By Sheldon Alberts - 05/22/13 10:34 AM EDT
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who resigned from Congress in disgrace two years ago after sending lewd tweets to young women, is running for mayor of New York City.
“Look, I made some big mistakes, and I know I let a lot of people down,” Weiner says in the video. “But I’ve also learned some tough lessons.”
Weiner’s announcement has been expected for weeks. He reemerged into the public spotlight earlier this spring by giving an apologetic, confessional interview with the New York Times Magazine. Last week, he was spotted shooting a campaign-style video at his childhood home in Brooklyn.
Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, appears in his new campaign video, attesting to her husband’s character. The couple is seen at their
"We love this city, and no one will work harder to make it better than Anthony,” said Abedin, a former aide to Hillary Clinton.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed Weiner with 15 percent support in the mayor's race. Frontrunner Christine Quinn, speaker of the city council, led the poll with 25 percent support.
Weiner’s promising congressional career hit the skids in 2011 after using his Twitter account to send racy photos and messages to women. He initially claimed his account had been hacked and said the photos were not of him.
Subsequently, he admitted to having "exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years" and resigned from office.
Last month, he suggested more photos may someday emerge.
“If reporters want to go try to find more, I can’t say that they’re not going to be able to find another picture, or find another — you know, person who may want to come out on their own, but I’m not going to contribute to that," Weiner told RNN-TV.
He has been quietly planning his comeback for months. In March, campaign filings showed he spent roughly $100,000 on polling and research.
"I'm running for mayor because I've been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it my entire life,” he says in the video. “And I hope I get a second chance."
His opponents for mayor offered little praise for Weiner upon his entry into the race.
"I'm the only one who served with Anthony Weiner. I was on the City Council with him. And he's just another career politician that's, basically, got some additional quirks," said Sal Albanese, a former city councillor, according to NY1.
“I don’t care who enters the race. Why should I talk about anyone but myself?” Quinn said, according to The New York Times.
Updated at 12:30 p.m.