Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the New York Democrat who resigned in disgrace last year after sending out a sexually suggestive photo on Twitter, is "seriously considering" a run for New York City mayor, according to the New York Post.
Weiner, the Post reported, still has a $4.5 million war chest and wants to run for office again soon before the public match on his campaign funds expire after the 2013 election. His preference would be for mayor though is also open to the post of public advocate, the newspaper said.
“I’ve heard he is seriously thinking about getting into a citywide race in 2013 and would like it to be mayor,” a source with "ties to Weiner" told the Post. “In his mind, he’s trying to figure out how to run for mayor.”
Weiner -- married to longtime Secretary of State Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin -- has apparently reached out to people to “talk about the landscape,” a former staffer said.
One political consultant told the Post they believe a mayoral bid is a long shot for the ex-congressman, but getting elected public advocate might not be so far off the mark.
“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,” the consultant said. “But people believe there is a way for him to run for a lesser office.”
Weiner has kept a low profile since his resignation, though turned up in the press last month quoted in the New York Times and was interviewed on the radio about the Supreme Court health care ruling.
As BuzzFeed noted Saturday, Weiner is back on Facebook, having started using "Facebook for iPhone."