His name wasn’t mentioned but customers in the Cafe have no doubt that Tony Avella would be immediately recognizable to a large number of people.
Pictures of Controller Thompson, Rep. Weiner hardly register with 100-plus potential voters
BY Joe Jackson, Benjamin Beim and Erin Einhorn
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Wednesday, February 4th 2009, 9:09 PM
Controller William Thompson Smith for News
Controller William Thompson
Rep. Anthony Weiner Noonan for News
Rep. Anthony Weiner
As if beating a popular, incumbent billionaire mayor weren’t hard enough, Democratic mayoral wanna-bes William Thompson and Anthony Weiner are facing another hurdle: The average New Yorker doesn’t recognize them.
Of more than 100 New Yorkers shown pictures of the two Democratic pols in downtown Brooklyn on Wednesday, most had no idea who they were.
“They look familiar. I’ve seen them, but I can’t remember their names,” said Dorothey Sanders, 49, a cook from Brownsville, typical of the randomly chosen people the Daily News interviewed.
Just 20 New Yorkers said they recognized City Controller Thompson.
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens-Brooklyn), who finished second in the Democratic mayoral primary in 2005, did slightly better, with 29 able to identify him – but three people thought he was former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey.
A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found 54% of voters didn’t know enough about Weiner to form an opinion of him, while 69% said they didn’t know Thompson. In contrast, only 3% had no opinion of Bloomberg.
If they’re worried about their lack of star power seven months before the primary, neither candidate said so.