It's been two years since Anthony Weiner's political career fell apart, and now he's asking the public for a second chance as he enters the race for New York City mayor. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
Whatever happens next, Anthony Weiner is forever linked with a June 2011 afternoon. He admitted sending explicit photos to women he met online, and lying about it in a cover-up.
Even President Obama said Weiner should go. And resign he did in a chaotic news conference.
"I'm here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made, and the embarrassment I have caused," Weiner said.
Where he resigned was significant. The Brooklyn senior center was where he started his race for elected office. An aide to then Congressman Charles Schumer, the 27-year-old won a City Council seat.
He took over Schumer's Congressional district in 1998.
"Being seen as an heir to Congressman Schumer is very important in this race is very important in this race. He is revered from one end of the district to another," Weiner once said.
Weiner wasn't exactly revered, but he was popular enough to win seven terms.
In 2005, he lost a mayoral primary to Fernando Ferrer. Sharp elbows from the Bloomberg camp kept Weiner out four years later.
He stayed in Washington, a vocal champion of liberal causes, although too abrasive to some.
Since resigning he's worked as a consultant, earning half a million dollars last year with his wife, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton.
Marriage and the birth of a son last year appears to have mellowed him.
Until recently, he's kept largely out of sight, hoping time heals his wounds of disgrace.
He polled his chances then emerged with a magazine interview. That led to television sitdowns.
"I know there may be some people who say, you know what, I could never trust him again, but even for those people I'd like to have a conversation that asks,
quite frankly 'Can I have a second chance?'" Weiner told NY1.
That's a question that will soon be answered.