Yesterday, in an exclusive story, the New York Post
reported the newspaper had been told by multiple sources close to the former representative that he is considering a run for elected office in New York City next year. The speculation is Weiner, 47, will run for the position of public advocate or even mayor.
The New York Times
reports Weiner has a political war chest of $4.5 million. As long as he uses it by next year, he is eligible to receive a further $1.5 million in public monies.
One source said Weiner may run for the office of public advocate in New York City, a $165,000 a year job. That would give him more time to distance himself from the sexting scandal that forced him out of office last year. He would then be in a better position to run for mayor of New York City in 2017.
Weiner resigned in disgrace from his Queens, New York seat in the House of Representatives in June 2011. Weiner had held the seat since January 1999.
In May 2011, Weiner sent a sexually suggestive photo of himself to a 21-year-old woman who was a "fan." When the picture, sent from Weiner's Twitter account, was posted online, Weiner denied he sent the photo and said his account had been hacked. The following month, more photographs sent to various women were made public, including one sent to a 17-year-old girl in Delaware. The congressman finally admitted he did sent the photos and that he lied about his account being hacked. Weiner, under pressure from the Democrat Party leadership in Congress, resigned his seat.
Today, the New York Post
is reporting Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, wants her husband to give an interview in which he tells all, much the same as Bill Clinton did after his relationship with Monica Lewinsky became public. According to the Post, Abedin is looking for an interviewer that will lob softball questions at her husband.
The Post quotes one source as saying, "Huma's panicked he cannot find a job. She's quite angry because no one she thought would help him has helped him."
The former congressman has not had a job since he resigned his seat.
Weiner, who would not comment on his political aspirations, called the story about his wife "pure fiction."
So what do New Yorkers think about Weiner making a political comeback in the Big Apple? CBS New York
reports based upon comments given to Glenn Shuck of 1010 WINS, there is not a great deal of enthusiasm for Weiner's return to political life. One person described Weiner's return saying, "It's pretty ballsy." Another said despite his political talent, he couldn't imagine people taking Weiner seriously.
A third person described Weiner's return by saying, "It's creepy." The person told Shuck that on the "creep scale", Weiner's an "eight".
It may be little consolation to Weiner, but the guy with the creep scale gives former governor Eliot Spitzer a "nine."