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The potential entry of Anthony Weiner into the mayor's race has the city's political scene buzzing, including some of the candidates for mayor. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

He isn't even a candidate, but already, Anthony Weiner is getting advice from would-be rivals.

"If Anthony wants to be mayor, he should run," said mayoral candidate John Liu. "I guess I would just suggest getting rid of his phone and closing down the Tweeting account."

But would New Yorkers vote for Mayor Weiner? One candidate, Sal Albanese, isn't sure.

"I'm not sure that they're ready for a Weiner mayoralty," Albanese said.

That candor was the exception among Weiner's fellow Democrats already in the race.

"If Congressman Weiner is going to run, you know, come and join us," said mayoral candidate William Thompson. "The congressman has always had good ideas. Those who can add to that discussion, who can make the discussion any bit richer, I welcome him into the race."

"All are welcome," said mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio.

But behind the scenes, that may not be the case. De Blasio is thought to have the most to lose by Weiner's entrance. Both represented Brownstone Brooklyn, though Weiner now lives in Manhattan.

"I don't speculate on possible candidacies," de Blasio said. "I have talked about what I want to do, what I want to talk about for the future of this city, what I want to propose as the solutions to our problems, and I think people in the city are focusing on the issues. But it's not my place to speculate on a possible candidate."

A de Blasio supporter emailed to say that they believe Weiner in the race would pose more of a threat to Christine Quinn.

"I think obviously, whatever next step Congressmember Weiner makes is a decision he and his family have to make together, and I wish him and them well in whatever decision they make," Quinn said when asked about Weiner's possible entry into the race.

The strongest reaction came from Adolfo Carrion, a former Democratic Bronx borough president running on the Independence Party line.

"It just happened, for God sake," Carrion said. "He brought shame and embarrassment to the office that he was entrusted with, to his family, unfortunately, and to his constituents."

Of course, it doesn't matter much what would rivals think about Weiner entering the race.
What matters is what regular voters believe. And as Weiner begins to rebuild his public image that turned into a punchline, we'll see what they think

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