The return of Weiner?


| dbrennan@queenscourier.com |

It appears that former Congressmember Anthony Weiner, it turns out, is not running for something. Or maybe he just wanted to see what the reaction would be to a possible candidacy. Reports insisted Weiner might want to run for mayor or perhaps public advocate, but he told the Wall Street Journal, “It’s a clown story, bro.”

Weiner resigned from Congress last summer after it was discovered he tweeted lewd pictures to women. Since then he’s been out of the public eye, only occasionally seen with his wife Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The two had a baby in December.

But Weiner would not shut the door on a political future.

“I can’t say absolutely that I will never run for public office again, but I’m very happy in my present life. I’m not doing anything to plan a campaign,” Weiner told People magazine.

“I’ve had enormous regrets about what I put Huma through, how I let my constituents down,” he said. “But it’s not like I sit all day replaying it through my mind. With a baby, it is pretty easy to put things into perspective.”

Okay, but this is politics, and everything is in a different perspective.

How do these scandals work? And when can you be rehabilitated? The most recent example in New York is former Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned over a hooker scandal. Despite many reports of his possible return to run for office, he never did try, and seems satisfied being a political commentator. After a few years, there now seems to be a decent distance from that scandal.

Minutes after being acquitted of campaign finance charges, former Senator John Edwards hinted that “I don’t think God is through with me.” Yes, but even God might put Edwards on the bench after his recent history. When I covered his trial, Edwards’ approval rating in North Carolina was three percent. I often wondered who those three percent were.

Reports suggested Weiner was looking to do a “once and for all” type of interview on what happened. I wonder if anyone cares to listen.

So maybe he will get a cable show. We all know Weiner can talk with the best of them, and there is always room for more chatter.

One thing he really has going for him: his wife.

Abedin says “we’re a normal family.”

“Anthony has spent every day since then trying to be the best dad and husband he can be,” she said. “I’m proud to be married to him.”

Weiner added. “You wonder if my name was Mitchell whether the scandal would have been as bad.”

Yes, those jokes get tiring!