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One year after resigning from Congress following news he had emailed lewd photos of himself to women, married former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner desires a return to politics, according to New York news outlets.
"The disgraced former congressman—who's sitting on a $4.5 million campaign war chest—is mulling a bid for citywide office next year and 'seriously considering' a mayoral run," sources told the New York Post. The newspaper reported that Weiner has spoken with former staffers about returning to work for him.
"He wants to return to politics, according to friends and former staff members," The New York Times reported, adding that if Weiner doesn't spend his campaign cash next year, he will lose an opportunity to get matching funds.
Weiner's camp has not commented on the news reports.
Weiner ran for New York City mayor in 2005, but lost in the Democratic primary. He'd prepared to run again in 2009, but Mayor Mike Bloomberg successfully pushed to change the city term limits law to allow himself to run for a third term, prompting Weiner to steer clear of the race.
Weiner has maintained a low profile since his resignation, winding up occasionally in tabloid news reports for venturing out in the city with his wife, Huma Abedin, a senior aide for Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Post reported Monday that Abedin is encouraging her husband to grant a tell-all interview in the hopes of putting the scandal to rest.