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New Anthony Weiner Ad Features 'Regular New Yorkers'...Who Are Actually Current and Former Interns


"The kind of fighter we need."

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A new ad released Tuesday by Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign features four “regular New Yorkers” -- and two of them apparently have close connections to the candidate, according to the New York Daily News.

The 30-second spot features New Yorkers explaining why the city should support the disgraced ex-congressman, whose campaign was dealt a series of hits over the resurrection of his sexting scandal.

However, it appears “regular New Yorker” Joel Acevedo currently works as an unpaid intern for the Weiner campaign, according to the 18-year-old CUNY student’s LinkedIn page.

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“As an 18-year-old, first time voting, I decided to vote for the future of New York,” Acevedo says in the ad, failing to mention his connection to the campaign.

Weiner, Acevedo continues, is “the kind of fighter we need, in New York City and in the mayor’s office.”

And then there's Mary Elizabeth Elkordy, the second connected character, according to the Daily News.

“[N]o other candidate really talks about the middle class,” Elkordy says in the ad, adding that other candidates are only now focusing on the middle class “because Anthony Weiner came into this race.”

And like Acevedo, there may be more to Elkordy’s story. From December 2008 to June 2009, she worked as a fundraising intern for then-Congressman Weiner, the Daily News noted.

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Weiner spokeswoman Barbara Morgan defended the ad: "They are all real live supporters who have chosen Anthony Weiner.”

Morgan said no one in the ad was paid by Weiner.

The ad is the first to feature New Yorkers dishing on their love for Weiner. Previous ads have featured Weiner alone.

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