Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner announced his candidacy Wednesday for mayor of New York City. But he will have a harder time than Rep. Mark Sanford did in staging a comeback.
Anthony Weiner is running for mayor of New York, less than two years after he resigned from Congress in disgrace over revelations about his extramarital, sexually explicit online exploits.
In a two-minute video released Wednesday morning announcing his mayoral candidacy, Mr. Weiner appears the quintessential family man. It starts with him and his wife, feeding their baby boy. At the end, his wife – Huma Abedin, aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton – appears again, sitting next to Weiner on a New York stoop, endorsing his candidacy.
Weiner himself acknowledges he made some “big mistakes” and asks for a “second chance.”
“I’ve let a lot of people down,” Weiner says. “But I’ve also learned some tough lessons.”
Surely, he has also taken to heart the lesson of former Gov. Mark Sanford (R) of South Carolina, newly elected to his old congressional seat in a remarkable political comeback. In 2009, then-Governor Sanford went AWOL to visit his mistress in Argentina, after suggesting he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. He finished his term, but his wife divorced him.