May 22nd, 2013
01:51 AM ET
10 years ago

Disgraced ex-congressman Weiner says he's running for NYC mayor

(CNN) – It’s official.

After months of speculation, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner announced in a YouTube video posted to his campaign website late Tuesday that he is running for mayor of New York City.

“Look, I’ve made some big mistakes and I know I’ve let a lot of people down.  But I’ve also learned some tough lessons,” Weiner says in the video.  “I’m running for mayor because I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it for my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you.”

His campaign told CNN he does not have any events planned for Wednesday.

Now that Weiner is in 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 he later admitted to the indiscretions and left the House of Representatives.

But the former congressman from Brooklyn says he’s hoping for a second chance, and has been not-so-quietly testing the waters about a mayoral bid in recent months.

Rumors began swirling in January, after a filing with the New York City Campaign Finance Board revealed that Weiner’s mayoral campaign committee, created ahead of his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination in the 2005 race, had a healthy $4.5 million cash pile.

Weiner later admitted in a lengthy, repentant New York Times Magazine profile in April that he was eyeing the mayor’s race, and confirmed that his political committee had spent more than $100,000 on polling and research.

Also in April, Weiner released a detailed plan outlining his ideas for the city. Called “Keys to the City,” the document, which appears to be a reworked version of a plan Weiner released during his 2009 campaign, lays out 64 ideas to revitalize New York City’s middle class.

Weiner asks New Yorkers for feedback on his plan in his video announcement, which also features a rare appearance from his wife Huma Abedin.

A longtime aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Abedin stayed mostly silent throughout her husband’s scandal, but has been publicly expressing support for his political comeback of late.

“We love this city, and no one will work harder to make it better than Anthony,” Huma says in the video.

This will be Weiner’s third run for mayor of the Big Apple – he ran in 2005 and launched a bid in 2009, but later dropped out when the city council extended the mayor's term limits, allowing incumbent Michael Bloomberg to run again.

Two polls conducted in April indicated that Weiner would jump to second place in the race for Democratic nomination, but would still trail by double digits frontrunner Christine Quinn, the city council president.

Asked about Weiner's candidacy at a forum in New York Wednesday, Quinn wouldn't mention her new rival by name.

"This race, I don't care who's in it, is about what the candidates have done for New York's middle class and what our vision is for New York's middle class moving forward," Quinn said. "And I don't care who enters the race. Nobody has a better, stronger, clearer record of delivering for working class and middle class New Yorkers than I do, and nobody has the set of specific ideas, plans and visions like I do."

–Kevin Liptak, Ashley Killough, Paul Steinhauser and Leigh Remizowski contributed to this report. 

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soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. dave richman

    Only a man such as this would have the depraved weakness to raise his gaze from the gutter in which he lives. Only such a man could dare hope to appeal to others as their leader with a straight face.

    May 22, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  2. pale blue dot

    Another loser out to SCAM the city.

    May 22, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  3. Mike

    He did some dumb things with his phone, but he was a good rep.

    Too bad we would rather have bad reps and people who don't know how to use a phone in office because they are somehow not morally corrupted........yea right!

    May 22, 2013 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  4. Miss Trixie

    And the Democrats in New York will vote for this pervert. Weiner will rise again.

    May 22, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  5. Anonymous

    WHY NOT??? The whole political system if full of them!!!! it will not make any difference to have him join the band wagon again!!!! America what a country!!!

    May 22, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  6. truth is good

    This guy is a creep. No way he should be running for mayor of Americas greatest city.

    May 22, 2013 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  7. SHT

    Well, Sanford made a comeback, so I guess this guy may have a shot.

    May 22, 2013 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  8. Whome

    Run for mayor, sounds about right for a dirtbag, oh he is a dem that can't be right.

    May 22, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  9. Dude Love

    What a tool

    May 22, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  10. Robert Martin

    Go for it. You have my support.

    May 22, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  11. Name lynn

    weiner running for mayor in nyc, you are very hated anthony weiner go do something differnet an make the people proud.

    May 22, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  12. thomase

    It really makes you think. Some guy shows his junk to a woman and another runs off to another continent to be with his mistress. Neither of what these people have done are good but one is re-elected to congress and another is ostracized.

    I'd imagine if Weiner had an (R) beside his name and lived in the south his political career would be flourishing.

    May 22, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  13. Tom

    What a weiner.

    May 22, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  14. Jacques Lafortune

    Why do we keep re-electing (or thinking of re-electing) politicians who have shown poor judgement, unacceptable behavior or plain disregard for basic social mores? Masochism? Apathy? Indifference? Risk taking?

    May 22, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  15. jaron kadek

    He is hoping there are a LOT of South Carolinians living in NYC!

    May 22, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  16. AreYouKidding?

    The only person Anthony Weiner has ever worked hard for is Anthony Weiner. No one's fooled, cheating dirtbag liar.
    Good luck!

    May 22, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  17. Leeford

    If Sanford can abandon his post, skip off to South America to commit adultery and get reelected to high office, why not a guy who merely sent a photo of his junk?

    May 22, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  18. king

    hey i say go for what you know. if adulterer sand ford can win the conservatives over, why cant a liberal! wiener didn't commit anything close to sand ford, because Sanford commit adultery and used campaign funds to do what he did. wiener just showed himself inappropriately on his computer scream, which is wrong, but if you put it in scope to a wife which one is more important.

    May 22, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  19. northerstar

    We have the right to expect MORE from the people who want to lead us. Yes, he made mistakes. Let him do something else with his life rather than LEAD us. There are good people who can lead us BY EXAMPLE rather than asking forgiveness after "getting caught".

    May 22, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  20. T

    ......If NYC is known as the "Big Apple" with Bloomberg,.............I wonder what it will be called with AW as mayor.....

    May 22, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA aka Take Back the House aka No Redemption Votes

    “I’m running for mayor because I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it for my entire life."
    Yes you have Anthony and I hope you can pull this win off. Your presence is really more desired back in the House of Representatives. Good luck!

    May 22, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  22. Dave

    Well i guess if Terry Sanford can win in SC, weiner can win in New York.

    May 22, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  23. liberal disease

    a loud mouthed, obnoxious liberal who likes to take pictures of his private parts and text them to young girls then lie about it and say his account was hacked, forget NYC, there is a place for you in the Obama administration!

    May 22, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  24. george

    Liberals and democrat deserve a leader like this......he no only represent their values, he mastered them....New York is the perfect place for go ahead "smart herd", elect him.....please

    May 22, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  25. NameRolph

    This is a joke ..... Right?

    May 22, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
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