Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) may run for mayor of New York City in 2013.
Weiner, who resigned from Congress after he admittedly sent lewd photos of himself to women on social networking sites likes Twitter, and his wife, Huma Abedin, have reportedly given an interview to the New York Times Magazine that is the first step in his comeback plan to win election to a citywide office.
A New York Democrat told the New York Post that the “magazine piece is step one of a two-step process for him to run citywide this year.”
The Democrat said Weiner is looking at “public advocate or comptroller, but he really thinks he can use this to get back in and run for mayor.” Another said Weiner has contacted former staffers to prepare for his political reemergence.
According to Fox News, Weiner has “$4.3 million left in his campaign account, including $248,710 that would be matched 6-to-1 under the public-financing system.”
Because Weiner’s wife is one of Hillary Clinton’s most trusted confidants, his political entry will also draw more speculation about Clinton’s future political plans, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is seen as a potential 2016 challenger to Clinton should she decide to run.
In 2011, Weiner, had to resign after he mistakenly sent lewd photos of himself on Twitter, which only Breitbart News reported at the time. The mainstream media and Weiner’s allies tried to discredit Breitbart’s reporting, claiming Weiner’s account had been hacked. But Andrew Breitbart, who famously upstaged Weiner by taking the stage before Weiner’s press conference in which he tearfully admitted to sending the lewd photos, was ultimately vindicated.