Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner is reportedly looking to run for New York City Mayor.
Weiner, 48, has made his interest in returning to political office clear for a while now, but his recent sit down with The New York Times Magazine marks the first time he has been so frank and honest about it. To date, his political committee has spent in excess of $100,000 on polling and research to determine if he is still electable. Based on the way Weiner is behaving now, apparently they like what they’ve seen.
“I don’t have this burning, overriding desire to go out and run for office,” Weiner told Jonathan Van Meter. “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. I’m trying to gauge not only what’s right and what feels comfortable right this second, but I’m also thinking, how will I feel in a year or two years or five years? Is this the time that I should be doing it? And then there’s the other side of the coin, which is . . . am I still the same person who I thought would make a good mayor?”
He added: “Also, I want to ask people to give me a second chance. I do want to have that conversation with people whom I let down and with people who put their faith in me and who wanted to support me. I think to some degree I do want to say to them, ‘Give me another chance.’”
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Weiner served as the U.S. Representative for New York's 9th congressional district from January 1999 until June 2011, when it was discovered that he had been sending lewd pictures of himself to random women on Twitter. After initially denying any misdoing, thanks to a bit of prodding from the late Andrew Breitbart, he eventually owned up to everything and stepped down from his post.