Out on the campaign trail, New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner traveled to Staten Island Friday to meet with victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The mayoral hopeful is eager to place something else in the spotlight after new allegations of sexting emerged last week, but retired school teacher Peg Brunda was not having it.
Weiner toured the destroyed, beachfront home of Joseph Cardinale. Neighbors also shared their harrowing Sandy stories.
“One of the reasons why we’re here today is that I knew that now, you’re gonna come with me. And you should see this,” Weiner told a hoard of reporters who followed him around. “There is this notion because the cameras had left, because some of the headlines changed, that the problem was solved. But for many, many people, they are still dealing with the challenge.”
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When asked if homeowner Cardinale would vote for Weiner, he said he did not know who he would support for mayor.
Brunda did not warm up to Weiner either. She was a school teacher for 21 years and an assistant principal for nine.
“I don’t quite understand how you would feel you’d have the moral authority, as the head administrator in this city, to oversee employees, when your standard of conduct is so much lower than the standard of conduct that is expected of us,” Brunda said.
Weiner asked if she would vote for him and she refused.
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“I want to let your neighbors make their decisions for themselves,” Weiner said.
Staten Islander Fran Lagana said she could not vote for Weiner either.
“Any political entity, we should be able to look up to them,” Lagana told the NY Daily News.