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NY Post: Anthony Weiner mulling run for Big Apple mayor

By Doug Powers  •  July 15, 2012 08:09 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Manna from blog-writing heaven if it does happen — but I’m not getting my hopes up.

The New York Post dusted off a couple of sophomoric puns from over a year ago for use in this story, which was nice of them because now I don’t have to think of any:

Anthony Weiner’s not shrinking from elected office.

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, multiple sources told The Post.

The cocky pol is also open to the post of public advocate as a backup plan, said sources, who described the Queens Democrat as “desperate” to get back into politics.

Weiner, 47, has even spoken to former staffers about going back to work for him, according to another source.

And he wants to run soon because the public match on his campaign funds are due to expire after the 2013 election.

“I’ve heard he is seriously thinking about getting into a citywide race in 2013 and would like it to be mayor,” said a source with ties to Weiner. “In his mind, he’s trying to figure out how to run for mayor.”

He’s reached out to politicos to “talk about the landscape,” said a former staffer.

The buzz in political circles is that the sext-happy Weiner has a better shot at public advocate — a $165,000-a-year job viewed as a “cleansing” post where he could put his character issues further behind him as he prepped for a 2017 mayoral run.

Is there a chance we could be treated to the ultimate in political dysfunction: An Alec Baldwin vs. Anthony Weiner mayoral primary?

Weiner had an eye on the mayor’s office in 2013 even before his sext Tweet mocked ’round the world. He also ran for mayor in 2005, but considering voter sentiment during the Bloomberg reign Weiner picked the wrong decade for the slogan “Super Big Gulps are a Human Right.”

I think it’s more likely that Weiner will lay low and run for Charles Rangel’s House seat after Chuck retires in 2028.

Update: Another prediction via Twitter… this one sounds like a real possibility:

(h/t Atlantic Wire)

**Written by Doug Powers

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