Anthony Weiner was once considered to be a rising star in New York City politics.
Weiner represented southern and central Queens for over a decade in Congress, winning reelection often unopposed. He was both celebrated and derided for his blunt, vociferous defense of progressive policy and admonishment of conservatives.
But then in 2011, it all came crashing down with one click of the “send” button. After sending a racy photo of the lower portion of his body to a follower on Twitter, denying he sent it for nearly a month before admitting it was of him, Weiner resigned from office, leaving his seat to be won by a Republican, U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village).
But now, over a year since his resignation, Weiner may be trying to get back into politics, with the possibility open that he could run for mayor in 2013, a race he lost in 2005 and declined to run for in 2009. Weiner still has $4.5 million in his campaign account, which he had open before the scandal when he was considered a frontrunner for the 2013 Democratic nomination for mayor. He still rents an office on Lexington Avenue and has spent $40,000 in expenses this quarter according to a campaign disclosure report filed earlier this month. He raised no money, however.
Reliable sources close to Weiner said if he does not run for mayor, the 47-year-old could run for another citywide position, such as public advocate. The current holder of that position, Bill de Blasio is expected to make a run for mayor in 2013. Weiner has made numerous media appearances recently, discussing the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Healthcare Act, which he voted for in Congress, and talking about the photo scandal.
“I paid a very high price,” he said in a radio interview last month, “I feel great regrets for the people I’ve let down.”
Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had a son, Jordan, earlier this year and moved from Forest Hills to Manhattan last year.