After a year out of the spotlight thanks to his infamous Twitter scandal, former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner may be considering a return to politics in a run for mayor, the New York Post reported on Sunday.
Weiner has certain advantages should he decide to run, the Post reports. For one, he is already sitting on $4.5 million in campaign funds – a good amount of which due to public matching funds that he will lose if he decides not to run for office by 2013.
That amount puts him ahead of all but one potential opponent: City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, who has raised $5.7 million towards a 2013 run so far, according to the New York Times. The next potential candidate, according the Times, is Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, who has raised $3.67 million.
However, Weiner would also face backlash from the Twitter scandal that ended his congressional career last year. In a Marist poll conducted shortly after the scandal, 56 percent of registered voters said he shouldn’t make a mayoral bid in 2013, compared to 25 percent who said he should.
That said, some pollsters still think he might be able to make it. “Sure, he’s got a chance… there are pluses and minuses, and the pluses are in the bank,” Mickey Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute told Politico. “Among politicians, I don’t think they have ever cared that much.”
According to the New York Post, some public officials are suggesting that Weiner might be more successful making a run for public advocate. This would allow him to put the scandal further behind him, perhaps preparing him for a 2017 run for mayor.
Weiner made a brief foray into the public eye to comment on the Supreme Court’s health care decision – an issue he was very involved with – but overall has kept a low profile. He reportedly still has the support of his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton senior aide Huma Abedin.
“I still have regrets,” Weiner told WNYC radio last month. “I paid a very high price . . . I feel great regrets for the people I’ve let down.” Weiner’s Twitter account, website, and campaign office are still active, though he hasn’t tweeted since June 2011.