With Anthony Weiner sinking in the polls, the landscape has begun to shift in the mayor's race, with some candidates seeking to capitalize on the opportunity and becoming targets themselves in the process. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
For months, candidates have bristled at the media attention garnered by Anthony Weiner. Now, with Weiner's popularity plummeting, some of that attention has been redirected.
Christine Quinn and Bill de Blasio, first and second in a recent poll, both made national TV appearances Tuesday.
"Of course the scandal had an impact in voters' minds, because they know for the future to be the best possible, you need a mayor who has a level of maturity and responsibility," Quinn said on CNN's "New Day."
De Blasio, in particular, seems to be seizing on Weiner's slide, showing a bump in the latest Quinnipiac poll. On Tuesday, he was endorsed by entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte.
"We are on the side of Bill de Blasio," Belafonte said.
He also was endorsed by Brooklyn Rep. Yvette Clarke.
Asked about de Blasio's rise, even Weiner took a dig.
"Look, there's only one person in this campaign who’s running a campaign based on issues and ideas, who's not trying to line up every endorsement under the sun, stand next to famous people," Weiner said.
Meanwhile, de Blasio, the only candidate who supports two City Council bills seeking to rein in the New York City Police Department, took a swipe at William Thompson Tuesday. Thompson, now neck-and-neck with de Blasio, has recently spoken out against police tactics, but does not support the Council bills.
"I would say to him and everyone else: you can't have it both ways," de Blasio said.
"I haven't flip-flopped. I haven't changed," Thompson said. "My position continues to be the same. People should not be profiled. People should not be stopped because of who they are and what they look like."
As for Weiner, who drew hordes of reporters to a forum on small business issues Tuesday, he said he's not going anywhere.
"I recognize I am not a perfect messenger. I get that," he said. "I knew that when I got into this race, that these things behind me might be a problem for voters. I understand that. I've got a lot to prove to everyone in this city, everyone who's watching this race. But that doesn't mean I'm not going to keep trying."