2005_08_cvirginia.jpgManhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields is featured in the third mayoral hopeful profile from the NY Times (which means we'll be reading about Congressman Anthony Weiner next week). The article notes that she's nice, "immaculately turned out," and, so far, not very firm when it comes to taking sides in a issue. The article is filled with examples of Fields's good nature but not exactly distinctive political career:

When Percy E. Sutton, the Harlem business mogul and a fund-raiser for Ms. Fields, was asked to name her most memorable achievement, he paused, searching for an answer. "I just know I admire her because she stands up for causes," he said at last.

The Politicker points out that in Times reporter Randal Archibold's slideshow, Archibold says, "She’s good-natured. She just generally seems a very nice person...[hesitates, then adds with a gentle laugh]...which, in New York City, is not always an asset when you’re campaigning." Ouch - but she was trying to calm Weiner down during Sunday's debate by placing her hand on his. New Yorkers, whether they admit it or not, seem to like tough or extreme mayors (even though Ed Koch was all "How am I doing?" he was pretty extreme - he didn't want a second area code for the city because he thought it would divide the city!, Rudy Giuliani was thought of as a near-fascist before September 11, and Mayor Bloomberg, well, he's extremely rich), and a nice lady from Birmingham whose fierceness only appears occasionally probably won't make the cut come September 13.

In the meantime, Weiner is saying the 114-page book of negative things about former Bronx Beep Fernando Ferrer compiled by someone during Mark Green's mayoral run in 2001 is fair game for anyone to use, since the things it mentions are old hat. Weiner went on to say that the book is a lesson that one should have a good shredder. Ah, that Weiner is always joking. As for jokes, Bloomberg isn't laughing at how Ferrer's campaign spoofed the Mayor's participation in announcing awards for student essays. Ferrer's campaign sent out an fake email penned by the Mayor; this is what we cobbled together from the NY Times and the Post:

- "My name is Mike Bloomberg and this summer I had a super adventure. You see, I'm the mayor of New York City and I got to do a lot of fun things."
- "It's so much more fun to ride around in my helicopter or stay in my big house in Bermuda."
- Written in an exaggerated gee-whiz tone, the supposed Mr. Bloomberg describes a "super adventure" in which he tried to bring the Olympics to his city because he "thought it would be like a big party" in which "we'd build big stadiums where they could play sports and everyone would have fun."

But, the essay continues, even after working "very, very hard" and traveling the world - "I went to Greece and Ghana (that's in Africa!)" it says - it turns out that "no one was very fun" about the idea because of overcrowded schools, unsafe subways and a lack of enough money for security measures. "Sometimes being mayor isn't very fun at all," the essay ends. [NY Times]

This is gold, Jerry, gold! Who knew Ferrer had it in him? Next, Ferrer staffer will send an email claiming to be from Gifford Miller's children ("Daddy makes us go with him to his stupid campaign events and we just wanna watch The Fairly Odd Parents!").

Newsday's Politirazzi has bloopers from Sunday's debate. And if you're not going to be in town for the September 13 primary, your absentee ballot needs to be in by September; more info from NY1.