Less than two years after a scandal forced him from office, former Rep. Anthony Weiner is considering a political comeback, and the political job he has his eye on is no less than mayor of New York City.
The disgraced former congressman confirmed in a New York Times Magazine article that he is considering a run for City Hall.
It may come as little surprise to political observers, who have been speculating for some time that Weiner may enter the race.
Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after admitting he sent lewd photographs of himself to women he met online.
He has spent about $100,000 on polling, where New Yorkers reportedly were asked their opinion of Weiner and the other Democratic candidates.
He also has more than $4.3 million in old campaign contributions at his disposal.
But Weiner may not be ready to pull the trigger on a campaign just yet. He told the magazine, "I don’t have this burning, overriding desire to go out and run for office. It’s not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time. But I do recognize, to some degree, it’s now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something."
When reached for comment by reporters Wednesday, Weiner did not elaborate further.
"I don't have anything more to add than what you read in the New York Times story, but I'll be glad to sit down with each of you individually sometime next week," Weiner said.
At the very least, Weiner's willingness to open up about the scandal, breaking down in tears at times, is a sign that he is trying hard to repair his image and let the world know he and his wife have made their peace. Whether the next step is a run for mayor remains to be seen.
"He's got an uphill fight, but it depends on the field and the view of the field by the public," said political consultant George Arzt. "If they feel that this field is lacking, maybe he has a shot."
Weiner has until June to make a decision on whether to enter the mayor's race.
Quinn's Lead Slips Slightly In Quinnipiac Poll
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn still leads her Democratic rivals in the mayoral race, but her numbers have slipped a bit, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.
It says 32 percent of Democratic voters surveyed would choose the speaker in the Democratic primary for mayor, down from 37 percent in February.
Quinn still holds a big lead over her nearest rival, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who draws only 14 percent.
Pollsters questioned 925 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points.
Among Republican voters, former Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota draws 23 percent in the GOP primary, followed by Doe Fund founder George McDonald and billionaire John Catsimatidis.
Pollsters questioned 188 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 7.2 percentage points.
In a head-to-head match-up in the general election, Lhota would get trounced by all the Democratic candidates.
Each Democrat leads Lhota by at least 30 percentage points among all voters polled.
The poll's margin of error is +/- 2.6 percentage points.