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Weiner wins! Write-in favorite bests fake foes • Brooklyn Paper

Weiner wins! Write-in favorite bests fake foes

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner may have left office in disgrace earlier this year, but with 32 votes, he got more write-in votes than any other candidate the special election to fill his seat.
AP / Richard Drew

It’s official: Anthony Weiner is the most popular imaginary candidate in Brooklyn.

The former congressman, who left office after it was revealed he was “sexting” with different women across the country, received the most write-in votes during last month’s election to replace him, beating out fake political titans like Mayor “Diamond Joe” Quimby from “The Simpsons” and Lamb Chop from the kids show “Lamb Chop’s Playalong.”

The disgraced lawmaker, who resigned on June 16 after lying about sending lewd pictures of himself to women he met on the Internet, received 31 write-in votes in Sept. 13’s special election — a drop in the electoral bucket compared with the actual winner, Rep. Bob Turner (R–Midwood), who received 1,050 times that number.

But it was a resounding victory over the other write-in, each of whom only received one or two votes.

Mayor “Diamond Joe” Quimby
Fox

The list of 48 write-in candidates, released by the Board of Elections on Wednesday, and first reported by the website Sheepshead Bites, included notable politicos like menswear designer Calvin Klein; comedian Lewis Black; dog and flying ace Snoopy; some guy named Michael Bloomberg, and, of course, the perennial favorite: “someone who will do something.”

One issues-minded voter was apparently so worked up over Democratic challenger David Weprin’s support of same-sex marriage as an assemblyman, that they wrote in “no gay marriage” as their congressional candidate of choice.

And he got what he wanted.

He even beat puppeteer Sheri Lewis’s Lamb Chop!
AP / Nick Ut

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