Is the public ready to forgive and forget former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s infamous indiscretions that included sending explicit texts and sexually suggestive photos to women
, then lying to cover it up? Weiner apparently hopes so and he's trying to find out where he stands with voters in the upcoming New York City elections.
The disgraced former congressman from Brooklyn could be attempting a political comeback
after the New York Post
reported a campaign filing revealed he had forked out $106,500 in March on two polls. As an unidentified political insider told the newspaper, spending $50,000 on a poll shows you have serious considerations about running for office.
The 2013 races for mayor and comptroller in New York are just a few months away, and before the married Weiner resigned in June 2011 over the sexual texts and photos he had been considered a serious Democratic mayoral candidate.
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The New York mayoral race is already getting crowded with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn considered the favorite on the Democratic side. “I think Anthony’s future is up to Anthony, but I wish him nothing but the best,” she told WCBS in New York.
City Comptroller John Liu provided some advice to the former congressman: “I think Anthony should be there. I think he should run. Just stop texting.”
Weiner may have a better shot in the comptroller race, which currently has only one candidate, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.
Weiner hasn’t commented on his intentions, only to say that he has “nothing to report beyond what I reported,” concerning his campaign filings. His campaign account reportedly holds $4.3 million, and he is believed to be operating a consulting firm out of a Manhattan office that rents for $3,500 a month.
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Public polls suggest that voters still view Weiner negatively, the Post reported. But the scandalized ex-rep has been trying to clean up his reputation by helping with clean-up activities in his old neighborhood following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.
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