Anthony Weiner's New York City mayoral campaign may have become something of a running joke, but some of those close to him say the debacle is just fuel for a future comeback for the scandal-plagued politician.
That assumes he doesn't get into loud arguments with too many potential voters, like he did this week (video below).
Bill Brandt, a close friend of Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, said Weiner is setting himself up for another run for office at another time.
"The truth of the matter is he’s been beaten up now for two months nonstop. When he does something for the future, it will be fair of him to say 'asked and answered' when reporters ask him about his personal life," Brandt told TheHill.com.
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"I'm pretty certain he’ll find his equilibrium and move forward from there. He is a quintessential New Yorker. When you talk about the politics of the city and the state, there are a lot of offices where he can offer phenomenal service."
Weiner's second round of sexting exploits have become tabloid fodder
since it was revealed earlier this summer that he had yet again sent explicit photos and texts to women online.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday has Weiner trailing
all three other Democratic mayoral candidates ahead of next week's primary, but still he refuses to admit defeat, instead embracing all the negative PR. Last weekend, he even posed suggestively with a large salami at a Bronx deli, a nod to the persistent double-entendres surrounding his campaign.
When asked whether he'll run for office again, Weiner's response can either be called overly confident or grossly naïve.
"I don't imagine I'll serve more than two terms [as mayor] so eventually I’ll have to return to something else," he told TheHill.com. "Once you've been mayor, there’s no other job in politics that really adds up."
Still, the constant jokes and damaged campaign seem to be weighing on him somewhat. This week, he got into a shouting match with a voter at a Jewish bakery in Brooklyn's Borough Park neighborhood after the man went after him, calling him a "scumbag" and accusing him of being "married to an Arab."
"You are disgusting, disgusting," the man, identified as Saul Kessler, said to Weiner. "You have the nerve to even walk around in public ... Think about your wife, how could you take the person you're most closest to ... and betray her?"
"And you're a perfect person? You're my judge?" Weiner retorted as the two went face-to-face. "What rabbi taught you that?"
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