(CNN) – Former Rep. Anthony Weiner posted his first tweet Wednesday since resigning nearly 18 months ago over a scandal involving lewd photos and messages he sent via Twitter.
The former Democratic congressman's new tweet simply included a link to a YouTube video raising awareness for the storm-ruined Rockaways, a peninsula that partly falls in his old congressional district in Queens and Brooklyn.
Anthony Weiner (@RepWeiner) November 07, 2012
The Rockaways experienced substantial damage from Superstorm Sandy last week, including a devastating fire that consumed 80 homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood. The congressman who ultimately filled Weiner's vacant seat, Republican Bob Turner, lost his home in the fire.
Looking through a political lens, could Weiner's new tweet signal that he's considering a return to public office? With New York City holding a mayoral election next year, speculation has stirred over whether Weiner–a popular Democrat before his resignation–may try to run for the office.
In a July interview, the ex-congressman said he had no immediate plans to re-enter the political world.
"I can't say absolutely that I will never run for public office again, but I'm very happy in my present life. I'm not doing anything to plan a campaign," Weiner told People Magazine when asked about rumors he was considering a bid for New York mayor.
In June 2011, Weiner left office in his seventh term in Congress after it came to light that he was using social media to communicate with at least six women other than his wife, Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Shortly after his resignation, news broke the Abedin was pregnant with their first child.
Weiner has since argued in the People interview that last year was "the best year of my life" and discussed his time of being a stay-at-home dad with their now 6-month-old son, Jordan.
"I've had enormous regrets about what I put Huma through, how I let my constituents down," he said. "But it's not like I sit all day replaying it in my mind. With a baby, it's pretty easy to put things into perspective."