Mayor Weiner? He Spends $100K on Pollster

Money suggests ex-congressman is getting back into politics
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2013 6:06 AM CDT
In an 2009 file photo, then House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Anthony Weiner listens to testimony on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – Anthony Weiner isn't saying anything publicly, but his wallet suggests he's serious about getting back into politics soon. The former congressman spent more than $100,000 on consulting and polling this month, reports the New York Post, setting off all kinds of renewed speculation that he plans to run for either mayor or comptroller. Even with that spending, the Post estimates that he still has $4.3 million in campaign funds left over from his days in Congress.

"Nothing to report," Weiner tells DNAinfo via email. He might be right, at least in regard to this election cycle. While there's no denying that he shelled out the money to the pollster, thanks to campaign finance records, the Hill thinks it's unlikely he could mount a run for mayor at this late date without having done anything else. And Politico says the comptroller's race is all but wrapped up already. Weiner has kept a mostly low profile since resigning in 2011 over his dirty-photo texting scandal, though in an interview last summer, the stay-at-home dad shot down rumors of a mayoral run that were circulating even back then. (Read more Anthony Weiner stories.)

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