Open Phones: The Return of Anthony Weiner?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Anthony Weiner (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

In an interview on this show last week, former Congressman Anthony Weiner said he wasn't planning any sort of return to politics. But the New York Post and New York Times have now reported on the roughly $4.5million Weiner has in the bank for a possible political candidacy.

Are you ready for an Anthony Weiner political comeback? Would you vote for him for Mayor in 2013, or would Public Advocate be a better fit? Let us know!

Comments [68]

Roslyn from Stuyvesant Town, Manhattan, NY

I certainly would vote for Anthony Weiner. His past behavior was immature and lacked judgement, but his overall job skills and commitment for people like me pass the test. He's a fighter and fights for the things that mean something for the 99%.

Jul. 16 2012 04:30 PM

I'm from NYC and I'd gladly vote for him for mayor.

Jul. 16 2012 01:41 PM
Harvey from Queens

I would vote for Anthony Weiner. I have attended meetings where the Congressman gave his views on social subjects as well as keeping the community informed on his advocacy on their behalf. I believe he would be no less involved in running the city or any position he would take. As to his personal difficulties I think he is smart enough to get help and has tamed his problems. Other politicans have come back Example Newt who sought the presidency.

Jul. 16 2012 01:04 PM
lin from NYC

I am afraid that I no longer trust him. I would never vote for him.

Jul. 16 2012 12:07 PM
Romanie Baines from New York City

It's not that what he did was so very "sinful," it's that it was so stupid! That's reason enough not to vote for him for any public office. People in public office make decisions that affect us all. His judgement has been revealed to be dreadful!

Jul. 16 2012 11:51 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Weiner should not have resigned for "sexting" but, him lying to our face, when he didn't have to, was very disappointing.

Jul. 16 2012 11:11 AM

@Laura from Merrick:

I agree that elected officials should be truthful and have integrity... but we haven't seen honesty and integrity in politics in decades. All politicians lie, especially the ones that are currently in office.

Jul. 16 2012 10:46 AM
Mike from Brooklyn from Precinct in the bronx

I think inappropriate behaviors, like affairs, are rampant among our public servants - and not just elected officials. I can name a handful of police officers, captains, lieutenants - cheating on their spouses with subordinates while sitting literally across the hall from the Commish. If that's socially acceptable behavior, why hold the Congressman to a different standard? He didn't even take it all the way, to our knowledge.

Jul. 16 2012 10:44 AM
Susan from Upper West Side

Really, I am female. I think on a personal level he is the type of nerd I would never have dated because who would think tidy whities were sexy -- let alone gray undies. Seriously.

In the bigger picture, there are many men and women who have behaved far worse in their relationships -- ie. Edwards and Gingrich.

Yes, he lied like Clinton did -- which was far more stupid than thinking someone would be impressed with the bulge in his ugly gray shorts.

What I miss is that Weiner was really going after the health insurance industry which royally pissed me off. I wouldn't care if he was plastered all over the internet with full frontal nudity if he brought the health insurance industry under control.

Jul. 16 2012 10:44 AM

I support Mr. Weiner definitely. Most of men cheats. For Mr. Weiner, he didn't cheat. Showing his penis on a webcam is embarrassing but most guys dose. What important is that Mr. Weiner speaks for us or not!

Jul. 16 2012 10:43 AM

Wiener has proved he's got what women and gays REALLY want!

Jul. 16 2012 10:43 AM
Amy Gurowitz from Montclair, NJ

I'm a card carrying feminist and I don't care what any politician does in bed (or on his cell) .. I didn't care what Clinton did. It's an unfortunate side effect of having that much power. I think we should concentrate on what they do in the positions we elected them to.

Jul. 16 2012 10:43 AM
Dennis Maher from Lake Luzerne

So, he's human? And he is one of the most articulate spokesperson for progressive thought. I was thrilled to hear his voice and brain again when you interviewed him a week or so ago.

Jul. 16 2012 10:43 AM

If it was someone else, the fact that he lied to cover his bad behavior would prevent me from supporting him for office again. But because of Weiner's amazing intelligence, command of language and pure guts (demonstrated repeatedly on the floor of Congress - see YouTube) on behalf of progressive causes, and willingness to call out the Repubs on their b.s., I'd give him a pass and vote for him for anything. We all make mistakes and frankly I don't care about his sex life.

Jul. 16 2012 10:43 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Weiner should continue to be an effective advocate -- outside of public office.

Jul. 16 2012 10:43 AM
dba from nyc

I am a woman, and would vote for him without a problem. He is the only democrat who has the testicular fortitude to call it like it is against the republicans and make the case for the liberal cause. We're too easily "offended". He has done nothing new, and which happens every day but we may not be aware.

Jul. 16 2012 10:42 AM

He should run on the platform "Women for Wiener! He's got what it takes :) "

Jul. 16 2012 10:41 AM
Adrienne from Manhattan

Yes, he should return to public office and if he can swing it I would vote for him for mayor. What he did was disgusting but it's an issue between he and his wife.

