"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?"
These were the questions Anthony Weiner asked himself in a New York Times Magazine profile published last month that sparked widespread interest in the former Congressman's future political aspirations. The hints came two years after the sexting scandal that brought down Weiner's congressional career. And, since then, the politician from Queens has played his cards strategically.
His admissions on television interviews have painted him as a man begging to look past the scandal that rocked him and his family a year ago. He reactivated his Twitter. His hypothetical polling in the race has given him good reason to take himself seriously. So who cares about the Clintons? This is a candidate with the potential to change everything.
And, if indications are what we're going on here, that shift might come as soon as next week.More »
After a few months off the Twitter grid (for good reason), former Congressman Anthony Weiner returned to the social network yesterday with a fresh, new account. And that might've been done for a few reasons.
Maybe he's finally stopped having night terrors of tweets gone terribly wrong. Maybe he's really serious about apologizing to the public and this is him turning over a new leaf. Or maybe he wants to start his *possible* mayoral campaign off on the right digital foot.More »
When word spread last week that former Representative Anthony Weiner was contemplating a mayoral run, the questions of what it meant for the electoral future immediately arose. How would his candidacy affect the race? Would the Democratic primary become a showdown between Weiner and Christine Quinn? Could people forgive the disgraced politician enough to elect him?
Well, as this was all happening, NBC and Marist University took to the streets (figuratively speaking, of course) to find out what Weiner's chances of success were. And, yesterday, those numbers came in with a report titled "Weiner Candidacy for Mayor Could
Scramble Democratic Primary Contest."
Looks like the prospects of Weiner on the campaign trail are getting a bit more serious.
In an interview with NY1 last night, the former congressman sat down with Inside City Hall host Errol Louis to discuss the news he spurred last week with his New York Times Magazine profile, in which he mentioned that he's considering a run for City Hall.
Louis asked several questions about the scandal that happened almost two years ago. And, right off the bat, Weiner made it clear that he wanted to put the situation behind him so he could take this race seriously. "I think I'll be spending a lot of time, here on out, saying I'm sorry," he said.
Stating that he wanted to be "part of the ideas primary," Weiner called the mayoral race "a little bit disheartening" so far, and then dove a bit into his policy views. He demanded more transparency if stop-and-frisk was to continue--a stance that sets him apart from his Democratic rivals. Also, he said he would oppose an inspector general for the NYPD, a proposal at the center of the Community Safe Act that has become a talking point of the race. This can all be found in a policy booklet he released earlier in the day.
You can watch the entire interview on NY1's website. We'll be busy getting our lives ready for the impending pun explosion should Weiner step into the mayoral foray.
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is back in the news as he ramps up his plans for a potential mayoral run. If you have forgotten, Anthony Weiner resigned two years ago after a scandal in which he mistakenly tweeted lewd photographs he had intended to send to a woman who wasn't his wife. The entire ordeal was heavily covered in the press, and no one had a fresher take than the New York Post. Unbeknownst to most of the city, the Post hid clever wordplay in each of its covers. Don't believe us? Take a look at the examples below--they are a veritable secret garden of linguistic cleverness.
Maybe this is exactly what the mayoral race needs. Or maybe we've all just gone crazy.
If you haven't heard by now, The New York Times Magazine published a lengthy profile of former city councilman and U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner yesterday, in which he mentioned that he's seriously considering a run for City Hall. This would be his second time running for the position--he also ran against Bloomberg in 2005, but never made it out of the Democratic primaries. Probably because one of his ideas for neighborhood revitalization was cleverly titled "Weiner's Cleaners."
We're talking about Anthony Weiner, the Clinton-friendly congressman from Brooklyn who served on the Hill for over a decade. Anthony Weiner, the politician who was caught sending genital shots to lady friends via Twitter direct message and who then resigned once details of the scandal erupted. Anthony Weiner, the man with the most unfortunate last name for such a situation.
Yeah, that guy.More »
Today the Post reported that disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner was considering a run for the city comptroller's office. According to several anonymous-yet-well-connected Manhattanites, pollsters are calling around to suss out the levels of support Weiner might receive if he decided to run.
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What's a comptroller, you ask? It's the person who tells the mayor and city council how they ought to spend money. Should Weiner be one? We've weighed the pros and cons, but we're still on the fence.More »
|This claims he has no political ambition -- yet, he just gave a tell-all interview to the puffsters at People.|
|Sorry, New York, we'll have to hold off on all the dick puns -- shamed former Congressman Anthony Weiner says he's not running for mayor.|
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