who has long been considered the Democratic frontrunner, has received similar treatment from grassroots movements opposing her policies.
After the closing of St. Vincent’s in the West Village, Louis Flores started blogging against Quinn and began @StopChrisQuinn, believing she was complicit in the shuttering.
“I think early on when she was leading the polls by a very large margin, there was a huge urgency,” said Flores, one of several organizers against the speaker.
Flores said the election’s outcome will show if the power of the Internet can match traditional campaign financing.
“The only way Christine Quinn can win is if her money out maneuvers any grassroots campaign on a more local level,” he said.
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