(Jerusalem, September 27th) Anthony Weiner, the former mayoral candidate for mayor of New York City, has declared himself a late runner in the race to become mayor of Jerusalem.
The election in October was until now a two-way race between incumbent Nir Barkat and Likud challenger Moshe Lion.
But his opening campaign blast – a candid photograph texted to 300,000 Jerusalem voters – was immediately condemned by critics as “inappropriate.”
“I want to show the people of Jerusalem what I stand for,” said Weiner. “I’m not the kind of guy who just withdraws. I believe I have the name recognition and track record in sleaze that Jerusalem has been missing in recent years. They even named a hot dog after me.”
Weiner said his record of support for Israel would attract Israeli voters, and his Muslim wife would attract Palestinian voters.
“I believe I can present a stiff challenge to the other candidates,” he said.
He dismissed criticisms that he has never lived in Jerusalem.
“Lion lives in Givatayim and Barkat is way too honest to be granted a second term,” said Weiner.
“History has shown that Jerusalemites want a mayor well-versed in the minutiae of financial corruption and political double-dealing, they don’t like all this high-tech and porn stuff,” said Likud candidate Moshe Lion in a long-distance call from his home many miles from Jerusalem.
“Vroooooom,” said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat from the seat of his new racing car.