Weiner’s cranky campaign: Staff scolding, media mocking

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New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner attends a campaign event in the Rockaways section in the Queens borough of New York July 31, 2013.
New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner attends a campaign event in the Rockaways section in the Queens borough of New York July 31, 2013.
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Anthony Weiner canvassed in Harlem on Thursday, mocking reporters for doing their jobs and scolding his staff for not doing theirs.

The New York City mayoral candidate worked through a 17-floor apartment building, finding just a handful of supporters who promised their votes in the Sept. 10 primary. (His low success rate isn’t surprising: Since it was revealed that the former congressman had continued to send lewd messages after his resignation from office, polls find that just 10% of New York Democrats say they’ll vote for him in the primary.)

While working his way from the top floor down, Weiner told an NBC reporter, “Dude, you got get a hobby” when it became clear the reporter planned to follow the candidate as he canvassed.

While cameras rolled, the candidate also chided a young staffer.

“This is no good, the way you have this organized. This is ‘NG,’ not great, not great,” he said. “Oh boy, this is not as well organized as I like.”

Outside the building, Weiner was interviewed by a British reporter, who he also mocked, saying he felt it is “hard to take [her] seriously.”

“I just have a feeling I’ve, like, stepped into a Monty Python bit,” he said, laughing when she asked what could derail his campaign. “I don’t know, would anything stop me? Now is a rock going to fall on my head? No, nothing’s going to stop me, I’m gonna win this election.”

Watch the footage—and Morning Joe discussion—below.

Weiner’s cranky campaign: Staff scolding, media mocking

Updated