Former congressman Anthony Weiner officially jumped into the race for
New York City mayor, ending weeks of speculation by declaring his
political comeback bid in a YouTube video posted late Tuesday.
am running for mayor because I have been fighting for the middle class
and those struggling to make it my entire life, and I hope I get a
second chance to work for you," Weiner said.
resigned from the U.S. House in disgrace in 2011 after sending lewd
photos of himself to women via Twitter. He revealed in a New York Times Magazine interview last month that he was thinking of a political comeback and had commissioned polling on the mayor's race.
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Weiner made a direct appeal in the video for a second chance.
I made some big mistakes. And I know I let a lot of people down. But
I've also learned some tough lessons," Weiner said in the video, which
also features snippets of his wife, Huma Abedin, and son, Jordan.
recently returned to Twitter and has been sending out links to his
64-point plan to help New York City's middle class. He's also done
several local TV interviews and hired Danny Kedem, a Democrat strategist
who has run campaigns for Congress, to manage his mayoral bid.
a former top aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, declares the couple's love
for New York City in the video and vows that "no one will work harder
to make it better" than her husband.
Weiner's entry into the race
will upend a campaign that has been going on for months. City Council
Speaker Christine Quinn is leading Weiner for the Democratic nomination,
25% to 15%, in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. In a
troubling sign for Weiner, 49% of New York City voters say he should not
run for the city's top job.
Weiner, a former City Council
member, ran for mayor in 2005 but lost the Democratic primary nomination
to Fernando Ferrer. He intended to run again in 2009 and was leading
early public opinion polls. When the council changed the city's term
limits law and Mayor Michael Bloomberg ran again, Weiner abandoned his
mayoral bid at that time and returned to Congress.
Weiner has about $4.3 million in his old mayoral campaign account and can use that money for this year's race.
The primaries are in September, general election in November.