Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) says he is weighing a political comeback and considering a bid for New York City mayor.

Weiner resigned from office in 2011 after news surfaced that he had texted explicit photos of himself to women, and has generally kept a low profile since then.


But in an interview with The New York Times Magazine published on Wednesday, Weiner said he was open to re-entering public life, but insisted that it was not a “burning, overriding desire.”

“It’s not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time. But I do recognize, to some degree, it’s now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something,” said Weiner. 

“I’m trying to gauge not only what’s right and what feels comfortable right this second, but I’m also thinking, how will I feel in a year or two years or five years? Is this the time that I should be doing it? And then there’s the other side of the coin, which is . . . am I still the same person who I thought would make a good mayor?” he added.

Weiner has been the focus of speculation over a potential mayoral bid when Bloomberg leaves office.  Campaign filings in March showed that Weiner spent close to $100,000 on polling and research. Reports at the time said Weiner also had $4.3 million in campaign funds.

In the interview, Weiner acknowledged that he would be “the underdog” in any race he contested, but said he wanted to ask voters to give him a “second chance.”

“I do want to have that conversation with people whom I let down and with people who put their faith in me and who wanted to support me,” said Weiner. “I think to some degree I do want to say to them, ‘Give me another chance.’”

In the interview, Weiner did not provide a timeline for his decision about running for office. 

Last year, the former congressman and his wife appeared in a People magazine article and he did a round of New York state interviews about the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Obama’s healthcare reform law.

Weiner, who had not tweeted since the scandal over a lewd photo posted to his Twitter feed, returned to social media in November, tweeting a link to a documentary about recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy, which battered his former district.