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