Weiner Officially Jumps Into NYC Mayoral Race

Says 'I hope I get a 2nd chance to work for you,' admits mistakes

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 22, 2013 2:36 AM CDT | Updated May 22, 2013 5:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – Anthony Weiner—possibly inspired by Mark Sanford's shocking comeback—has made it official: He's running for mayor of America's biggest city. The former congressman launched his run for New York City mayor with a video posted on YouTube at midnight, in which he says, "I made some big mistakes and I know I let a lot of people down, but I have also learned some tough lessons," the New York Daily News reports.

"I am running for mayor because I have been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it my entire life, and I hope I get a second chance to work for you," the Democrat says. Weiner, who stepped down amid the sexting scandal that made him a national laughingstock, enters a crowded race. Polls show him behind City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, but he still has $4.3 million in campaign funds from before his political career imploded, USA Today reports.

Then-Rep. Anthony Weiner speaks during a 2011 news conference in New York City.
Then-Rep. Anthony Weiner speaks during a 2011 news conference in New York City.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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