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Rob Ford Hospitalized With Tumor

Future of Toronto mayor's campaign uncertain

(Newser) - Rob Ford's re-election campaign is in jeopardy again, and this time it's because of his health instead of his scandals. The Toronto mayor has been admitted to a local hospital with a tumor in his abdomen. A hospital spokesman says the tumor is "not small," but... More »

Kid Mayor Out of a Job

Bobby Tufts, 5, loses bid for 3rd term in tiny Minn. town

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy's run as mayor is over in a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota. Robert "Bobby" Tufts lost his bid for a third consecutive term as mayor of Dorset on Sunday. Eric Mueller, a 16-year-old from Mendota Heights, Minn., won when his name was drawn from... More »

Upstart Dumps Scandal-Weary DC Mayor in Primary

Muriel Bowser wins Dems' nomination

(Newser) - Scandal-plagued DC Mayor Vincent Gray is out of the running for a second term after losing the Democratic primary to a local lawmaker. Muriel Bowser, a DC councilmember, heads to the general election after securing the nomination amid paltry turnout, the Washington Post reports. With supporters from a range of... More »

Rob Ford Officially Running for Re-Election

He files paperwork, promises 'Ford More Years'

(Newser) - Good news, comedy fans: Rob Ford is officially running for reelection. Registration opened today for Toronto's 2014 mayoral election, and the unrepentant incumbent was the first major candidate to submit his paperwork, the Toronto Star reports. His slogan: "Ford more years." Yes, really. More »

De Blasio Will Be Dems' NYC Mayoral Candidate

After Bill Thompson concedes

(Newser) - New York City mayoral candidate Bill Thompson conceded the Democratic primary race to frontrunner Bill de Blasio today, averting a runoff and clearing the way for de Blasio to campaign for the general election. Thompson endorsed de Blasio at City Hall, saying he was proud to support him as the... More »

Weiner Concedes: 'I Was an Imperfect Messenger'

Sexting partner tries to crash NYC also-ran's event

(Newser) - While the final result in the Democratic primary for NYC mayor remains unclear , we can finally, finally stick a fork in Anthony Weiner's torturous campaign to run the Big Apple. The scandal-plagued former congressman finished in fifth place with around 5% of the vote. "We had the best... More »

O'Donnell to Weiner: 'What's Wrong With You?'

BuzzFeed calls trainwreck interview 'too amazing for words'

(Newser) - New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell last night, and let's just say the interview is a memorable one. The host had just one question for Weiner: "What's wrong with you?" O'Donnell was not, as you might... More »

Opposition Leader: Recount Moscow Mayoral Vote

Alexei Navalny nearly forced runoff with incumbent

(Newser) - With 51% of the vote, Moscow's incumbent mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, appears to have just managed an election victory. But Russian opposition leader (and The Wire fan ) Alexei Navalny , who received 27% of the tally—impressive for an opposition figure—wants a recount. If Sobyanin received less than 50%... More »

Bloomberg Slams Mayoral Frontrunner's Campaign as 'Racist'

Says Bill de Blasio is using his interracial family to score votes

(Newser) - One answer in a lengthy New York magazine Q and A with Michael Bloomberg is making headlines all on its own. In the interview, New York's outgoing mayor accuses Democratic frontrunner Bill de Blasio of running a "racist" campaign in his bid for for the top job. Asked... More »

Weiner Defends Latest Catfight With Heckler

Guy in bakery: Weiner 'disgusting,' 'married to an Arab'

(Newser) - Politico calls it a meltdown; Anthony Weiner says he "stood up to a heckler." Ahead of the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, the mayoral candidate visited a bakery in New York's Borough Park, where he had a heated exchange with a man in a yarmulke. It... More »

NYC Mayoral Candidates Debate: Should Trains Run Over Kittens?

Joe Lhota says yes, Weiner says he would rescue them himself

(Newser) - Two New York subway lines were shut down for several hours this week because of a couple of kittens on the track . So New York magazine asks the city's prospective mayoral candidates the tough question: Should the trains have just run over them? Republican Joe Lhota (notably, the city'... More »

Weiner's Latest 'Supporters:' Interns, Paid Actors

Latest ad features current and former intern; source says he's stacking own events

(Newser) - And the hits keep coming for Anthony Weiner. The latest allegations: He studded his latest TV ad with current and former interns and has hired "supporters" to pack his events. The former claims comes courtesy of the NY Daily News , which found that two of the four "everyday"... More »

Teen Who Plotted School Bombing Runs for Mayor

Joshua Hoggan says he's human, 'like the rest of us'

(Newser) - Is it time to forgive and forget? An 18-year-old running for mayor in Utah sure hopes so, the AP reports. Joshua Hoggan served six months in juvenile detention for planning to blow up his school just two years ago, but assures voters in Roy, Utah, that he's a changed... More »

Majority of New Yorkers Embarrassed by Weiner, Spitzer

And Weiner's popularity rating hits record low

(Newser) - The attempted comebacks of scandalized politicians Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer are doing the city of New York no great favors—or so say New Yorkers. A new Siena College poll found 68% of New York State voters and 62% of New York City voters are embarrassed by the "... More »

Spitzer: I'm Not Voting for Weiner

Says he'd fire any public employee for sexting, too

(Newser) - Ouch. When even the other sex-scandal candidate won't support you, you know you're in trouble. In an interview with MSNBC, Eliot Spitzer said he won't be voting for Anthony Weiner for mayor of New York City, and that he'd fire any public employee he caught sexting,... More »

Amid Growing Storm, Weiner Dumped By Campaign Manager

As basically everyone races to pronounce his political life DOA

(Newser) - Huma Abedin is thus far still standing behind her man , but the guy running Anthony Weiner's campaign for New York City mayor is not. Weiner's 31-year-old campaign manager, Danny Kedem, has quit, reports the New York Times , in the latest tire to blow out for an increasingly battered... More »

Weiner: Marital Woes Drove My Relapse

Just stop talking, dude, you're making it worse

(Newser) - Yep, he went there: In an email sent to supporters yesterday, Anthony Weiner blamed his post-resignation sexting incident on ... problems with his wife, Huma Abedin. "It was a terrible mistake that I unfortunately returned to during a rough time in our marriage," he wrote, according to the New ... More »

NY Times to Weiner: Get Out of Mayor's Race

Candidate can't keep voters' trust

(Newser) - The New York Times has had it with Anthony Weiner. First he lied about the crotch-shots posted online, saying they weren't his. After admitting they were, he disappeared for a while; then he came back, said his life had changed, and entered the mayoral race. But new lewd texts... More »

Weiner Officially Jumps Into NYC Mayoral Race

Says 'I hope I get a 2nd chance to work for you,' admits mistakes

(Newser) - Anthony Weiner—possibly inspired by Mark Sanford's shocking comeback —has made it official: He's running for mayor of America's biggest city. The former congressman launched his run for New York City mayor with a video posted on YouTube at midnight, in which he says, "I... More »

Would-Be Florida Mayor Endorsed by ... Jesus

Christ sent Anna Pierre signs, but she won't say what they were

(Newser) - A North Miami mayoral candidate has pretty much the endorsement to end all endorsements: Jesus Christ himself. Anna Pierre touts what she calls the "spiritual endorsement" on her campaign posters, and says she knows she's the one because the son of God sent her three signs that he... More »

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