A disgraced former congressman could be making a return to politics if his allies have any say in the matter as their encouragement of the convicted sex offender could bring the Big Apple Mayor “Carlos Danger.”
In 2017, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting a minor, actions that also led to his mandatory registration as a sex offender. The scandal that included his sending explicit images to other women under the alias “Carlos Danger” had ultimately derailed his second run at becoming mayor of New York City, but now some friends are talking up a redemption story.
Speaking with the New York Post, Curtis Sliwa, the Guardian Angels founder who cohosts 77 WABC’s “The Left Vs. The Right” with Weiner, explained that he isn’t alone in pushing his radio partner to step back into politics.
“He has been encouraged to run for office by me and others…When politics is in your blood as it is in his, I don’t think you ever rule it out,” he suggested.
“To be the moderate Democrat, to be what this city needs now to take it back from AOC,” Sliwa said, continuing to voice his concern over progressive lawmaker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). “He knows the moderate path to save the city.”
Himself the runner-up to now-Mayor Eric Adams in the 2021 race as the Republican candidate, Sliwa addressed Weiner’s sex scandal and said, “There’s always going to be misgivings lingering. That will never go away. He has to constantly speak out on the subject of his problems and how you can make amends for that. You can become an example. That’s the only way.”
Last year, Weiner had been pressed to address a relationship of his ex-wife Huma Abedin, who had split with the former congressman over his scandal, with actor Bradley Cooper, and he admitted that the Hillary Clinton confidant was “still my best friend.”
The former couple was spotted at the annual Inner Circle charity event together on April 22, only bolstering rumors that Weiner might be planning future moves.
Meanwhile, another one-time NYC mayoral hopeful, 77 WABC owner and GOP donor John Catsimatidis also voiced his ongoing support for Weiner, “He’s a friend. So I always support friends.”
The billionaire had been in the mix in 2013 when Weiner had lost the primary to Bill de Blasio, something Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf said triggered a downturn for New York.
“It’s likely we wouldn’t have the financial crisis we are starting to experience. It is likely we would have a more robust infrastructure protection program. We would likely not have the crime wave we have,” Sheinkopf argued. “De Blasio was a weasel and Anthony Weiner would have been a mayor.”
Weiner has also contended that he would have won the 2013 race if not for the scandal and it remains to be seen if he will make any moves going forward to take on incumbent Adams.
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