After Anthony Weiner's humiliating resignation from Congress, it didn't seem possible for him to sink much lower. But his year-long rehabilitation seems to have only set him up to fall further. In a new ad for his New York City mayoral campaign, Weiner says, "Look, powerful voices have made it clear from the very beginning they didn't want me to win. But this isn't about what they want." Right now, those powerful voices are New Yorkers. Eighty percent of New York state voters have an unfavorable opinion of him, according to a new poll from Siena College. That's an all-time low in the history of the school's polls. Only 11 percent view him favorably. The news is not much better among New York City voters, where he's doing slightly better: three-quarters view him unfavorably. Plus, he's struggling to raise money. As the teenage Russian gymnast Tatiana Nabieva recently said of her struggle to lose weight and rejoin the national team, "It was the bottom, the depth, the cloaca. Below it there's nowhere to fall."
Weiner is spending $500,000 to air the ad starting Monday. Those are precious dollars. In the first 50 days of his campaign, Weiner raised an average of $16,434 a day, the New York Daily News reports. Since the July 23 revelation that he continued sexting women a year after he quit Congress, Weiner has raised an average of just $1,897 a day. His wife, Huma Abedin, has raised no money for him since the story broke.
But, like Nabieva, maybe Weiner can only go up from here. A frequent criticism of Weiner's record in Congress is that he seemed mostly interested in getting on TV. Now he has the chance to get even more TV time. Weiner might be starring in a documentary about his campaign, the New York Post reports. "The Post spied MTV filmmaker Josh Kriegman — who is also Weiner’s former congressional district director — filming his every last word on the campaign trail recently. He’s often seen riding with Weiner, and a black mike box has been in Weiner’s back pants pocket for at least two weeks." Kriegman, who's made documentaries for PBS and MTV, would not comment.
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