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Weiner Faces Sordid Rumors About Sordid Rumors In Bid for NY Mayor

It’s the rare politician who’s not had to face down a sordid rumor in his or her career, but now it looks like former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and candidate for New York City mayor has to face down rumors about possible stories about rumors, in this case a report of a possibly pending report about a rumored fling with a gay prostitute. Is your head spinning yet?

The item appeared today on Shark Tank, a conservative, Florida-based political blog run by Javier ManjarresIt’d received nearly 500 Facebook likes as of this afternoon with a promise that it’d roil the New York Mayor’s race and was eventually discovered by Buzzfeed’s Ruby Cramer, who posted a link on Twitter.

Manjerres tells FishbowlDC his “close media source” cited in the article is “rock-solid” and has never been wrong for him, but that he’s posted all the information he knows—which is very little. He thinks his source was hesitant to divulge more to avoid scaring off the sources for the potentially, maybe soon-to-break story. For his part, he did insert a big caveat:

We have not seen any evidence of this supposed allegation and therefore cannot pass judgement on the veracity of those making the charge.  We can only report that the story charging Weiner is supposed to break in the next couple of days and should roil the race.

So there you have it. Of course, Weiner is not the the first politician to face gay sex claims, sordid or ordinary, and he certainly wouldn’t be the first to face gay sex claims that later turned out to be true. In case you need a refresher on the topic, here’s a handy list of 25 LGBT Political Sex Scandals, courtesy of Huffington Post.

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Blogger Remarks on Sarah Palin’s Legs

In Washington, a male reporter or blogger would get hanged for this. But in Miami, it’s apparently acceptable for a blogger to essentially cat call a female politician on her legs.

The compliment was for former Alaskan Gov. and V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin. The author: Javier Manjarres, a.k.a. “El Sharko“, who writes The Shark Tank blog. “Welcome to Florida’s Feeding Frenzy” reads the deck along with a boastful rectangular red banner that says: “2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year.”

You’d think this means the blogger who seems to douse himself in Ed Hardy Skull and Roses Toilette Spray before he goes to the CPAC filing center writes about hard hitting stuff. And he does. He writes about NASA, meteors and GOP Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Harry Reid and more. But last night the “award-winning” CPAC blogger felt the need to gawk over Palin’s legs.

But hey, at least El Sharko had the decency to tweet the news directly to Palin, who never replied.


Congresswoman Does the ‘Sharkie Shuffle’

Who says everyone can’t be citizen journalists?

This past weekend, The Shark Tank, a right-wing political blog out of South Florida, featured Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) doing a dance called the Sharkie Shuffle (it’s just how it sounds). The blog, run by “El Sharko” himself, Javier Manjarres, writes that he wouldn’t “put it passed” the congresswoman to wind up on “Dancing With the Stars.” He also uses enough emoticons to choke a BuzzFeed writer.

Hey, if The Daily Caller‘s Tucker Carlson can do the show, she’s got a shot, right?

See Ros-Lehtinen doing the Sharkie Shuffle here.

The FishbowlDC Interview with SharkTank’s ‘Big Enchilada’

Say hello to SharkTank Editor Javier Manjarres. He’s in town from Fort Lauderdale this week for CPAC. And it just so happens he was seated right next to FishbowlDC. What are the chances, right? “Que pasa?” he asks his mother on his cell on Blogger’s Row. “Superbien..estoy muy occupado,” he complains. (Translation: I’m really busy. I’m really important.) Does he find it ironic that SharkTank is sitting next to Fishbowl? Does he think he’s better than us? “As a matter of fact the irony of the shark tank sitting next to the guppie bowl is interesting,” he said. “There is enough room in the sea for El Sharko and El Fishbowl.” SharkTank, a right leaning politics blog, came to life in 2009. Javier is the sole editorial employee. He embarrassingly calls himself “the big enchilada” and says he has one colleague who handles “technical stuff.” His opening line: “You didn’t notice me with my big fin?”

What does SharkTank write about? We pretty much write about everything political, we follow a lot of candidates. We get a lot interviews that no one else gets. I can call Marco Rubio, Allen West, Connie Mack. We’re all friends. We met at political events. We got to know each other on the campaign trail, you break bread, you’re on flights together.

Have you always been a reporter? I was in the clothing business, and I’m straight. I helped design and manufacture men’s apparel, women’s lingerie and bathing suits. I started writing for Red County in 2008 and then I started the SharkTank in November 2009.

