Weiner gets a Twitter makeover
April 22nd, 2013
04:05 PM ET
12 months ago

Weiner gets a Twitter makeover

(CNN) – Former Rep. Anthony Weiner has found his way back onto Twitter, nearly two years after accidentally posting a famous tweet that ushered his political downfall.

Weiner launched a new account, @anthonyweiner, on Monday. Sitting next to his name is the famous blue checkmark, verifying the account as official.

His inaugural tweet was simply a link to his 20-page booklet that lays out his "64 ideas to keep New York the capital of the middle class," which he released earlier this month.

It's one more sign that Weiner–a popular Democrat before his resignation–may make the big jump into this year's New York City mayoral race, a decision he's considering.

Within three hours of his first tweet, Weiner gained more than 2,000 followers. The number of people he's following? Zero.

Weiner stepped down from office in June 2011 after he was caught sending lewd photos and messages to multiple women through social media. He first lied about the scandal, saying he was hacked, then admitted that it was him during a major press conference.

His former account, @repweiner, was only updated a couple times after the scandal. Both tweets promoted relief help for the storm-ruined Rockaways, a peninsula that partly falls in his old congressional district in Queens and Brooklyn and suffered severe damage from Superstorm Sandy.

The final tweet for that account came Monday, simply listing the name and link for his new account.

If he decides to run for mayor, he faces big competition in a crowded Democratic primary. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn–the Democratic frontrunner–holds a strong lead among her opponents, with Weiner coming in second, according to two recent polls.

Candidates have until the second week of July to file paperwork to appear on the ballot for the Democratic mayoral primary set for September 10, according to New York City Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez. They must submit 3,750 petition signatures from voters, as well.

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    It looks like he's learned from his mistakes and has made amends with his wife. I'm all for him jumping into the mayoral race.

    April 22, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Can't Former Rep. Anthony Weiner do anything else with his life ?

    Go Away , take acting or singing lessons , anything , just stay out of politics .

    April 22, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    HA! Man...the turtleneck and jacket...what an atrocity the 70's and 80's were....

    April 22, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. just sayin

    no matter what he does, he'll always be The Weiner...

    April 22, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Donna

    How many millions of people live in NY and NYC??? This pervert is the best the Democrats can do??? Seriously???

    April 22, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Neutral Observer

    Just think of all the akward moments when he is on stage and everyone in the audience will be snickering to themselves.

    April 22, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. The REAL Truth...

    A friend of mine was fired from his zero-tolerance ISD job when he accidentally sent a se_xually explicit text message – meant for his wife – to his boss, a male. He forwarded it to HIS boss, a female. Instant suspension, review and dismissal within the week. It COULD happen to anyone in today's world. However, politicians lead public, lives so they are a little more immune to public opinion.

    April 22, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Mel

    In his before picture he looks exactly like Arnold Horschack.

    April 22, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Timothy Smith

    The problem is the idiots in New York City will probably elect this little weasel as their next mayor..

    April 22, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. ryche

    yes this is the best the dems can do... they'd elect hitler if they could... they rely on the low information voter and that voter relies on the democrat feeding tube... disgusting.. democrats will be the fall of America.. Guaranteed..

    April 22, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |