An Anthony Weiner mayoral run could mix up the Democratic primary, a new poll found.
The former Queens congressmember, who resigned in disgrace after sending lewd pictures over Twitter, placed second in a recent NBC New York/Marist poll.
According to the results, 15 percent of voters would elect him as the Democratic mayoral candidate, behind front-runner City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 26 percent.
“Right now, a Weiner candidacy attracts double-digit support in the Democratic primary,” Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. “He makes it even more difficult for any of the Democratic contenders to reach the needed forty percent to avoid a run-off.”
Although Weiner has yet to announce his candidacy in the 2013 race, he flirted with the idea in a New York Times article published last week.
“It’s not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time,” he told the Times. “But I do recognize, to some degree, it’s now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something.”
Weiner was also interviewed by NY1 on Monday, where he again mentioned the idea of running for office, while apologizing for the actions that led to his resignation.
“I think I’ll be spending a lot of time, here on out, saying I’m sorry,” he said during the interview.
“If I run for mayor and if I become the mayor, I want people looking at me and saying, ‘You know what, you are in charge, you did this. You are accountable.’”
-BY ANTHONY O’REILLY
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