The disgraced former Congressman is "seriously considering" a run to be New York City's mayor in 2013, and he already has $4.5 million from past campaigns to get him started, says pun filled reports from the New York Post.
Someone at the Post's news desk has been saving up Weiner puns for months, and over the last two days they finally let it all hang out. First, yesterday the Post reported Weiner has a $4.5 million war chest from aborted mayoral runs that he's "not giving back," according to a source. ("Anthony Weiner is still one of the most well-endowed politicians in the city," is the Post's lede.) His mammoth bank account puts him financially ahead of every other civic politician in New York City, and he has until the end of 2013 to use the funds before they expire. Daily Intel's Caroline Bankoff said Weiner basically has to run for mayor with all that money.
Sure enough, today the Post reports Weiner is "seriously considering" a run for Bloomberg's job. ("Anthony Weiner’s not shrinking from elected office," they say.) He's got the money, and a source tells the Post he's been rallying his old troops and asking if they would come back to work for him. He might opt for a more low key position like public advocate, and use that as a tune-up job before mounting a run for mayor in 2017. "The general feeling is that you can’t text pictures of your penis to a girl, then lie about it, then get kicked out of the House and then run for mayor right after," a political consultant explained to the Post. "But people believe there is a way for him to run for a lesser office."
Weiner's been spending his time at home raising his new son, which the Post has mocked in the past, and now he's itching to get back into politics since resigning last year. Whether it be in 2013 or 2017, we're excited for the potential of an Anthony Weiner vs. Alec Baldwin televised debate. That would be ratings gold.
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