It’s official: former congressman Anthony Weiner is considering a bid for mayor of New York.
“I don’t have this burning, overriding desire to go out and run for office,” he said. “It’s not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time. But I do recognize, to some degree, it’s now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something. I’m trying to gauge not only what’s right and what feels comfortable right this second, but I’m also thinking, How will I feel in a year or two years or five years? Is this the time that I should be doing it? And then there’s the other side of the coin, which is . . . am I still the same person who I thought would make a good mayor?”
In the interview, Weiner takes a mild shot at City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the frontrunner in the Democratic primary, by saying he can’t get past her support for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s successful push to extend term limits. It’s been reported that Weiner has commissioned polling; the former congressman says the results show he would be “the underdog.” But he still has $4.3 million in campaign funds in the bank.