Weiner: Decision on mayoral run coming 'soon'
May 17th, 2013
12:37 PM ET
9 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. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
    How about David Vitter wearing a diaper while being humilated by one of the DC Madame's employees? Adultery is adultery: leave it to you to justify a GOP politician's failures and condemn the Democrat's.

    May 17, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    The numbers don't look so good. If I were him I wouldn't bother.

    May 17, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |

    The gop is saying that every single problem we face today is obamas fault, they have tried to blame him for literally everything, while doing nothing! they do nothing but campaign all day, everyday now, sure saving the koch brothers alot of cash, whats better than tax free campaign money? taxpayer funded campaigning, as there daily job, c'mon 2014

    May 17, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |

    So sayin, sanford told you this was his true love, im sure he never told his wife that either huh?

    May 17, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Thomas

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

    so what your saying it's ok , justifying Marc Sanford ?

    That makes it ok ?

    Both of them should go to the Arnold S center for male enhancement of the brain.

    So they lie , forgive themselves , then want to work in government again .

    Unless your Issa and auto theft is just a job.

    May 17, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |

    biden, really? so all fat people are liberals, thank you for your inciteful contributions, now go away

    May 17, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. PaulCat

    You should not have resigned.

    Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana didn't.

    As of today, he still hold office.

    He doesn't talk to the people of his state, his town hall meetings are done (by phone) and if you don't agree with his viewpoint, you may as well hang up because your call will not go through.

    That's all you have to do Anthony.

    May 17, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. just sayin

    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.

    yeah... like crooks charlie rangel and jesse jackson jr.! real high standards there buddy! so high a snake has no problem meeting them. hahahaha....

    May 17, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |

    Man with the posts coming from the repubs here, we dems dont need to say anything

    May 17, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    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.

    yeah... like crooks charlie rangel and jesse jackson jr.! real high standards there buddy! so high a snake has no problem meeting them. hahahaha....
    How about Tom DeLay, Bob Ney, Mark Foley and John Ensign? None of the parties are perfect, so quite trying to act like the GOP is the Fountain of Virtue.

    May 17, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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