Anthony Weiner set to enter mayoral race

Posted at 11:20 AM, May 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-16 11:20:20-04

MANHATTAN (PIX 11) – From racy photos to the race for City Hall, Anthony Weiner appears ready to enter the battle to try and take the helm at City Hall. He reportedly has all the pieces in place to formally announce his candidacy sometime next week.

The speculation became less speculative when it was revealed that Weiner has hired Daniel Kedem as his campaign manager. Kedem ran last year’s unsuccessful congressional campaign for Staten Island Democrat Mark Murphy.

Less than two years after a sexting scandal in which Weiner sent racy pictures of himself to women on the internet, forcing him to resign from Congress–the 48-year-old politician is remorseful, and hopeful the voters will give him a second chance.

Weiner would be entering an already crowded field of Democratic Mayoral candidates.  A Marist poll last month showed him running second behind City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Political Consultant Joe Wiscovich tells PIX 11 News that Weiner’s entry in the race could be detrimental to the other candidates because he is likely to draw the Jewish vote.  He said Jewish voters
have a large turnout in primaries. Weiner could end up at least forcing a run-off in the September primaries.

In a random survey of voters near City Hall, PIX11 found mixed reaction to a Weiner candidacy, with an equal number willing to give him another chance as those saying they could not trust him after his disgraceful actions.