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Ex-U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner mulling run for NYC mayor

Anthony Weiner on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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

Ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned over a sexting scandal in 2011, is mulling a run for New York City mayor and is asking "people to give me a second chance."

The Democrat, who represented Queens and Brooklyn for more than 10 years, told The New York Times Magazine he doesn't know when he'll decide on entering the race.

"It's now or maybe never for me," Weiner said in a story that was posted online Wednesday and is scheduled to be published Sunday.

Weiner said in the interview that his indecision tells him two different things: "The fact that I don't know tells me I shouldn't run. Or I should not run now," he said.

The interview also features Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and they candidly discuss the behavior that led to Weiner's resignation.

Weiner quit his position after sending lewd photos of himself to women following his Twitter account, and then he falsely claimed his account had been hacked. He also had sexual conversations on Facebook with women he had never met.

Weiner and his wife seek to demonstrate that he is a changed and humbled man: a stay-at-home dad living in a "sprawling apartment" on Park Avenue South, far from the Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods he represented in the House of Representatives.

"Some people just don't buy it," Weiner tell the Times. "Like they just don't have room for a second narrative about me."

Since resigning, Weiner says he has refrained from commenting on either the scandal or his political future. "We have been in a defensive crouch for so long," Weiner said. "We are ready to clear the decks on this thing."

Weiner said in the article his behavior in the sexting scandal "was just another way to feed this notion that I want to be liked and admired."

Abedin told the Times she struggled after learning about his behavior. "I did spend a lot of time saying and thinking: 'I. Don't. Under. Stand.' And it took a long time to be able to sit on a couch next to Anthony and say, 'OK, I understand and I forgive.' "

According to the Times story, Weiner has a head start on fundraising: he has $4.3 million left from an abortive campaign for mayor in 2009. This year he also is eligible for $1.5 million in public matching funds -- which he would lose this year.

To qualify for matching funds this year, Weiner would have to declare his candidacy by June 10, according to the article.

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