Anthony Weiner has 61 more ideas
August 6th, 2013
02:41 PM ET
8 months ago

Anthony Weiner has 61 more ideas

(CNN) – A swirl of campaign distractions related to the lewd messages and photos he sent to a woman online hasn't stopped Anthony Weiner from churning out more proposals for changing New York City.

In an addendum to his "Keys to the City" platform document, Weiner lists dozens of ways he'd change the way city government works, from altering parking regulations to changing New York's municipal tax code.

Other changes Weiner is championing: adapting Department of Health policies to better accommodate transgender New Yorkers, eliminating commuter and tourist helicopters above the city, and getting rid of horse-drawn carriages, which animal rights advocates say amount to cruelty.

He'd stop arrests for small amounts of marijuana, and write a rule into the building code mandating new structures of more than 25,000 square feet provide free wireless internet that's accessible in their surrounding areas.

The additional ideas – divided into categories like health care, crime, education and the environment – join a document Weiner introduced before he jumped into the New York mayoral contest which contained 64 similar proposals for changing how the city is run.

That "Keys to the City" pamphlet was a replica of a 2008 document Weiner prepared during the run-up to 2009's mayoral election.

Weiner's campaign was rocked in July when he admitted to sending raunchy messages and photos to women online as early as a year ago. A former U.S. congressman, Weiner left the House of Representatives in 2011 after admitting to sending similar lewd messages.


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  1. Data Driven

    All good ideas. I just wish a more responsible candidate was promoting them.

    August 6, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Boo

    And he'll make Christmas a monthly event. And he'll make sure it never rains or snows in NYC. And he'll make sure all NYers are thin and fabulous. THIS GUY JUST DOESN'T GET IT. What arrogance!

    August 6, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Weiner is the usual Dem hand out to win votes, mentality.

    When are the people of this country, going to figure out, that they are still paying for this stuff........one way or another???

    August 6, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. D Fisher

    He forgot to add his 62nd idea – getting naked in front of the computer and watching the new Sydney Leather's adult video.

    August 6, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. I'm NOT a liberal

    Was that 61 more people he tweeted?

    August 6, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    For all his faults, that seems to be about 125 more ideas than most politicians ever bother to put forth.

    August 6, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    What are the platforms of the other candidates? Why discuss the #4 person in the primary polls?

    August 6, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    At least its not 69.

    August 6, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. just sayin

    too bad this immature masochistic narcicist doesn't understand that all of his ideas don't matter if you can't control the urge to text your weiner all over the internet.

    August 6, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Nobody really wants to stop aid to Egypt given that it's one of our biggest allies in the region, but the threat of doing so could be helpful in forcing them to seek a democratic solution to these problems sooner rather than later. Maybe that's reading a little too much into it, given McCain's penchant for running his mouth lately, but there's a reason Obama chose him and Graham in particular to go over there.
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    Sniffit I am obviously baffled as to why President Obama would send these two over to Egypt.
    I am also completely convinced that Graham and McShame do not relish standing as one with THIS President, however, I will seriously say that the President has proven to be a great chess player and manipulator.
    Your explanation albeit a possible stretch would in fact explain his reasonings for choosing these two of ALL people to go to Egypts, and what I perceived as McShame going roguely off-script could indeed be, for the monetary reasons you stated, the ultimate objective of the administration.
    In which case I take my hat off to the President for actually finding something useful to employ those two fools in.
    I'm on standby mode, however.

    August 6, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    He'd stop arrests for small amounts of marijuana, and write a rule into the building code mandating new structures of more than 25,000 square feet provide free wireless internet that's accessible in their surrounding areas.
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    No opinion about the pot, but it might help clear out the courts and Riker's. Mandating free wifi is an overreach, though. He's encoraching into territory that will completely undermine the phone and cable companies that provide and sell internet service to customers. What he's proposing says that a new or remodeled buidling, full of apartments, has to provide free wifi to each of those apartments, instead of allowing the residents to subscribe to it through an internet provider. Just saying.

    August 6, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. kirk

    Too bad he is a tool.we could use someone.with new York's.best interest

    August 6, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. tom l

    @The Real TP
    "At least its not 69."

    Now THAT was funny!

    August 6, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "... and getting rid of horse-drawn carriages ... "

    From what I understand of the Grand Old Party platform thus far, we are going to have a real need for horse-drawn carriages in the not too distant future.

    Yes, yes ... I know Weiner is running on the Democratic ticket. It's just that lately as a Nation we all seem to be facing backwards, willingly or not. No doubt because there are so very many Republican governors forcing us back to what THEY regard as the good old days.

    Thus my comment on horse drawn carriages. Let's first see how 2014 tallies up state by state.

    August 6, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. I'm NOT a liberal

    Only democrats could/would vote for A. Weiner.

    August 6, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. wendel

    good ideas from a very bad candidate. Unfortunetly the right has no ideas at all. Sad

    August 6, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. A True Conservative

    Oh Yea!! Try to buy votes by giving away things and services for free!! How about getting your own life in order before getting in politics....again....and get your hand out of everyone else's pockets.....

    August 6, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. I'm NOT a liberal

    San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

    Just another democrat hating women.

    August 6, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    Rick McDaniel

    Weiner is the usual Dem hand out to win votes, mentality.

    When are the people of this country, going to figure out, that they are still paying for this stuff........one way or another???
    ***********************************
    As soon as they stop believing the nonsense that tax cuts create jobs, instead of consumer demand, and when the Southern apologists figure out that Lincoln did not start the Civil War.

    August 6, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    DM4O wrote:

    Sniffit I am obviously baffled as to why President Obama would send these two over to Egypt.
    I am also completely convinced that Graham and McShame do not relish standing as one with THIS President, however, I will seriously say that the President has proven to be a great chess player and manipulator.
    --------------------
    Does it help if I told that the reason I cited yesterday, to show a unified political front to the MB, came from an "unnamed source" within the Obama administration? At least that was the idea. Letting them know that waiting for political tides to change in the US doesn't change how the US regards the MB. I do not know what script McCain is working from, but I do think that he broke from it, at least publicly. Maybe he did it to force something to happen over there, I dunno.

    August 6, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. just sayin

    weiner looks good behind bars.... too bad they turn.

    August 6, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "No opinion about the pot, but it might help clear out the courts and Riker's."

    Which is partly why GOPers/Teatrolls don't like it. Studies show marijuana use (and drug use in general) are at the same levels in urban and suburban areas, but enforcement is grossly disproportionate. Nothing gives the conservatives a tingle down their leg like imprisoning hordes of black youths for minor drug offenses that are overcharged as felonies and thereby taking away their right to vote and hampering their ability to get an education and compete (with their white kids who also smoked tons of weed in high school) for employment later in life.

    August 6, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |