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Anthony Weiner Website Back Online As Talk Of Potential Mayor Candidacy Continues

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Former Rep. Anthony Weiner hasn't talked publicly since we interviewed him Monday, but there are new signs he may be returning to politics. It comes as his possible candidacy is taking up more of the conversation on the campaign trail. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

He may not yet be on the ballot, but Anthony Weiner is back online.

The Internet got the former congressman in trouble. He's taking it slower this time.

He doesn't seem to be updating his website so far.

The last post is dated May 25, 2011, three days before another website had startling news: Weiner had sent a risque photo of himself to all of his Twitter followers. His excuse, that he was hacked, unraveled, along with his congressional career.

A source says the website should never have been down, but the credit card paying for it expired.

Weiner is now considering a comeback.

A new poll has him pulling 15 percent of registered Democrats, second in the Democratic primary to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

You can look at the poll in one of two ways. One is that Weiner's not even running and already, he's in second place. The other is that everyone knows who Weiner is and only 15 percent of voters want him.

What is clear is that Weiner is the issue of the moment on the campaign trail.

"Whatever is the next step for him is up to him, and I'm very focused on my race, my candidacy," Quinn said Wednesday.

Quinn was announcing a "Women for Chris" group. She deflected numerous questions about her would-be rival.

Former Councilwoman Ronnie Eldridge said Weiner should run for City Comptroller, which only has one candidate in the race.

The top office, she said, should go to the lone female contender.

"Women have a distinction of using common sense that men don't," Eldridge said. "We don't get caught into all the trappings of power."

Other candidates, of course, are pointing out their appeal to both men and women.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio disputed that Weiner would knock him out of contention.

Each represented parts of Brooklyn.

The poll shows that Weiner would pull support not just from de Blasio, but also Quinn and former Democratic nominee William Thompson.

"Anthony Weiner is a theoretical part of this race, so all I can say is, let's look at the candidates we have now," de Blasio said. "I feel very good about the strength we've shown, the growth in my support."

Weiner didn't return requests for comment.

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