Ex-congressman Weiner mulling N.Y. mayoral campaign


(JTA) — Former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner reportedly is "seriously considering" running for mayor of New York.

Sources told the New York Post that Weiner is "desperate" to get back into politics and also would consider a lesser statewide office, such as public advocate.

He reportedly has $4.5 million in a campaign fund from previous mayoral runs and would qualify for matching funds on the money only through the 2013 election.

Weiner reportedly has spoken to former staff members about working for him again, according to the Post, and continues to pay rent on a campaign office in Manhattan.

The veteran Democratic lawmaker resigned from Congress in June 2011 after lying about tweeting an illicit photo of himself to a 21-year-old supporter. Since then he has been a stay-at-home father.

His return to politics reportedly has the backing of his wife, Huma Abedin, a senior aide to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the Post. 

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