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Anthony Weiner For NYC Mayor?

Before he resigned from Congress in disgrace over a Twitter scandal, former Rep. Anthony Weiner was considered to be a strong contender to replace NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Now multiple reports indicate he may be mulling a run for that office after all.
The disgraced former congressman — who’s sitting on a $4.5 million campaign war chest — is mulling a bid for citywide office next year and “seriously considering” a mayoral run, multiple sources told The Post. The cocky pol is also open to the post of public advocate as a backup plan, said sources, who described the Queens Democrat as “desperate” to get back into politics. Weiner, 47, has even spoken to former staffers about going back to work for him, according to another source. And he wants to run soon because the public match on his campaign funds are due to expire after the 2013 election. “I’ve heard he is seriously thinking about getting into a citywide race in 2013 and would like it to be mayor,” said a source with ties to Weiner. “In his mind, he’s trying to figure out how to run for mayor.”
According to the above-linked article, Weiner may first run for Public Advocate, the city's number two position, in order to put a "cleansing" period between 2013 and a mayoral run in 2017. Openly gay City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has consistently been the mayoral favorite in polls taken since Weiner dropped out of public life.

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