May 22, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Weiner enters NYC mayoral race
Anthony Weiner, New York City, gay news, Washington Blade

Anthony Weiner (Photo by Thomas Good via Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK — Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D) this week officially announced plans to run for mayor of New York, according to a YouTube video he posted.

Weiner resigned from Congress after a scandal in which he Tweeted photos of himself in his underwear to a woman who was not his wife.

LGBT groups are closely monitoring the mayoral race, because Council Chair Christine Quinn, a lesbian, is favored to win the contest. A new Quinnipiac University Poll out this week shows Quinn leading Weiner with 25 percent support compared to his 15 percent.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

3 Comments
  • Peter Rosenstein

    Quinn will win this race and Weiner will not impact that. As the NY Times said when dissecting his announcement video it is mostly bluster and not any real accomplishments and New Yorkers will see right through him.

  • With all of the candidates being viewed as far less than inspiring and the race notable for the lack of enthusiasm for any of them, Weiner could in the end win merely for being considered competent for the daunting job. Plus New Yorkers like their mayors brash.

  • Richard Barber

    I think Weiner should hold out and run for the Democratic Senate. He would be great there and perhaps stir up some of those old men that just sent on their behinds and do nothing.

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