Disgraced pol Anthony Weiner, who resigned amidst a Twitter scandal that involved sending pictures of his junk to people that were not his wife, and eventually became known as Weinergate, has announced a run for New York City mayor.
Via the New York Times:
Anthony D. Weiner, once a rising star of New York politics whose career cratered over revelations of his sexually explicit life online, announced an improbable bid on Wednesday for the job he has long coveted: mayor.
After a rocky re-emergence into public life over the past few weeks, marked by circuslike scenes of tabloid photographers chasing him onto the subway, Mr. Weiner opted to declare his candidacy from the safe remove of a video.
Watch the video…
Ali at Viral Read explains that this may have been the perfect time for a scandal-plagued politician to make an announcement.
It’s a busy news-cycle for the country as a whole. Hiding under the constant coverage of the tragic tornado that ripped Moore, Oklahoma a part, President Barack Obama’s scandal-ridden DC, and coming after Mark Sanford’s redemptive run, it appears to be perfect timing for the disgraced former Congressman to make the bid.
Not to mention, with New York Democrats being arrested for corruption seemingly daily, Weiner’s scandal may seem less … scandalous.
Weiner already starts behind the eight ball however, with a Clinton aide saying that neither Bill or Hillary will be providing support. Why? Because “every time he pops up, it’s a reminder of Bill’s scandal with Monica Lewinsky.”
The Clintons flaccid response to Weiner’s mayoral aspirations has to be hard on the former Congressman, and delivers a tough blow to an already rigid uphill battle in the race to become mayor of New York City.
Will he overcome?