Archive for September 15th, 2005

15th September
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, September 15, 2006

By Andrew Wolf

After the votes were counted, 300,000 fewer of them than in the mayoral primary four years ago,the two top finishers in Tuesday’s Democratic contest delivered two remarkable speeches to their supporters.

To listen to Fernando Ferrer, he won the primary outright and was moving on to tackle Mayor Bloomberg.

Then, Anthony Weiner sounded the horn to begin his runoff campaign against Mr. Ferrer — but did so in a surprisingly tentative way. He spoke an hour after Mr. Ferrer, not the expected modus operandi for the press-savvy congressman, who could have sought a bigger audience by making his speech earlier.I have learned that during that hour a vigorous debate was taking place at Weiner headquarters about whether Mr. Weiner should withdraw, right then and there — a seemingly unprecedented move. Temporarily, Mr. Weiner was dissuaded, and he made his odd midnight speech. But by morning he made a firm decision to withdraw, scheduling the announcement for noon. (more…)