George Zimmerman Backlash Leads to Anthony Weiner Support


You may find that headline confusing because it is. But remember, Bill Clinton was the first black president. Maybe Anthony Weiner can be the second black mayor.

Stranger things have happened. And it turns out that there’s nothing a White Hispanic can’t accomplish for the Democratic Party without even meaning to.

Repeated polling has found a racial gap in the races for mayor and comptroller: black voters are far more likely than white voters to view Mr. Spitzer and Mr. Weiner favorably, and more likely to say they deserve a second chance.

How big a split is it?

Spitzer, the former governor running for city comptroller, leads opinion polls over his Democratic primary rival Scott Stringer only because of black voter support. Spitzer leads among likely Democratic voters 49% to 45% in the most recent poll released July 25 from Quinnipiac Polling Institute. That’s because black voters favor him 63% to 33%. Among white voters, Spitzer – who left the governor’s office in 2008 when it was revealed he solicited prostitutes – trails Stringer by more than 20 points.

In the mayor’s race, Weiner’s support has tanked among white voters since he revealed that he continued to send salacious text messages to women for a year after he left Congress in 2011. Just 7% of white Democratic likely voters back him, according to a July 29 Quinnipiac poll, down from 23% in a poll taken five days previous. But nearly a quarter of black voters still support Weiner: 24%, down from 31% in the previous poll.

If there wasn’t a black candidate in the race, Weiner might be doing even better.

The Rev. Dr. Marvin J. Bentley, the pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Corona, Queens, said that he thought that the heightened attacks on Mr. Weiner in recent weeks had galvanized some African-Americans to stick with him, seeing him as a fighter who would not back down.

“I think on the larger scale the African-American community is a little embittered with the political process now, so it’s kind of, ‘If you don’t like this guy, we’ll take him,’ ” he said. Then, with a reference to George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Florida, he added: “When you look at the Zimmerman situation and other kinds of factors, and stop and frisk, these are some of the things that we’re still reeling over and angry about. And to see Weiner being beat up, I guess you could say, attacked, because of his own indiscretions or not, I think that there’s a backlash that’s coming from the African-American community.”

We really all are Trayvon Martin. Even Anthony Weiner is Trayvon Martin.

  • tagalog

    I find it very difficult to believe that the black community for whom Anthony Weiner would be a candidate for office actually are thinking something like “If you won’t have him, we will” because of racial sensitivity over the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman. Such an attitude is ignorant and self-defeating; no sensible person could possess it. How can the two situations even be compared, must less be considered some kind of political parallel?

    • Buck Roeser

      They are probably just fascinated with his last name.

  • Marques Dillard

    Obviously, the writer of the article is so heavily bias that his argument wouldn’t win a high school debate. Unless this article was simply designed to preach to the choir, then he should have brought of the plethora of digressions from other politicians he would probably support to this very day, regardless. I find his Trayvon connection ironic considering that Zimmerman’s front man, Frank Taaffe (, is a hard core racist and felon. If the writer’s intention was to play connect-the-dots, perhaps he needs to learn that dots exist for those he finds acceptable as well.

    • northern_sentinel

      “..his Trayvon connection..”

      It is not his “Trayvon connection” but that of the Rev. Dr. Marvin J. Bentley.
      Why are you comparing him to Taaffe?
      Are you saying the Rev. is a racist and a felon?
      Seems if you are looking for racists you would not have to look far.

    • CAStr8talk

      One would have to ask oneself if someone believes what a nutty off-the-wall race baiting left wing extremist living in fantasyland Mother Jones blogger is saying, wouldn’t that make the person who believes that also a nutty off-the-wall race baiting left wing extremist living in fantasyland?

      • Marques Dillard

        Decent prose, but why don’t you try something called RESEARCH? It does a brain good. Obviously, you didn’t know that.

  • Mikado Cat

    “Even Anthony Weiner is Trayvon Martin.”

    Who did Weiner beat up?

  • AntSWeb

    Weighing in the difference in culture when it comes to such behavior as Weiner. Does the black community find this acceptable behavior? Does that mean the black community have less morals? Does the white community find Weiner’s behavior unacceptable? Does that mean blacks and white have different standards? I think so.

  • mtnhikerdude

    Rev. Dr. Martin J. Bentley , a doctor and a so called man of God . I doubt it . How is it that black preachers are also doctors ?
    Maybe Weiner texted his wife.