Anthony Weiner opponents create ‘Stop Weiner’ campaign, complete with sexting pictures

stopweiner.com
Credit: stopweiner.com

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.

“Anthony Weiner has no clue, no idea what he’s talking about,” said the president of the NYC Parents Union, Mona Davids, who is responsible for registering the new domain and Twitter account.

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.

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.