Weiner's first TV ad: 'Powerful voices' against him
August 12th, 2013
07:44 AM ET
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Weiner's first TV ad: 'Powerful voices' against him

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(CNN) – Anthony Weiner's campaign for New York City mayor released its first television commercial Monday, though the spot didn't allude to the lewd messaging scandal that rocked his campaign and preceded a drop in the polls.

The spot instead focuses on Weiner's plans for the city, and features the candidate speaking directly to voters.

"I've waged a campaign focused like a laser beam on fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it," the former congressman says in the spot.

"Powerful voices have made it very clear from the beginning they didn't want me to win," he continues. "But this isn't about what they want. They've gotten their way for far too long. If you give me the chance I'll fight for you and your family every single day."

The commercial ends with the familiar "doors closing" chime from the New York City subway.

Weiner's bid for the Democratic nomination in New York's mayoral race was shaken this summer after he admitted to sending raunchy messages and photos to women online as early as a year ago. Weiner left Congress in 2011 after admitting to similar acts.

Polls released over the past several weeks have shown Weiner in fourth place, a drop from earlier surveys that had him as a frontrunner.

And a new survey Monday from the Siena Research Institute showed only 11% of New York voters held a favorable view of Weiner, compared to 80% who viewed him negatively. And 68% of them said they were embarrassed by the attention brought on by Weiner and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who's making a comeback bid for city comptroller after his 2008 prostitution scandal.

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Yeah.........all of America's women!

    August 12, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  2. kirk

    Its bad when people vote for a candidates simply because they recognise the name.all the more reason not too

    August 12, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  3. Borderless

    Oh, I thought you went away, Tony. I guess I shouldn't have given you credit for having common sense.

    August 12, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |