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On Wednesday, disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, DN.Y., released the first episode of “Keys to the City with Anthony Weiner,” a new podcast discussing issues in New York City.
The episode mainly focused on the topic of stop and frisk and the effects it could have on the rising crime rate in New York City. However, once Weiner spoke with his first guest, activist Charlie King, the subject quickly turned to Weiner’s political aspirations.
“We have to address the elephant in the room which is, you know, I believe these things came from your last mayoral bid. The question is, do you intend to run again for the mayoralty? town hall and against Eric Adams?” asked the king.
“I was not prepared for this curve. No, I have no intention of doing it. I think my career in public service, I try to serve in other ways with my podcast, being on the radio “, Weiner said.
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Weiner originally ran for mayor of New York in 2013. However, he lost the primary after admitting to texting other women.
“Have you ever seen yourself as mayor? Are you interested in introducing yourself? King repeated.
“Look, I’ve said many times before that the only job I really want in life besides being in Congress is mayor. I have a lot of ideas. I love my city. I still love it. I still believe in the things that I’ve done. But I think, practically speaking, given the issues I’ve had, given the remarkable success I’ve had on radio and podcasting, I think the Fate led me in another direction. But I’m still interested in issues,” Weiner said.
He later admitted, “If called into service, I always look for ways to do it.”
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Weiner previously resigned from his congressional position in 2010 after accidentally tweeting a sexually explicit photo of himself in his underwear. Although he claimed his account was hacked, Weiner later admitted that he sent the photo by mistake.
In 2016, a 15-year-old girl told the Daily Mail that the former congressman had sent her sexually explicit messages, leading to a federal investigation that brought back emails from then-candidate Hillary Clinton. in the presidency, in the spotlight. Weiner then pleaded guilty in 2017 to charges related to texting the teenager and was sentenced to 21 months in prison.
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Since his multiple scandals, Weiner has tried several times to get back into the spotlight. In February, he announced plans to appear on a radio show with Guardian Angels founder and former Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa.
In June, he also announced a return to Twitter with a poll asking for “tips for getting back on Twitter.” More than 62% of respondents voted “Don’t do it.”