2005_02_weiner.jpgHere's a little Mayoral Race 2005 action to tie us over: Congressman and mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner held a protest against the West Side Stadium yesterday, but he was heckled by trade union guys. According to Newsday, the trade unionists were more "amused" than menacing, and called Weiner a "loser." But Gothamist could feel sorry for Weiner, because those union guys could probably take him, it turns out that Weiner heckled back.

2005_02_ferrer.jpgAnother Democratic mayoral hopeful, former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, got a big boost, as Attorney General Eliot Spitzer supported Ferrer's run. The NY Times points out that it's unusual to get this kind of support before even the Democratic primary, and some speculate that Spitzer needs the Hispanic vote, while Ferrer need to appeal more to white voters. Gothamist thinks the Spitzer endorsement was a big coup for Ferrer, who, though beloved, hasn't been in office for a while and has been able to seem less conflicted as the would-be candidates who have been.

2005_02_bloomby2.jpgMeanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg has been wooing the International Olympics Committee with the wonders of NYC this week. Not only have they been staying at the Plaza and had dinner at Mayor Bling's Upper East Side townhouse (no Gracie Mansion, thank you very much) with celebrities on the order of Meryl Streep, Whoopi Goldberg, Matt Damon, Barbara Walters, Santiago Calatrava, and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, they were serenaded with some Jazz at Lincoln Center and treated to fireworks in Central Park. In the midst of all of this, the Mayor, ingratiating himself to Queens residents, the Mets organization, and Mets Fans, said that Shea was too shabby for any Olympic fun. Good one, Bloomby, as you're already in a hole with the Queens GOP.

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