2005_06_unclelouie.jpgWhen Gothamist wants fluff pieces in the papers, we prefer them to involve food. So we greeted the Daily News' awesome political fluff piece with glee, as it detailed what kinds of ice creams the mayoral hopefuls like - if you can't be bothered to study the issues, then vote for the candidate whose cold dessert treat views align yours! Mayor Bloomberg like lemon ices from the Lemon Ice King of Corona, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller favors banana (B-A-N-A-N-A) ice cream from Emack and Bolio's, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields enjoys Haagen-Dazs rum raisin, former Bronx Beep Fernando Ferrer crosses boroughs for Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory's French Vanilla and Queens GOPster Thomas Ognibene loves butter pecan from his borough's Eddie's Sweet Shop. But the best explanation came from Representative Anthony Weiner:

Representative Anthony Weiner of Brooklyn frequents Uncle Louie G when he's in the mood for ice cream (the chain has multiple locations in the city), and he always gets mint chocolate chip. Weiner has warm childhood memories of eating the frosty stuff.

"His dad would try to cheer him up with a bowl of ice cream after every Mets loss when he was growing up," says Anson Kaye, Weiner's director of communications. "So he wound up eating a lot of ice cream as a kid."

Gothamist is surprised Weiner isn't tubbier! Gothamist loves this kind of reporting and we hope this is but the first installment in a series of what foods the politicians like; we hope they tread more controversial ground like where is the best pizza in the city.

The NY Times reports on photo shoot for New York magazine with the Democratic hopefuls - it seems that Weiner can hustle.