A new poll shows that if Anthony Weiner jumps into the Democratic primary for mayor, he will already be in second place behind City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. His entry looks like it will hurt Quinn and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio the most. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
If Anthony Weiner runs for mayor, he will no doubt shake up the race.
A new poll finds that Weiner is in second place in a hypothetical Democratic primary.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn still leads the pack with 26 percent, while Weiner gets 15 percent of the vote.
City Comptroller John Liu moves into third place, and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former City Comptroller William Thompson are tied for fourth.
"What jumps out, really, is how well he does, how he does have a reservoir of support," said Kenneth Sherill of Hunter College. "What we don't know is whether that reservoir of support is among likely voters or just among people who are responding positively to his name."
If Weiner stays on the sidelines, Quinn remains in front, according to the poll, with de Blasio in second.
The City Council Speaker's lead, though, has taken a hit. In February, she had 37 percent of the vote. Now, she has 30.
The poll comes one day after NY1 political anchor Errol Louis conducted an exclusive interview with Weiner, his first since resigning from Congress nearly two years ago.
In the sit-down interview, Weiner suggested that the House Ethics Committee cleared him of any wrongdoing in connection with the text message sex scandal that forced him from Washington.
He was asked whether he used any public resources to communicate with the women he met online.
"I know that the House of Representatives looked into this and found that there weren't any, I believe," he said. "But I can't say with finality, yes or no. But I don't believe so."
The Ethics Committee had reportedly launched an inquiry into his actions, but it never made any public statements about clearing Weiner.
When NY1 asked Weiner if he had any evidence to show he was found to have done nothing wrong, he directed us to the committee.
The chief lawyer to the committee said that if any opinions are given to House members, it is up to the members to decide whether or not to share them.