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Weiner and De Blasio: the perfect foils on mayoral control

Yesterday I wrote about two politicians who showed up at the Queens mayoral control panel I moderated Tuesday. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is running for mayor, declared with a swagger his desire to keep most of mayoral control preserved for himself, when he becomes mayor. (He is taking on Mayor Bloomberg and Comptroller Bill Thompson in the 2009 race.)

City Councilman Bill de Blasio, meanwhile, waited patiently in a question line and then declared his support for making school governance more democratic. De Blasio is running for public advocate.

Here’s video displaying each official’s testimony. First de Blasio, with the shushing of Weiner’s posse at about minute 3:30:
Then Weiner, who was surprised to be asked whether he had a question for the panel, rather than the reverse:

Thanks to David Bellel for taking the video and uploading it.

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