Weiner: Decision on mayoral run coming 'soon'
May 17th, 2013
12:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Weiner: Decision on mayoral run coming 'soon'

New York (CNN) – Anthony Weiner will announce soon whether he's running for New York City mayor, the former congressman said Friday.

He's already said he's eyeing a run, and has taken steps signaling he'll jump into the race, including publishing a detailed policy document about his plans for the city.

"Days, weeks, can't be much more than that," Weiner said after being asked when his announcement would come. Candidates have until the second week of July to file paperwork to appear on the ballot for the mayoral primary, which happens September 10.

"It's going to be soon," Weiner said.

If he does jump into the race, the Democrat will undoubtedly face questions from voters and fellow candidates about the 2011 scandal that eventually led to his resignation from Congress. His political career was derailed after he was found sending lewd photos and messages to multiple women. At first he lied, claiming his Twitter was hacked, but later he admitted to the indiscretions and left the House of Representatives.

On Friday, he said those issues would be worked out with the public if he decides to get in the race.

"If I decide to run, and there's a campaign, we'll discuss that," Weiner said, adding that he wouldn't get into the race if he thought his past would prevent him from winning.

"I'll obviously be running because I think I can win," he said.

Despite Weiner's careful words, all signs point to the former congressman jumping into the race. Aside from the campaign-style document, called "Keys to the City," his political committee has spent more than $100,000 on polling.

And on Thursday, NBC 4 in New York captured images of Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, filming what appeared to be a campaign ad on the stoop of his childhood home in Brooklyn.

"I don't have any comment for you on that," Weiner said Friday.

Two polls conducted last month indicate that if Weiner does decide to run, he'd shake up the battle for the Democratic mayoral nomination. According to the Quinnipiac University and NBC-New York/Marist surveys of New York City voters, if Weiner launched a bid, he'd jump to the second spot in the battle for the nomination, trailing front-runner Christine Quinn, the city council president, by double digits.

But the Quinnipiac poll indicated that only a third of New York City voters had a favorable opinion of Weiner. His favorable rating in the NBC-New York/Marist poll stood a bit higher, at 45%, but only 37% wanted him to run for mayor.

If he does run, it would be his third campaign for mayor of Gotham. Weiner ran for the post in 2005, and launched, but later dropped, a bid in 2009.

On an separate issue – reports his wife Abedin had contracts to consult with private clients while still serving as an adviser at the State Department – Weiner disputed any wrongdoing.

"There are many people who operate as consultants throughout the federal government. I'm very proud of the work my wife has done for Secretary Clinton," he said.

The State Department and a former Clinton adviser both said Abedin complied with all disclosure requirements when she took consulting jobs.

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    and just when you thought nyc couldn't get any bigger weiner than bloomberg and his nanny state insanity! i used to feel sorry for all you nyc people now i just relish in your misery. you bring it on yourself so enjoy the pain and suffering. just stop trying to force it on the rest of the country. keep your liberal disease to yourself.

    May 17, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Can't he go away !

    New York is a great city , please .

    May 17, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Run Weiner, Run!!!

    May 17, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Alright, Anthony! Go for it. Watcha' been doin' since the last time we say ya'?

    May 17, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. anonymous

    Why would anybody in their right mind vote for this lying Progressive Pervert??? Come on NYC, you can do far better than this Weiner.

    May 17, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. much thunder..little rain

    will someone please tell this poor soul everyone is laughing at him...

    May 17, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    anonymous

    Why would anybody in their right mind vote for this lying Progressive Pervert??? Come on NYC, you can do far better than this Weiner.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Why not? South Carolinians voted for career politician, professional liar and adulterer sanford over a proven business leader.

    May 17, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    He might be OK for NYC... word is he carries a lot of stroke. He'd probably see to business in a hands-on manner.

    May 17, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Ol' Yeller

    Be great to get Weiner back. He was real fighter for the little guy. Unlike Sanford, he didn't use taxpayer money to fund his adultry, in fact, it was never about adultery. It was about sending shirtless photos. See the hypocrisy here? When a Democrat does something they are evil and full of disease and anti family.... when a republican does it, it is that he strayed, it is his wife's fault, or we need to forgive him for his sins. Complete and utter hypocrisy... and they CANNOT see it.

