Anthony Weiner Covers Up a New Photo Scandal: Mistaking NYC for Pittsburgh

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Anthony Weiner Covers Up a New Photo Scandal: Mistaking NYC for Pittsburgh

If you thought Anthony Weiner was out ahead of the photo scandals in his comeback race for New York City mayor, well, that was fast: His new official campaign website switched up its main logo late Thursday afternoon to this...

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...from this:

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If you think the new logo is a little bit too budget of an Empire State Building rendition for the potential future leader of the city, consider this: That background art temporarily adorning AnthonyWeiner.com with the bridge... was of the Pittsburgh skyline. That is, until Capital New York's Azi Paybarah pointed out around 3 p.m. that the graphic might belong to a graphic designer offering freebies on the web...

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...and that happens to be a rendering of the Pittsburgh skyline, as people familiar with that skyline quickly noticed. NBC New York has the embarrassing split screen: 

Anthony Weiner's campaign website leads with Pittsburgh skyline, not NYC. bit.ly/1890GbW #nyc2013 twitter.com/NBCNewYork/sta…

— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) May 23, 2013

And here's another shot of the Pittsburgh skyline (via the Associated Press) and the Roberto Clemente bridge. (Try to ignore the lead singer and founder of the Iron City Houserockers in the shot, but do notice the curvature in the bridge and the similar buildings). 

The skyline and the bridge still not ringing a bell? Did you see The Dark Knight Rises? Because they blew up the skyline in that one:

Exactly why a potential mayor of New York would snub the skyline of his own city is beyond us. We get that he's trying to keep his online presence clean and simple based on, you know, his history. But that doesn't explain why his graphic designers chose to use a "free vector" that's easily discoverable on the web. This guy's got an expensive mayoral apparatus in place! We placed a call to Weiner's campaign office around 3:30 p.m., and — what do you know? — by 4-ish, a newer, blander, worse-than-the-New-York-Mets background was in place. Maybe he didn't want the screwup to descend into Dark Knight reference territory. Because this would have been a pretty bad reference to conjure up:

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