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Weiner's Former Congressional Colleagues Quiet About His Mayoral Run

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As Anthony Weiner tries to win back the support of New Yorkers, it appears he has his work cut out for him with his former colleagues. Washington bureau reporter Michael Scotto filed the following report.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Politicians like to talk about a lot of topics. But on Capitol Hill Thursday, Anthony Weiner's mayoral run wasn't one of them.

After a bit of prodding, Rep. Nydia Velazquez reluctantly came around. When asked if she would support his candidacy, she said, "I haven't decided yet."

It's been nearly two years since Weiner tweeted himself out of a job. His former colleagues on the Hill didn't rally around him then, and it doesn't appear they're about to do so now.

Rep. Eliot Engel supported Weiner in 2005. He said he'll listen to Weiner's pitch.

"I would certainly give him the same courtesy that I give everybody else and listen to what they have to say and make a decision accordingly," Engel said.

But first, Weiner will have to call him.

"I haven't spoken with him for a long time," Engel said.

Weiner has reached out to some members of the New York delegation in recent days.
Rep. Yvette Clarke got a call from Weiner's staff on Wednesday.

"Right now, we're still in transition out of Washington," she said. "I'm sure at some point, we'll get that going.

She said she wonders whether he can beat the odds.

"He's kind of late to the race, so I don't know what impact that's going to have," she said.

The impact probably won't be great if Weiner plans to rely on his former colleagues for help. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP