More than a year-and-a-half after he was forced into resigning, there’s still speculation former Congressmember Anthony Weiner will make a bid for some public office, several media sources have reported.
The Daily News claimed an anonymous pollster was calling registered voters to gauge if they still had a favorable view of the disgraced legislator, who resigned in June 2011 after he was embroiled in a sexting scandal. Weiner, despite his resignation, kept steadfast that the scandal did not stretch past the inappropriate pictures he sent.
The New York Post reported the same day that Weiner, who spent about 12 years in Congress, was eyeing a run for City Comptroller, meaning, if true, he’d face off against Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in a Democratic primary.
Weiner, who represented south Brooklyn and a significant portion of Queens, has nearly $4 million in campaign funds, most raised while he was in Congress, according to the State Board of Elections 2013 January Periodic Report. Money paid out between July and January has mainly been for rent and phone lines. The only exceptions were in July when Anthony Weiner for Mayor paid out legal fees, purchased a hard drive and paid Godaddy.com $241.92 for domain hosting.
The former congressmember has continually told reporters rent and phone bills are standard procedure but doesn’t mean he will actually make a run. Before he resigned two years ago, Weiner was considered a front runner to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor.
After the scandal, Weiner slipped from the limelight and focused on being a stay-at-home dad for his newborn son. He came back into the public eye for roughly half an hour last summer on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” to discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling on health care reform — something he supported during his time on Capitol Hill. Broaching the scandal and his resignation for just a moment, Weiner apologized to his constituents but would not comment on his political future.