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What’s his stance on Bloomberg’s soda ban or Quinn’s Happy Meal ban, or for that matter any other food ban?
No one appears to know, save Weiner.
The National Journal reports Weiner “hasn’t waded into the battle over Big Gulps.” But the magazine also reports Weiner has been busy “positioning himself more as a libertarian,” which offers a meager hint he’d oppose both Bloomberg’s and Quinn’s ban—and any like them.
Weiner didn’t respond to my tweet asking him to comment for this column on the issue.
So all we’ve got are the National Journal's clues and this recent interaction with a future voter, courtesy Buzzfeed:
“Any new laws you want passed,” asked Weiner as he bent down to speak to a child at a Queens beach last weekend. “Anything to do with dessert?”
“The child was silent,” reports Buzzfeed. Phew.
Thompson, the unknown who easily has my favorite celebrity support (in the form of a YouTube video by salsa musician Willie Colón, “Bill Thompson Transformando Neuva York,” that manages to squeeze one minute of music and video into two minutes of airtime), also has the best and most blunt response so far to Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban.
“Today’s ruling unmasks Mayor Bloomberg’s misguided soda ban policy for what it is: a cosmetic solution to a complex problem,” Thompson wrote after a state judge struck down the ban in March. “To solve the serious health challenge of our city, we need leadership, not gimmicks.”
After twelve years of the latter under Mayor Bloomberg, New Yorkers appear increasingly to thirst for the former.