New York Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner released his campaign’s first television ad Monday, charging that “powerful voices” do not want him to become mayor.
The 30-second ad does not address the allegations of sexting that have plagued Weiner’s campaign, but instead focused on his plans for the city.
“I’ve waged a campaign focused like a laser beam on fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it,” Weiner says in the ad, looking directly into the camera. “I’ve put out two books of new ideas, 125 of them in fact. Everything from restoring discipline in our schools to creating a single payer health plan for our city.”
Laying out his big plans for the city, Weiner said that “powerful voices” have been against him from the beginning and that he plans to fight against them.
“Look, powerful voices have made it clear from the very beginning that they didn’t want me to win,” he says. “But this isn’t about what they want. They’ve gotten their way for far too long. If you give me the chance, I will fight for your and your family every single day.”
The ad buy, on which the campaign spent $500,000 according to New York Observer’s Politicker, comes as Weiner is struggling in the polls.
A Siena College Poll released Monday found that 80 percent of voters view Weiner unfavorably and just 11 percent view him favorably, a Siena College Poll record. According to the poll, more than two-thirds of voters think the attention brought to the city by Weiner and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is embarrassing.