Well, he's done it. Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has announced his plans to run for mayor of New York City. And judging by his first campaign ad, it looks like he's hoping cute pictures of his baby will overshadow the unsavory underwear pics he sent to a college student when he was in Congress:
Weiner's campaign announcement isn't entirely surprising -- up until his lewd photos scandal and resignation in 2011, Weiner had been a career politician for nearly 20 years. But just weeks after former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford proved that second chances are possible in politics, Weiner is launching his own campaign for forgiveness:
“Look, I’ve made some big mistakes and I know I’ve let a lot of people down,” Weiner says in a new 2-minute video announcing his bid. “But I’ve also learned some tough lessons. I’m running for mayor because I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it for my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you.”
I'm really curious about the "tough lessons" he's learned from his "big mistakes"... Did he "learn" that he shouldn't text underwear selfies to women who aren't his wife? Did he "learn" that he shouldn't lie about it?
According to Politico, Weiner's considered an underdog at the moment. But he's banking on middle-class support and a large campaign war chest to move his campaign forward:
Weiner’s biggest advantage may be the $4.3 million he has in a city campaign account, money raised mostly before his resignation. He will also be eligible for $1.5 million in public matching funds if he runs for mayor.
Unfortunately for Weiner, however, he's too much like Bill Clinton to even get Bill Clinton's endorsement:
Even though Anthony Weiner claims that Bill Clinton has "been a great source of support and friendship" throughout his crotch-shot scandal, the Post reports today that the Clintons will not be endorsing Weiner in his potential mayoral run. In fact, they wish he would just "disappear," because his very existence supposedly serves as "a reminder of Bill’s scandal with Monica Lewinsky, and it isn’t helpful to Hillary’s hopes for 2016."