Anthony Weiner Mulling NYC Mayor Run

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
April 10, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

NEW YORK—Anthony Weiner, a former representative who resigned amidst a sexting scandal in 2011, could join the race to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Weiner was practically forced to resign as outcry over the scandal—pictures he sent to a woman who was not his wife became public—but maintains almost $5 million in campaign funds, which could catapult him into the mayor’s race.

Weiner has spent more than $100,000 on polling and research, trying to find out whether voters will give him another chance, according to an interview with New York Times Magazine.

“I don’t have this burning, overriding desire to go out and run for office,” said Weiner. “It’s not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time. But I do recognize, to some degree, it’s now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something.”

However, since things changed so much after the scandal, Weiner is contemplating the decision, where before the scandal he was considered one of the if not the frontrunner.

“Am I still the same person who I thought would make a good mayor?” He asked.

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A report in the New York Post claims that Weiner is considering running for comptroller or public advocate, the second and third highest positions in the city. Only one person, current Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, is running for comptroller at the moment.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.