Is New York City turning into Weinerville? Well, not just yet, but it could be if speculations about a potential run from former Rep. Anthony Weiner have any validity.
According to CrainsNewYork.com, Weiner, the congressman who resigned in disgrace in 2011 after tweeting compromising photos to women not his wife and then lying about it, is polling New Yorkers about a possible 2013 mayoral campaign. He had been considered a leading contender for the race before his spectacular downfall.
Robert Guiffre, a Bronx political operative, told the site a polling firm for Weiner’s potential candidacy called him Tuesday. The caller asked for his opinion of Weiner and then presented him choices ranging from “very favorable” to “unfavorable,” he said.
The same questions were also asked about the declared Democratic candidates: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and ex-Comptroller Bill Thompson.
Giuffre said he was asked which politician he would vote for today out of the field, Weiner included.
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When CrainsNewYork.com called the polling firm responsible for the phone survey, it went straight to voicemail.
When Weiner was asked about potentially running for mayor today, he responded with a succinct answer: “No.”
The Democratic politician reportedly spent $100,000 on polling, and just this past weekend the New York Post said Weiner was laying the foundation for a political comeback.
Weiner had been a potential mayoral frontrunner, with $4.3 million left in his campaign account, but was forced to resign from Congress in 2011 after his infamous sexting scandal. He accidentally tweeted a picture of his unmentionables on social media, disgracing himself, his wife and his position. But two years later he maintains a campaign office.
The Post added Weiner that might run instead for comptroller or public advocate, which might be easier races since both incumbents are giving up their jobs to run for mayor.
Weiner will be featured in a New York Times interview with wife Huma Abedin, who was a top aide to Hillary Clinton in the State Department. It’s expected to be put up on the Times site Wednesday and hit the stands in print on Sunday, hinting that the congressman could be angling for a comeback.