Councilman and city comptroller candidate David Weprin claims he wasn’t offended when his younger brother, Assemblyman Mark Weprin, said at a recent press conference that he wasn’t running as “Mr. Personality.”
“I think I’m more exciting than he makes me out to be,” the older Weprin said. “I don’t take it seriously. He’s still a strong supporter.”
Weprin, with his Inspector Clouseau moustache and awkward manner, was sitting toward the back of his campaign headquarters, a long, filthy storefront at 250 West 54th Street crammed between a Subway sandwich stop and Studio 54, now showing “Waiting for Godot.”
“He meant that I’m by far the most qualified candidate for comptroller and you want somebody—you want that numbers guy, you don’t necessarily want a backslapper, dealmaking politician as comptroller,” said Weprin, hunching over a folding table covered with a cardboard box, itself covered with doodles and crumbs, which he mindlessly pressed with his fingers.
A few days later, the councilman’s consultant, Hank Sheinkopf, put it somewhat more aggressively: “New Yorkers should worry about boss-endorsed, colorful comptroller candidates. The last one was Alan Hevesi.”