    May 17, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Go away. Do we really need a liberal answer to Mark Sanford and David Vitter, that you can violate your marriage vows and the public trust, and still get to draw a paycheck at the Public's expense? I guess so.

    May 17, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. THE TRUTH

    Sayin, so its ok for a repub to do it, aka mark sanford, but the dem, whole different story huh? the fact that you cant see the hypocracy is no suprise, typical gop fan, stupid til the end!

    May 17, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. just askin

    why would this guy subject his family to this all over again? talk about a self centered egotistical idiot. doesn't he have any marketable skills? can't he find a real job and just go away?

    May 17, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. THE TRUTH

    Dems likely will pass on mr. wiener, they dont vote for just anyone, we try to hold our politicians to a higher standard than gop.

    May 17, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    I personally wouldn't vote for Weiner were I ever given the chance. Having said that, I have another name to volley back and forth to my GOPerville friends: Mark Sanford.

    In my opinion, neither of them should be considered mentally or emotionally fit for public office.

    May 17, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    -Lynda/Minnesota

    I personally wouldn't vote for Weiner were I ever given the chance. Having said that, I have another name to volley back and forth to my GOPerville friends: Mark Sanford.

    In my opinion, neither of them should be considered mentally or emotionally fit for public office.
    ****************
    How about David Vitter, the DC Madame's friend?

    May 17, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "and the public trust"

    Not so sure I agree with that assessment. Maybe in terms of him not admitting it when confronted with it and making up a story to cover his ass, but that's about it. The underlying offense tho...not so much. Behaving like millions of normal human beings who act in an unfaithful manner to their spouse is wrong, but not generally a violation of the public trust if you ask me. And sharing nudey and undy pics with someone other than your spouse...hard to see how that rises to the level of actual adultery...unfaithful, yes...perhaps a divorcing offense, yes...but adultery? Meh. It's like with Vitter...I almost think his offensive behavior's outright silliness actually helped him get away with it and be forgiven. I mean, mandiapers? Really? How could you not laugh at that?

    May 17, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. just sayin

    Ol' Yeller
    in fact, it was never about adultery. It was about sending shirtless photos.
    --

    this is a prime example of the typical uninformed and clueless democrat voter... i guess you never saw the pictures of his engorged johnson in his undies that he tweeted!

    all you clueless lefties equate a guy splitting with his wife to pursue his true love with a guy who tweets perverted pictures of his private parts to people he doesn't know. typical warped leftist comparisons.

    May 17, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Sheila

    IF Sanford can do it – You Can Do It – and I hope you win !!

    May 17, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. NameFrank Deery

    This man put his personal pleasure before duty-And he was a member of Congress!
    Well, Clinton got away with his own escapades, as President, so that set the bar, I guess, in the Democrat Party, which should
    Watch who -and what -it supports before Nov, 2014. Not going well for Obama, either.

    May 17, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    He might be OK for NYC... word is he carries a lot of stroke. He'd probably see to business in a hands-on manner.
    ------------------
    I hope your health is at least fair. You have run out of constructive comments and seem to be at your wit's end.

    May 17, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. THE TRUTH

    If it is his true love, why are they not married, bye the way guest, read your post, any sign of hypocracy you can see? of course not, you have the iq of a goldfish, and you call dems sheeple, your the only one who gives ANY merit to your posts.

    May 17, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. THE TRUTH

    Typical repub response, i did it for the right reason, you did it cause your evil, this guy sayin, or fair, does not have a strong grip on reality, again, typical gop

    May 17, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. THE TRUTH

    Why cant you libs understand, just give the gop all your money, let them make your decisions for you, and you will be much better off.

    May 17, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Tom Paine

    Oh, I do include Vitter in the unfit category as well. Strange who people are willing to vote for and support with their taxpayer money.

    Perhaps I spent too many years working extremely hard for what I have to willingly support those whom I consider absolute fools milking the system.

    May 17, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Biden

    Libs in New York have to be told to stop feeding there face. Even need laws for it lol

    May 17, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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