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In the least surprising move of this political season, former Congressman Anthony Weiner officially threw his hat into the ring to be the Mayor of New York. Weiner made the announcement via a YouTube video uploaded to his new AnthonyWeiner4Mayor YouTube channel. How very 21st century.

The video is a standard "I'm fighting for the middle class" campaign ad, but it does feature a brief appearance by his wife, Huma Abedin, as well as acknowledgement of the underwear-sexting scandal that ended his career in the federal government. Toward the end of the ad, he says:

"Look, I made some big mistakes. And I know I let a lot of people down. ... I hope I get a second chance to work for you."

He also apparently has a 64-point "action plan" to save New York City, if you're into that kind of thing. ("Put a Kindle in Every Backpack"? Okay, we guess.) We'll see if that's enough to challenge the front-runners, like Christine Quinn and Bill de Blasio, who already have a pretty significant head start. (And a lot more support.) Now it's on to the next stage of the political comeback: actually winning some votes. The Democratic primary is September 10.

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