Anthony Weiner says he will soon let New Yorkers know whether he will run for mayor, but signs this week indicated he has already decided to get in the race. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner is being coy about his political plans. But he told NY1 on Friday in the Gramercy section of Manhattan that New Yorkers will not have to wait long for an official announcement.
"It's going to be soon. It's going to have to be soon," Weiner said.
As far as political observers are concerned, Weiner has already decided to run for mayor. A source told NY1 Weiner hired a campaign manager and this week he was spotted shooting a campaign-style video outside his childhood home in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
The scene outside the house was back to normal on Friday. His father would not speak to NY1 about the film crew from the day before.
The former congressman also refused to talk about the shoot.
"I have nothing to tell you about that. Sorry," Weiner said.
NY1 spotted Weiner near his Park Avenue South apartment building, taking a late afternoon stroll with his wife, Huma Abedin.
"We are just going to spend a little time with our son. We are meeting him over at Barnes and Noble," Weiner said.
Should Weiner run, his biggest problem is likely to be the online sex-message scandal that forced him to resign from Congress two years ago. He has done lengthy interviews about it in recent weeks and seems to be trying to clear the air about his past in advance of a campaign.
As for the specific timing of an announcement, he would not say if it will come next week, as expected.
"I think you always do, don't you? At NY1, you always have your calendar clear," Weiner said.
He seemed eager to cut the conversation short, until the NY1 crew asked what he wanted to say to New Yorkers.
"Once I decide what I would like to do, I am sure we will have plenty of chances to talk," said Weiner.
Weiner's wife is also in the news for having been a private consultant while working for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The former congressman said there are many people who work as consultants throughout the federal government.
As for Weiner he just seems to be looking to get back into his old line of work: politics. A run for mayor, even an unsuccessful one, could be one way to repair his reputation.