Monday, June 06, 2011

Scandalized, Israel-first Jewish Zionist Democrat Weiner a no-show at mostly Jewish, Israel-first day parade in NYC

Rep. Anthony Weiner a no-show at New York City Israel Day parade amid Twitter photo scandal

( -- by Reuven Blau and Jennifer H. Cunningham --

Rep. Anthony Weiner ditched the Celebrate Israel Parade for the first time in years Sunday as the ballooning boxer brouhaha continued to grow.

Several of his fellow Democrats and political rivals questioned why the congressman was nowhere to be seen.

"It has become a huge distraction," said former city Controller William Thompson, a likely Democratic mayoral contender.

"It has become a circus. Every answer raises another question."

The annual parade has long been viewed as one of the most important for politicians to attend. It typically attracts thousands of Jews, who represent a large voting bloc.

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) said Weiner should have attended the parade up Fifth Ave.

"I'd like to see him here," he said. "He cares about Israel and [is] very active in the Jewish community, and he ought to be here."

The embattled congressman also ducked a speech Friday at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin's state convention and Sunday's gay pride march in Queens.

"All he did was create more press by playing this game," said a longtime political insider. "The [parade] is a pretty important thing. It sends a strong message to Jewish voters."

His absence was "a big deal," said one political consultant. "He can't continue to hide," the insider said. "Obviously, he doesn't have a credible explanation. ... If I were him, I'd be worried about 2012 when he's up for reelection."

Weiner, who also has his eye on Gracie Mansion, has said he didn't send a lewd photograph of bulging briefs to a college student from his Twitter account. The married congressman says his account was hacked. His spokesman did not return calls for comment yesterday...MORE...LINK
The scandalized, disappearing Jew: Embarrassed, or instructed not to embarrass the Jewish state? Usually oh-so-eager to demonstrate his Israel-first bona-fides, Jewish Zionist Anthony Weiner a no-show at this year's annual Israel-first parade in New York City
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