On Wednesday, disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner said the reaction to his decision to run for mayor of New York City has been a “fairly remarkable response,” Politico
The Democratic candidate, who resigned from Congress two years ago in the midst of a “sexting” scandal, made the remark while meeting with the press for the first time since announcing his candidacy earlier in the week.
Commenting on a variety of subjects, Weiner said he has of yet had no contact with either Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., or President Obama, both of whom advised him to resign when the scandal became front-page news.
“As a matter of fact, I don’t think there’s anyone in public life who I’ve kind of sought out their approval or even much advice,” Weiner said.
“I know that I have to prove myself to my colleagues in government just as much as I do to the rest of New Yorkers
Commenting on the job done by current Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Weiner saw some good and some not-so good.
“I think he deserves a lot of credit,” Weiner said.
“There are some things about the Bloomberg legacy that are laudable.
(But) there are big opportunities that he had that he didn’t seize,” referring to slashing the city’s debt.
Weiner knows his recent past will be on the minds of the city’s voters from now until Election Day.
He says he’s ready for that and will be forthright about his mistakes.
“Ultimately, it’s going to be New Yorkers who are going to make the choice about me,” Weiner said.
“That means answering their questions, and if citizens want to have a conversation about the failings in my personal life … I’m going to try to answer them as fully as I can.”
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