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The state ethics commission has opened a new investigation into a sexual harassment complaint against Assemblyman Micah Kellner, news organizations are reporting. The complaint stems from 2009 and was kept quiet at the time by a top Assembly lawyer. The lawyer has been dismissed since The New York Times initially reported about the case back in July. "After four years, I’m glad that this is finally being looked at,” said Eliyanna Kaiser, a former chief of staff for Kellner who took the complaint to the Assembly's central staff, in the Times. The Daily Newswrites that the new investigation could further threaten Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's leadership. Kellner, who is running for City Council, has apologized for his behavior. He also said he welcomes the investigation and would cooperate with it.
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Democratic mayoral candidate John Liu is scheduled to appear before the city's Campaign Finance Board this morning to learn whether he will be denied over $3.5 million in public matching funds. The Wall Street Journal reported that the board's staff recently sent a letter to Liu's campaign advising that "they are inclined to make an unfavorable recommendation." Losing the money would likely hobble -- or at least injure -- Liu's bid for mayor.
Questions around his campaign's fundraising tactics have hounded the candidate. His former campaign treasurer and a former fundraiser were convicted of fraud charges this past spring.
Supporters of Liu, currently serving as the city's comptroller, are planning to rally outside the board's headquarters during the public meeting that is set to get underway at 9 a.m. A live video stream of the meeting can be viewed here.
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In a possible sign that the renewed controversy over his habit of raunchy online behavior may be jeopardizing his bid for mayor, Anthony Weiner's campaign manager quit over the weekend. The candidate tried to downplay Danny Kedem's departure yesterday, saying, "We've gotten more volunteers and more people coming over to help the campaign in the last several days than anytime since the campaign started."
Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers seemed to imply yesterday that Bill and HIlary Clinton would like to see Weiner drop out of the race; she later clarified her words, saying, "All I meant to say is that I suspect that they, like many of us, would like to see the whole story go away."
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd puzzled over the candidate's wife, Huma Abedin, standing by her "eel-like" husband. "You must remember one thing," Dowd writes, "Huma was raised in Saudi Arabia, where women are treated worse by men than anywhere else on the planet." Weiner, Dowd muses, probably seemed like a prince in comparison to the men she grew up around.
Former Obama campaign advisor and Democratic strategist David Axelrod piled on, saying that Weiner was "wasting time and space" and that he would not be the next mayor of New York City. "Americans believe in second chances, but not third chances."
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Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted to continuing lewd online exchanges with female admirers well after resigning from Congress amid a sexting scandal. After images of Weiner's private parts and texts of private conversations with an admirer were made public yesterday by a gossip blog, the former congressman held a news conference to apologize for his behavior and to reaffirm his desire to be the next mayor. Weiner said he would not drop out of the race. His wife, Huma Abedin, stood by his side. "We discussed all of this before Anthony decided he would run for mayor, so really what I want to say is, I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him," she said in a statement she read to reporters. With the election increasingly looking like a made-for-the-tabloids drama, the political establishment began calling for the candidate to drop out of the race. "The serially evasive Mr. Weiner should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the Web and out of the race for mayor of New York City," The New York Times Editorial Board wrote. A handful of rival candidate for mayor also called for him to drop out. GothamVotes: Bringing you real-time news on the historic 2013 elections.
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