Why SharkTank? Florida is the shark attack capitol of the world. And politics is a cutthroat business. It just fell in my lap, and there’s a lot of hot chicks involved too. I throw my press pass around. I go around saying, ‘I’m a big deal, would you like to go out for drinks?’” (He’s joking mostly, we think.)

Do you go tanning in between stories? I do suntan in my Speedo. I live two minutes from the beach. I go suntanning once in a blue moon, but I pride myself that when I play soccer in my Speedo I tan at the same time. Cleats and Speedos go hand in hand..

If you were a carbonated beverage what would you be? Red Bull..sugar free. Because I’m just a spaz.

What is your most embarrassing moment? I have a lot. This one was a badge of honor. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in front of the entire Cuba Democracy PAC in Miami, gave me a full embrace, kissed me on the cheek twice, and told me I was the biggest pain in her ass. She did it in front of Sen. Marco Rubio and 20 congressional members.

What’s your favorite swear word? Maybe shit.

What word or phrase do you overuse? Maybe predicated.

Who is your favorite journalist? George Will.

Who would you rather have dinner with – ABC’s Diane Sawyer, CNN’s Candy Crowley or CBS’s Gayle King. Tell us why.  Diane Sawyer, she’s attractive.

Who is your favorite Kardashian? The father, because he was fortunate not to see the train wreck his daughters turned out to be and you have to honor that. And I mean Ron Kardashian. Bruce is complicit in that crap.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Sec. Janet Napolitano or former AG Janet Reno? Who will it be? (Neither is not an option.) I’ll guess I’ll go down as the man who ended civilization. They don’t strike me as the type who would be interested in me, and there is no chance in hell that I would be attracted to either woman. If Ellen DeGeneres is thrown in the mix, I’d probably have to reconsider.

What word do you misspell most often? Taht. But that’s just typos.

When you pig out, what do you eat? Wendy’s number 6 spicy chicken medium, no mayo.

From Reason’s Peter Suderman: You’re given a choice between living a normal length life looking like you’re 28 and a thousand year life in which your age shows the whole time. Which would you pick and why? I’ll take 28 because I’m all about me – self-centered — it’s all about aesthetics.

A Media Reporter’s Guide to CPAC

The agenda for CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference happening in D.C. this weekend, has been posted, and journalists and media types are invading.

  • Tucker Carlson, editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller will speak at an event sponsored by Accuracy in Media on Thursday and, later that night, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for CPAC’s Presidential Banquet honoring Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute.
  • S.E. Cupp, a Daily Caller columnist, will sign her book, Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity, on Friday before taking part in a Saturday panel for students on how to become a columnist. Also on the panel: The Weekly Standard‘s Fred Barnes and Andrew Ferguson, and NYT‘s Ross Douthat.
  • BigJournalism’s Andrew Breitbart will speak in the main ballroom on Saturday morning, and he’ll be introduced by Townhall‘s Guy Benson.
  • Dana Loesch, also of BigJournalism, will participate in a panel on new media activism along with Matt Sheffield of the Washington Examiner on Thursday.
  • More from the Washington Examiner: Mark Tapscott will be on a panel on Friday morning, Tim Carney will be on another on Friday afternoon, and Michael Barone will be on one Saturday evening. Also on Barone’s panel: John Gizzi of Human Events and FNC contributor Margaret Hoover.
  • Conservative pundit Ann Coulter will speak to CPAC students Friday night along with FNC’s “Red Eye” gang: Greg Gutfeld, Bill Schultz, and Andy Levy before taking the main stage on Saturday, following National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg.
  • Also on different panels (so, so many panels): Human EventsJason Mattera, WaPo‘s Julia Duin (as a moderator. Need a refresher? We had dinner with last week), Quin Hillyer of TWT (also as a moderator), Andrew McCarthy of National Review, and WSJ‘s John Fund.
  • CNN contributor and Red State managing editor Erick Erickson will be the guest of honor at a student luncheon on Friday.
  • CPAC’s 2010 Blogger of the Year Ed Morrissey of HotAir will present this year’s award to Javier Manjarres of The Shark Tank.

FishbowlDC has obtained a press pass, but it doesn’t come with many perks (other than free admission). They’re holding our badge at the Media Check-In desk, so that’s nice of them. Credentialed press “do not necessarily have access” to the CPAC Bloggers’ Lounge according to their e-mail, and we’ve requested several interviews with speakers using CPAC’s guidelines for doing so. No word yet. Stay tuned…