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Weiner Walks Away From a Fight

3:55 PM, May 26, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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The New York Times did its best to carry water for the potential Bloomberg challenger, but after telling the paper that Mayor Mike was smearing him with push polling and negative stories and that the strategy was only pushing him towards running ("I don't walk away from a fight," he said) Anthony Weiner is ending his campaign before it even started:

Confirming suspicions that have circulated since he informed supporters in April that he would be suspending his campaign, Rep. Anthony Weiner is ending his mayoral aspirations for 2009, according to a source with knowledge of the decision. He will not seek the Democratic nomination for the fall.

Bloomberg has what is an effectively limitless supply of cash and he's assembled an all-star team of strategists and communicators. Whoever runs against Bloomberg will need to be fearless. Weiner, it turns out, was just a blowhard.