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Weiner Interns Needed To Handle Social Media for Mayoral Bid

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New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner speaks to reporters, May 28, 2013 in New York.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:43 PM

Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress after he was caught in a Twitter sexting scandal, is now looking for interns to work on is campaign to become New York City's next mayor.

Ironically, Weiner stressed the need for interns may be responsible for "using social media to enhance our message." It was social media that got the married Weiner in trouble back in 2011when he was caught tweeting a picture of his underwear-sheathed manhood to a variety of college-aged women.

Weiner is attempting to the follow in the footsteps of former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford in making a political comeback. Sanford was recently elected to Congress after a cheating scandal drove him from office.

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One small test will be if Weiner's campaign and potential candidates can overcome the potential snickers to join his campaign. The ad is about as appealing as any typical unpaid internship, promising long hours, hard work in exchange for college credit, plenty of political experience and contacts for those chosen.

The ad asks for interns to commit to 15 hours or more hours and fellows to commit to 30 or more hours. The first listed requirement is that intern candidates must be "enthusiastic about electing Anthony Weiner as the next mayor of NYC."

The latest poll by Marist University this week puts Weiner in the ballgame against Democratic primary front runner Christine Quinn. In the poll, Weiner drew 19 percent of the vote with Quinn leading with 24 percent. In April, Quinn led by a 26-15 margin when Weiner formally announced he was running.

If no candidate gets more than 40 percent of the vote in the primary, there will be a runoff. The same poll still has Quinn comfortable ahead of Weiner head-to-head, 48 percent to 33 percent.

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Weiner is a political veteran, spending 12 years in Washington before the Twitter scandal forced him from office. In 2010 he married longtime Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Huma Abedin. In the middle of the sexting scandal, Abedin gave birth to the couple's only child, born in December, 2011.

Abedin has been connected with Clinton since serving as an intern in the White House in 1996 when Clinton was First Lady.

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Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress after he was caught in a Twitter sexting scandal, is now looking for interns to work on is campaign to become New York City's next mayor. Part of the job? Handling social media.
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