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. 

Filed under: Anthony Weiner
soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. wut?

    If Repubs can forgive their man for a LOT more, why not this guy?

    May 22, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  2. Name

    More proof that some have no shame.

    May 22, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  3. rs1201

    he's just going to humiliate himself...yet again!

    May 22, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  4. Archie

    Stupid is stupid does.

    May 22, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  5. SteamingPileOfPolitician

    If elected he will be the disgraced mayor of NYC.

    May 22, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  6. Steve Crowley

    There are some Liberal mororns in New York city who will actually vote for this sleasebag. He should be castrated.

    May 22, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    No second chance for you. Go away.

    May 22, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  8. These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty

    I hear his Twitter campaign would be riveting.

    May 22, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  9. Willa

    Weiner should save his money. I don't know anyone who would vote for this shallow suit with a gigantic ego.

    May 22, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  10. David

    It's New York, who cares?

    May 22, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  11. Mike

    Good for him. Why not? NYers are so apathetic none of his past will register with the collective. How funny iy would be to have him as mayor of NYC? His wife and mother-in-law are still players in the Muslim Sisterhood. Perfect set up to have a Muslim woman as fNYC first lady. Hizballah's plan for America is rolling right along. Go look it up I'm tired of explaining things to lazy people.

    May 22, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  12. lexgreen

    Well, you can already buy wieners on just about every block in NYC, so why not. Maybe vendors can start selling a "Mayor Wiener" dog.

    May 22, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  13. George Dixon

    Liberals saw no impropriety in what the x-Congressman did.

    May 22, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  14. lexgreen

    Well, you already buy wieners on just about every block in NYC anyway, so why not. Maybe vendors can come up with a "Mayor Wiener" dog. (or spell it the othe way . . .)

    May 22, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  15. a giovanni

    It's not that he was unfaithful to his wife. Many men are-(and so are women.) He lied and was deceitful to the people of N.Y. If they elect him, they get what they deserve

    May 22, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  16. Name

    he's got a disgraced weiner alright.

    May 22, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  17. Wake up People!

    Anyone need proof that this is now Foxlite.... Just read the headline. Sanford the adulterer was treated with kid gloves but Weiner is a disgrace.....

    May 22, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  18. deepaksarma

    Shameless! Or is shamelessness an essential characteristic of most politicians?

    May 22, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  19. mike in NH

    The real disgrace would be for NYC to elect him.

    May 22, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  20. Fearless Freep

    Why not.
    Mark Stanford gets re-elected after lying cheating and stealing.
    All Weiener did was post some pics.

    May 22, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  21. Pulling a Sanford

    This is going to be the greatest humiliation ("Huma-illiated?") of two people and one city the world has ever seen. Get ready, punsters!!!

    Weiner might win the erection.

    May 22, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  22. plain&simple

    Just as with Mark Sanford....don't run!!!

    May 22, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  23. allengingrich

    We need people like Weiner in office. Before the scandal, I saw no one more promising on the liberal side. Fortunately, his scandal was more stupid than it was heinous, so I think a comeback is no doubt possible. People have done much, much worse and came back to the limelight.

    May 22, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  24. Mr Dalloway

    Go for it and best of luck!

    May 22, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  25. Carl

    Go Weiner. You are a poster child for the democrat party!!

    May 22, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
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