A report in the New York Post says family and friends believe the onetime congressman, who resigned in disgrace last year following a Twitter scandal, wants to run again for office.
Weiner is considering a bid for New York City public advocate or mayor in 2013, according to the report. A source told that paper Weiner had spoken to former staffers about returning to work for him if he returned to elected office.
“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 quoted by the paper.
Despite the scandal that forced him from office, Weiner could be a formidable candidate. He still has an approximately $4.5 million campaign war chest.
Last month, though, Weiner denied that he was planning a political comeback. Appearing on a radio program to discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding President Obama’s healthcare law, Weiner said he was “just going on my favorite radio show and talking about a subject that’s very dear to me.”
He again expressed regrets over the scandal.
“I still have regrets,” Weiner said. “I paid a very high price, but I’m still committed to the same things I was. I have a 6-month-old that I have to go and feed now, so I have to say my life is filled with great joy, but as I said when I resigned, I feel great regret for the people I let down."
The seven-term lawmaker resigned last year after admitting that he had sent revealing photographs and messages to women on Twitter.