“This is Sept 11. If there is one day on the calendar that we can suspend politics, it should be today,” said Weiner, who attended a church in Harlem. “I don’t think it’s a day for politics.”
So read the Post’s hit on Freddy Ferrer this morning, in which the former Bronx Beep gets slammed for meeting with Al Sharpton on Sept. 11 but the other candidates are praised for merely going “to church” or memorial vigils. But the fact that a guy named Weiner was attending a church in Harlem should signal that these visits to houses of God were less about prayer than politics. ‘Tis the season. Ferrer (who on 9-11-01 might have won the Democratic primary outright, if it had occurred. Who knows?), however, also had at least two other campaign events on his schedule, unlike his opponents—even the surging Weiner, who toyed with but abandoned plans to air ads on the anniversary. Meanwhile, the Yanks, Mets, Jets, and Gints played despite the day’s solemnity.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 12, 2005