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. frank

    this guy has no should be un-american to vote for him. people like this should be banned from politics forever! shame on those who vote for him...bunch of ignorants

    May 22, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Oakspar77777

    He could not be anything but an improvement over the current walking joke in that office.

    May 22, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. jcvet33

    I'm sure the democrats will vote the pervert in with a landslide.

    May 22, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. jcvet33

    Im sure the democrats will elect the pervert by a landslide.

    May 22, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. johndoughboy

    Someone said he may do better driving one of those Weinermobile trucks touring the whole country advertising the food products of a great companies. Another person said he could hitch up a small vending hot dog stand to the vehicle and give away free hot dogs everywhere he stopped.

    May 22, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Think first

    If you actually look beyond the "scandal" (wow, accidentally posted pix, BFD), his record is spot on and great for the city. If you don't live here, why are you even wasting your time commenting?

    May 22, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    Harleigh Kiffer

    Well, it's New York. Suitable there but not here.

    of course not! You and the rest of the self-righteous moralists wouldn't possibly vote for him but please pontificate about the voters in SC who voted in a person who is much worse than Weiner

    May 22, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. critical thinking

    Go ahead NY, vote this pervert into office. After all this is the best you can do anyway.

    May 22, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. yoshipod

    If Mark Sanford can get elected to serve in Congress after an affair and lying about his location while governor of South Carolina, then there is nothing wrong with Anthony Weiner running.

    May 22, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Al

    This should not be a surprise to anyone, this is a Democrat, and when Democrats commit crimes of any kind that would put a tax payer in jail, they only get elected or promoted. Now this has been demonstrated over and over with Democrats on more than one occasion.

    May 22, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. PigBodine

    This is great news. Even if only to spare us the awful and two-faced Christine Quinn, Weiner already has my vote. Fortunately he is a politician who is smart and talented. The only mark against him was a personal life embarrassment. Most New Yorkers are able to separate the person's privates from their professional life.

    May 22, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. rabbitcommarogerindyreader

    Once again, to all you Repubs wailing about how nasty it is that Weiner even dares think about running for office again, two words: MARK. SANFORD.
    You play-act as if you care about sleazy little indiscretions, but YOU DON'T. YOU RE-ELECTED MARK SANFORD.
    It is time now to commence shutting up and reflecting on how the rest of the rational world has come to the well-supported conclusion that, to find out what nasty thing a Republican is busy doing, all you have to do is listen to what he rails against the loudest.

    May 22, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Malory Archer


    this guy has no should be un-american to vote for him. people like this should be banned from politics forever! shame on those who vote for him...bunch of ignorants


    It doesn't appear that he's going to get many votes, unlike the lying, cheating, thieving, adutering career politician rethug in South Carolina who won against a proven business leader and job creator with a "D" after her name. That the Dems wouldn't vote for Weiner while the rethugs voted overwhelmingly for sanford speaks volumes about ignorance, and your ilk even commenting on the issue is pathetically hypocritical to say the least.

    May 22, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Edward

    This would be a non-issue in Canada. The government has no business in the bedrooms of this nation. Neither do the population have any business in the bedrooms of our political leaders. Just what law did Weiner break by sending a picture? America seems so immature and prudish.

    May 22, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Nigel

    Nothing new here. Further evidence that the average politician, the type of person actually attracted to a career of pandering and professional begging, a career devoid of real economic production (work), and a career in which they get to tell the rest of us what to do, is a sociopath.

    May 22, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Erik in Houston, TX

    He made some mistakes and paid for them. Get over it. It's better to focus on the good he may be able to do.

    May 22, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Malory Archer


    I'm sure the democrats will vote the pervert in with a landslide.


    You mean like the South Carolina rethugs did with sanford a few weeks ago? Sounds like projection to me!

    May 22, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. teamski

    Guys like this need to be put in jail, not re-elected! Goobers like Weiner and Sanford are exactly what is wrong with out political system. They feel that somehow they are ENTITLED to their positions. Criminal, I say!


    May 22, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. brown

    Weiner is no more guilty of poor judgment than any member of the U.S. Congress.

    Let the innocent cast the first stone!

    May 22, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Malory Archer


    Sanford from S.C. just got voted back in to public office – now this clown Weiner is running for mayor of NYC ? You can't make this stuff up. And we wonder why the country is in the shape it is. Two loser's & liar's !!


    Yeah, except sanford, the rethug, actually won whearas weiner the dem will be shown the door in short order by dems who actually walk the walk that the rethugs like to talk..

    May 22, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. jonnyg

    He wants to be "His Honor the Wiener"

    May 22, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. coyoteliberty

    This is comedy gold. Sadly, John Stewart and the Daily Show are unlikely to mine it for all it's worth. Pity.

    "Oh my Mayor has a first name...."

    In the name of heaven, New Yorkers, if you have ANY self respect left, run from this one. Do you seriously want to hold your city leaders to the same non-existent standard that Washington D.C, Detroit and Chicago voters use so regularly?

    May 22, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Katie

    He should have legally changed his name before launching his campaign. I mean "Weiner is a weiner" is all you can think about when you see his name. He will forever be the butt of jokes given the combination of his name and his past indiscretions. It'll be hard to get anyone to take him seriously.

    May 22, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Malory Archer


    Everyone who votes for him gets a nude


    And what did the folks who voted for sanford get? eeeeewwwwww!!!

    May 22, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. allens

    frank, you are right about him not having shame. but then again, it does make him the perfect politician. after sanford being re elected, why not?

    May 22, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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