Mitch Perry Report 5.22.13 - Please welcome Anthony Weiner back to the political stage

For those of us who thrive on following elections, 2013 is a pretty dry year. Locally we've got the St. Pete mayoral and City Council elections coming up, with a big primary in August (with the Lens on the ballot) and the general election in November.

Nationally, there's only really one gubernatorial race of interest, and that's in Virginia. There's also the race to replace three-term incumbent Michael Bloomberg in New York City, which, being New York City, means that the rest of us have to (sort of) follow it since any news in the nation's media capital is supposed to be important to the rest of the masses.

However, following New York City politics is a lot of fun, and it just got a whole lot more interesting with the overnight announcement that formerly disgraced Brooklyn Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner is entering the race for mayor, where a new poll shows him already in second place behind front-runner Christine Quinn.

There are some in the progressive community (where Weiner was venerated for his aggressive, no-holds barred style of going up against Republicans a la Alan Grayson) who think this is too soon. But Weiner has always wanted to be mayor of NYC, and well, at 48 he's apparently got nothing better to do. Like Mark Sanford, he's a lifelong politico (or "public servant," if you will). It should be damn interesting.

Well the Tea Party is certainly feeling righteous these days, and why not? Their deepest, darkest concerns that the government under Barack Obama was out to get them appear to have been vindicated in the IRS scandal that broke less than two weeks ago. Yesterday, local Tea Party groups held protests around the country, including here in Tampa.

CL was in the house in Tampa yesterday when Jamie Dimon began pressing the flesh at JPMorgan Chase's annual shareholder meeting, minutes before a vote on whether he would retain his two titles at the financial institute were in doubt. But it all turned out to be somewhat anti-climatic, as the 57-year-old Wall Street star easily beat back those efforts in an event that had far too much security, and absolutely zero protesters (though there was an area set aside for activists to demonstrate).

And one of the leading environmental activists of the moment, Bill McKibben, spoke at Eckerd College on Sunday. CL contributor Sam Johnson was there to cover the very interesting report.