Despite his humiliating resignation two years ago as a U.S. congressman from New York following the revelation of several online affairs, Anthony Weiner (shown) has indicated that he is considering a run for mayor of New York City. During a lengthy, sympathetic interview with the New York Times Magazine, he stated that he would like to ask voters for a “second chance.”
He explained in the interview,
[Running for office is] not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time. But I do recognize, to some degree, it's now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something.
I'm trying to gauge not only what's right and what feels comfortable right this second, but I'm also thinking, How will I feel in a year or two years or five years? Is this the time that I should be doing it? And then there's the other side of the coin, which is ... am I still the same person who I thought would make a good mayor?
Weiner told the magazine that his committee has already dropped over $100,000 on polling and research, though his pollster informed him that he would be the “underdog” in a mayoral race.
Weiner’s pollster, longtime Obama pollster David Binder, explained that the focus of the poll was the question, “Are voters willing to give him a second chance or not, regardless of what race or what contest?”
Binder said, “There was this sense of ‘Yeah, he made a mistake. Let’s give him a second chance. But there are conditions on that, and there are a couple of things we’re going to want to know: What have you been doing since this incident occurred? Did you learn anything from this mistake? How did you deal with it? They want to know that they’ve put it behind them.”
Acknowledging that his run would be an uphill battle, Weiner told the magazine, “I am a bit of a polarizing case.”
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