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Weiner Visits Old Congressional District On His Campaign's Second Day

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The parade of cameras did not follow Anthony Weiner to Queens on his second day on the campaign trail Friday, which he spent in his old congressional district. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

His first day on the campaign trail was compared to a circus. On his second day, Anthony Weiner made the rounds in his old congressional district, to local papers where he once saw support.

Weiner spoke to NY1 outside of one of them.

"It's so great to be back here in my old district," he said.

Weiner said he wants a second chance after he was caught sending lewd photographs to women on Twitter, which led him to resign in disgrace from his seat in the House of Representatives.

Two years later, he said he does not regret that decision.

"I think I made the right decision at the time for my family, and I think I made the right decision for the citizens of my district," he said.

But now, as he orchestrates a comeback, it's unclear where Weiner might see support this time around.

On Friday, he played it safe, visiting areas where he easily won in his 2005 bid for mayor.

"I've never looked at elections as that corner of the city or this constituency or this interest group," Weiner said. "I think that frankly, we all agree that we want a city that is run efficiently, that has good schools, affordable places to live and a tax structure that's progressive and fair."

Some of those seen standing behind his candidacy in 2005 are not signed on this time around. The firefighters' union has backed away from Weiner, and the retail union is supporting another candidate.

Only one union who supported his previous bid seemed open to his candidacy now.

"I think in his heart, he wants to make New York City better," said James Conigliaro of the Machinist and Aerospace Workers, District 15. "Anthony is under serious consideration."

Whether or not Anthony Weiner is welcome on the campaign trail, those that have seen him in action said he's not the same congressman they used to know.

"He struck me as a somewhat different Anthony Weiner that I'm used to," said Peter Mastrosimone of the Queens Chronicle. "I would say, in my opinion, personally, my impression was that he was less aggressive."

Weiner even brushed off a remark reportedly made by the governor that his election would be shameful.

"He said it was a joke, and I think we should leave it at that," Weiner said.

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