Anthony Weiner Preparing To Run For NYC Mayor

As improbable as it all seems, it appears that former Congressman Anthony Weiner is about to announce his candidacy for Mayor of New York City:

Anthony Weiner’s bid to rise from the political dead is ready to begin in earnest — the disgraced former congressman will announce he is running for mayor as early as next week, according to sources.

“He’s definitely running,” one Weiner ally told The Post.

After weeks of hinting at a run, Weiner has taken a major step toward firing up his campaign by hiring a manager to guide his mayoral bid, according to a report.

Weiner has tapped political adviser Danny Kedem, who recently worked on a Staten Island congressional race, to run his impending mayoral campaign, according to a report on Politico.com.

Kedem, who worked on Democrat Mark Murphy’s failed congressional run, has worked on mayoral campaigns in the past.

Sources expect Weiner will make the announcement in the next 10 days, sometime before Memorial Day on May 27 — which happens to be the second anniversary of the day he sent out on Twitter a picture of his manhood that embarrassed him into resigning from Congress.

Some think he may already have waited too long.

He needs to start getting signatures to obtain ballot status, as petitioning for all elective offices begins June 4.

Democratic mayoral debates and forums have already taken place, with Weiner on the sidelines.

A Quinnipiac poll conducted in April had Weiner at second place, trailing only front-runner Christine Quinn.

Weiner was at 15 percent in the poll, while Quinn had 28 percent. Bill de Blasio was right behind Weiner, with 11 percent, followed by Bill Thompson at 10 percent and John Liu at 9.

As has been previously reported, Weiner has millions of dollars in campaign funds sitting in the bank but would need to spend it this year in order to qualify or matching funds. However, I’ve got to honestly say that a Mayoral bid from this guy seems like a heck of a long shot.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2013, Quick Takes, US Politics
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Comments

  1. edmondo says:

    Psychiatry ought to explore the personality traits of politicians who firmly believe that they are the only ones who can “save the patient”.

  2. Neil Hudelson says:

    It is a long shot, but it will keep his name in the public sphere and allow him to re-engage with his big donors and supporters. I doubt he believes he will win, but I’m sure he’s seeing this as the first step in a larger grand plan.

  3. JKB says:

    So he’s stroking the sensitive areas to erect a full campaign apparatus before plunging headlong into the swelling mayoral race.

    I think teenage girls have said it best, “Ewww!”

  4. beth says:

    Mark Sanford’s being sworn in today as a Congressman. He’ll join other such paragons of virtue as David Vitter and Charlie Rangel and others I’m sure I’ve forgotten. I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss Weiner’s chances.

  5. Stonetools says:

    If Diaper Dave can win re-election as Senator from Louisiana and Rob Portman can hike back into Congressman from South Carolina , why would you be so skeptical of Weiner making a comeback as Mayor Of New York? Is it because you don’t like his politics? Oh, think I just answered my own question…

  6. grumpy realist says:

    Prolly was inspired by Sanford’s “comeback”….

  7. G.A.Phillips says:

    Mark Sanford’s being sworn in today as a Congressman. He’ll join other such paragons of virtue as David Vitter and Charlie Rangel and others I’m sure I’ve forgotten.

    Um… Clinton?

  8. G.A.Phillips says:

    Oscar Mayor Weiner?

  9. Mike says:

    And the late night comedians said “Thank you.” They should have to take a pay cut with how easy it will be to make jokes.

  10. Groty says:

    Bill Clinton’s approval rating was 69% just prior to giving a speech at the Democrats 2012 nominating convention. That’s despite us knowing Juanita Broadrick accused him of raping her. After Gennifer Flowers claimed he banged her for twelve years on the side while he was married to Hillary. Paula Jones. The list is practically endless.

    Democrats love perverts – and apparently much of America does too as demonstrated by Clinton’s high approval rating. If Weiner does not win, I bet he will be competitive.

  11. Andre Kenji says:

    @Stonetools:

    why would you be so skeptical of Weiner making a comeback as Mayor Of New York? Is it because you don’t like his politics?

    Simple. Even if there was no underwear photos there is little to think that Wiener would be the favorite to win. He was popular with MSNBC and Fox News producers, but not with the rest of the NY delegation.

  12. wr says:

    @Andre Kenji: “He was popular with MSNBC and Fox News producers, but not with the rest of the NY delegation. ”

    The “NY delegation” has nothing to do with electing a mayor of NYC. It’s not an appointed position.

    The real question is whether there are enough New Yorkers who feel that Christine Quinn is being foisted on them by the same forces that brought about the increasingly unpopular Bloomberg’s third term — hello, New York Times! — that they’ll take a chance on Weiner.

  13. TheColourfield says:

    @Groty:

    David Vitter
    Larry Craig
    Mark Sanford
    Bob Packwood
    Pete Domenici
    Herman Cain
    John Ensign
    Mark Foley
    David Dreier
    Strom Thurmond
    Jeff Gannon
    Newt Gingrich

    Shall I go on ?

  14. ernieyeball says:

    @TheColourfield: Shall I go on?

    Don’t bother. Citizen Groty and friends don’t mind it when Republican politicians cheat on their wives.
    If Gingrich says it is mainstream behavior then who are we to quibble?

    Newt Gingrich Says Affairs Make Him ‘More Normal’ Than Mitt ‘Only Has Sex With His Wife’ Romney

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2012/01/gingrich-normal-affairs-romney.html

  15. Laurence Bachmann says:

    @edmondo: Psychiatry should examine the tens of thousands of imbeciles who will vote for the creep and the morons who will give him millions. They are far more terrifying. The fact that he might win is mind boggling.

  16. bill says:

    he’s desperate, really needs a job as he had no career to fall back on. this makes him even worse for the job, at least bloomie didn’t “need the money”.

  17. Pinky says:

    @ernieyeball:

    Well, that’s why Newt beat Romney for the nomination. It was his mainstream appeal, across all sections of the party.