Weiner, eyeing mayoral run, re-issues plan for New York
April 15th, 2013
09:21 AM ET
10 years ago

Weiner, eyeing mayoral run, re-issues plan for New York

(CNN) – Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who in a repentant interview last week said he was considering a run for New York mayor, released a document Sunday detailing a plan to restore the city as a place for middle class families.

Paid for by "Weiner for Mayor," established for a 2009 bid, the document closely mimics a plan released during that campaign five years ago.

"To maintain New York's place as the capital of the middle class – and to keep the promise of prosperity for generations to come – we must meet today's challenges with fresh ideas. Bold ideas. Substantive and practical ideas," the document reads.

It contains some biographical details, including a few paragraphs about growing up in Brooklyn, but doesn't mention the sexting scandal that cost Weiner his post in the U.S. House of Representatives. He does, however, note that his concern for middle class New Yorkers was bolstered by the birth of his own son in 2011.

"I believe Jordan deserves to grow up with the same, if not better, opportunities than I had," Weiner writes. "But in just one generation, the promise of our city has faded. "

According to the New York Times, the document is a replica of a 2008 document Weiner prepared during the run-up to 2009's mayoral election. Weiner, initially considering a bid, declined to run when the city council extended the mayor's term limits, allowing incumbent Michael Bloomberg to run again.

"Many sentences and, in some cases, complete paragraphs, are repeated verbatim from the earlier document, and the updated booklet does not address many high-profile issues in this year's mayoral contest, including the police tactic of stop, question and frisk," the New York Times reported.

The 2008 document is no longer available online, though a screengrab of the cover in the Times demonstrates the "Rep." has been dropped from in front of Weiner's name in the current edition.

He goes on to detail challenges facing working class New Yorkers, who live in a city where the gap between rich and poor is growing.

"For every private equity firm that made a fortune, there's a neighborhood pharmacist who has been put out of business by a big chain," he writes. "For every developer who has seen an investment turn into a real estate bonanza, there's a family in a neighborhood like Sunnyside trying desperately to keep up with a rising property tax bill."

The document is divided into a series of issues – education, hunger, transportation, small business - with specific policy prescriptions for each area.

"I remain optimistic about the future of the city that gave me my every opportunity, because the smarts, grit, and determination that built the Big Apple into the world's greatest metropolis endure as our greatest asset," he writes.

Weiner, who resigned for the House in 2011 amid scandal over a lewd photo sent via Twitter, confirmed in an interview published last Wednesday that he's considering a political comeback, with this year's New York City mayoral race on his radar.

The Democrat admitted he's eying the mayor's race in a lengthy New York Times Magazine article that detailed his life with wife Huma Abedin, a close aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and their attempts to stay out of the limelight over the past two years-until now.

Weiner confirmed his political committee spent more than $100,000 on polling and research by Obama's pollster, David Binder.

"We have been in a defensive crouch for so long," Weiner said. "We are ready to clear the decks on this thing."

"I don't have this burning, overriding desire to go out and run for office," Weiner added later. "It's not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time. But I do recognize, to some degree, it's now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something."

Should he decide to enter the mayoral race, he'll have some tough competition. Speaker of the City Council Christine Quinn has long been the Democratic front-runner, and has a big lead over Republican candidates in hypothetical match-ups. If Quinn is elected, she'll become New York's first female and first openly gay mayor.

One top New York Democrat was keeping mum on the potential Democratic showdown on Sunday.

Asked whether Weiner deserved a second chance in politics, the usually vocal Sen. Chuck Schumer had nothing to say.

"I'm not going to comment on that," Schumer said on ABC's "This Week."

He gave the same response as the question was asked twice more.

"Nope," he said. "No comment."

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- TAKE BACK THE HOUSE

    Run Anthony! I think you're the ideal candidate for the job(sexting scandal set aside).

    April 15, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    If Appalachian Trail Sanford can be renominated by the people of SC with no issues from them, than Weiner can do the same from the people of NY. SC has already given it's approval to the low-life's attempt. Will they say the same about Weiner?

    April 15, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Don't care what he has to say. Stay home, get a regualr job, do what you need to do to rebuild your life. Don't think he can ever serve. Don't do a Sanford.

    April 15, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. just askin

    are perverts allowed to run for ny mayor? oh yeah, it's ny. all they have are democrat perverts. at least in a cruel twist of irony, he has lived up to his last name. could he be obsessed with it? yes, i do think he is.

    April 15, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Weiner, Weiner, We need MORE WEINER

    Don't be a dink, VOTE FOR THE WEINER!

    April 15, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Thomas

    Paid for by "Weiner for Mayor,"

    He lied , he said his email had been hacked. He brought sham to the party during a crucial vote . He gave the GOP and the News media two weeks of distraction .

    Anthony Weiner and "Mark" Sanford need to stay out of Politics .

    April 15, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. jonnyg

    The last thing NYC needs is more Wiener

    April 15, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Pete

    Let's see how many hypocrital republican posters get on here raising hell condemning Weiner and forget about their own politicians tainted pasts.McCain,Sanford and Gingrich just to name a few after being caught as adulterers think nothing about running again being the supposid sanctumonious ones above all else..Sanford getting approval from the S Carolina bible thumpers the hypocrites who just months ago wanted him hung just for that same reason but now greet him with open arms,what idiots as well as delushional thinking he's seen the Lord and has made amends ..And Weiner being an idiot showing his privates on the internet isn't much better but again he didn't ruin his spouses,childrens lives and spend tax payers money either as well as publicly being caught having an affair did he just someone showing off his body much like Ryan did months ago remember and did you religious freaks out there,mostly republican condemn him,hell no he was running with Romney for the WH wasn't he hypocrites!!Step back Donna,freedom and others to evaluate the overall situation before coming unglued,you know you'll do it here with your idiotic,partisan rantings but remember yah better get out of your glass houses before throwing stones at others because some might just come back your way won't they ,Kabish!!!

    April 15, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Borderless

    @Weiner. No.

    April 15, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY


    Let's see how many hypocrital republican posters get on here raising hell condemning Weiner and forget about their own politicians tainted pasts.

    you mean like "just askin"...."do perverts runs for mayor ny?" That didn't take long for their moronic faces to show.

    April 15, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. oi vay

    Just when you thought NYC couldn't possibly do worse than that clown Bloomberg, the libtards dredge up this weiner. He is qualified for only one job in America, driving the Oscar Mayer weiner mobile.

    April 15, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |