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Democratic Mayoral Hopefuls Try To Steer Attention Away From Weiner Scandals

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Thursday was another day when Anthony Weiner's exploits seemed to follow the other Democratic mayoral candidates wherever they went. Weiner's rivals tried hard to change the conversation, but they were not always successful. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

Fresh off the news that a new poll favored her in the race, mayoral candidate Christine Quinn received the endorsement Thursday of the National Organization for Women – on her birthday of all days.

Bronx Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo celebrated by serenading the City Council speaker at a press conference.

Even with new developments in Anthony Weiner's new online message scandal, Quinn remained the only Democratic candidate who had not asked him to drop out.

"I think former Congressmember Weiner has made it very clear that he has a pattern of reckless behavior. He has a significant challenge with telling the truth and does not have the responsibility or maturity to be mayor of the city of New York," Quinn said.

William Thompson was in Brooklyn on Thursday, calling for enhanced building floor plans to improve public safety. The former city comptroller also seemed exasperated by Weiner.

"It has become about daily revelations rather than about the future of the city of New York," Thompson said.

City Comptroller John Liu responded to the new, uncensored photos of Weiner's genitalia now in the public domain.

"I heard that the uncensored photos are available now. I hope I never see them. It's repulsive, really," Liu said.

Liu was in Lower Manhattan to release an audit about the South Street Seaport operator failing to meet obligations. But he seemed unaware that his office had signed off on the latest lease agreement, following a 2010 bankruptcy filing.

He was asked by NY1 whether his office had signed off on the agreement.

"That's a great question," he said. I'm not sure.... I think that was several years ago. Let me get the date for you."

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio steered clear of talking about Weiner Thursday, releasing a report about Brooklyn residents losing out from shuttered hospitals.

"It's appalling that we lost 12 hospitals already during the Bloomberg years. There are two more threatened right here. And that is why we need to stop this right now," de Blasio said.

Weiner's peccadilloes and the fact that he remained in this race continues to attract national attention Thursday. For the other candidates, that kept the spotlight not only off of them, but also far away from their policy ideas.

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