Anthony Weiner, NYC mayor? Disgraced ex-congressman eyes run

Anthony Weiner on Capitol Hill in Washington. Anthony Weiner on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo Credit: AP, 2009

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Anthony Weiner, the former New York City congressman who resigned in 2011 after an uproar over risque online photos sent to at least a half-dozen women, is considering a run for mayor, according to published reports. And some political observers believe he may have shot.

A New York Times Magazine profile of Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, portrays the former rising political star as spending much of his time doting on their 13-month-old son and venturing in a small orbit near their Park Avenue apartment.

Pollster Donald Levy, director of the Siena Research Institute, said that Weiner was a popular figure before his downfall and New York City voters could be willing to put aside the past.

"Would he be a favorite? I don't think so," said Levy. "But he would have a legitimate bed of support and a sizable amount of people would say, 'I forgive.'"

In his interview with The Times, Weiner, 48, acknowledged that he wants to re-enter public life and that his political committee had spent more than $100,000 on polling and research to gauge voters' willingness to accept him as a candidate.

Weiner, a 12-year Democratic congressman from Forest Hills in Queens, initially denied that he had sent the "sexts," but eventually admitted he was responsible and gave up his seat in Congress.

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The Democratic primary is scheduled for Sept. 10 with a runoff two weeks later if no candidates exceeds to 40 percent threshold.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn leads the Democratic primary for mayor with 32 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. That compares to the 37 percent she scored in February.

Results for other Democratic contenders are: 14 percent for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio; 13 percent for former City Comptroller William Thompson, and 7 percent for City Comptroller John Liu.

Levy said no one has been running away from the field and Weiner, who has a substantial war chest, could emerge.

"There's room for him to be a candidate in that race," he said. "He was extremely popular in his district, he had a national persona, More surprising things have happened."

Weiner's downfall came, according to The Times story, when the lawmaker, intending to send a photo of his crotch to a 21-year-old college student in Seattle, mistakenly sent it on his official Twitter account to his 45,000 followers.

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