He's smart and strong and progressive, we need him!

Jul. 16 2012 10:41 AM
Mike In Brklyn from Clinton Hill

The Kennnedy's got away with it in the past because there was no Twitter and Facebook and 24hr cable TV.

Jul. 16 2012 10:41 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

leo from queens - good points, all, particularly the one about quinn. who can stomach the idea of her as mayor?

Jul. 16 2012 10:40 AM
Kate from Wash Heights

One woman for Weiner!

These other guys look good, but chances are pretty high that they have stuff in their closet. Wiener's is out of the closet now. Go for it, Wienie!

Who wouldn't vote again for Bill Clinton? And what he did was just as bad. They're men. If this had been pedophilia it would be different.

Private virtue and public virtue usually don't go together.

Jul. 16 2012 10:40 AM
Lisa from Forest Hills, NY

I am a 100% female and would vote for Anthony Weiner. This stuff is ridiculous. It has NOTHING to do with what he does politically. The media is far too invasive currently.

Jul. 16 2012 10:40 AM
mick from NYC

Only women who have never turned down a sensitive, feminist man in order to go with a wealthy, high status man can talk!!!!

Jul. 16 2012 10:39 AM
Benjy from NYC

Every man uses the internet for the same thing that he used it for..

I don't understand why he resigned in the first place

Jul. 16 2012 10:39 AM

I say all Democrats running for office should publicly "whip it out" to increase the political passions of the gay and feminist base of the Party.

Jul. 16 2012 10:39 AM

I am woman, hear me ROAR: We need Anthony Weiner! I'd welcome him back. He should start with Public Advocate.

Jul. 16 2012 10:39 AM
Rachel from Manhattan

I think Anthony Weiner should run for Public Advocate. Someone who has been publicly flogged for his misdeeds is less likely to do them again.
He is smart and would be an asset in public life.

Jul. 16 2012 10:39 AM
Laura from Merrick

I think this a matter of lack of integrity. We need to trust that our elected officials are making good decisions and being honest with the public. How can we trust a liar?

Jul. 16 2012 10:39 AM

Has anything changed since he resigned?

He ought to use his talents and passion to do good in non-elective sectors. Start a foundation. Look at what former presidents and philanthropic CEOs have done---he can do more good if he doesn't hold elective office.

Jul. 16 2012 10:39 AM

brian do u think most men DON'T do this? LOL

Jul. 16 2012 10:38 AM
MrD from NYC

As much as I want anyone but Christine Quin, Weiner is a non-starter. The way he handled the scandal was worse than the "crime." I'd rather have Eliot Spitzer come back to politics. At least he seems to have gained humility since his fall.

Jul. 16 2012 10:38 AM
Cynthia from NYC

Have we forgotten Mr Gulliani who was having an active affair while in office with his wife and children in Gracie Mansion? I think he needs some more time away so that there is some distance, spend some more time repairing the home front - agreed low profile for now.

Yes we have enough good candidates running right now. Bad timing.

Jul. 16 2012 10:38 AM
Jeff Pappas from Dumbo

Funny how the the far right who mostly are Christians have absolute Hypocrisy when it comes to forgivness. A public office and private marital matters / indiscrestions are like grouping Apples and Atomic particles.
Cant we just look at the Good qualities of a person in public office who actually gets things done !

Jul. 16 2012 10:38 AM

Did the last caller seriously think the current crop of Democratic candidates are "wonderful people"??? ROFLMAO!!! You've gotta be kidding me.

Jul. 16 2012 10:38 AM

I would never vote for Weiner for any City position. The Mayor's Office should be reserved for the best of us New Yorkers. If Weiner is the best that we have, then it's time for a new generation of politicians.

Jul. 16 2012 10:38 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

why not allow him to go ahead and run, war chest or not. aside from this social indiscretion, he served his constituency well, and was a voice for new york that was out in front on crucial issues.

while serving is a privilege, it can also serve as way of atoning. i didn't think he should have bowed out--whatever advice he took was done in haste. but perhaps a mayoral run is a bit of an initial jump; better to prove oneself in a more grounded role.

i felt the same way about spitzer. his personal business is his and his family's to manage. the dems need, more than ever, to grow a pair and support talent. look what happened to that seat, after all.

Jul. 16 2012 10:38 AM
Christina from UWS from Upper West Side

I'm curious on the gender split - listening on the radio, it seems that more women are saying no, and more men are saying yes.

I think he should run. Bill Clinton had his scandal and he was re-elected.

Jul. 16 2012 10:38 AM

Re: gender: I'm a woman.

Jul. 16 2012 10:38 AM
joe from nearby

So if your callers don't want Anthony to make a comeback, then how to they feel about Senator David Bruce Vitter from Louisiana............who won reelection AFTER he was exposed as a client of a prostitution service??

One set of rules for Anthony.....but another set for Vitter? Wth?!

Jul. 16 2012 10:38 AM
Lenore from Upper West Side

Oh please, doesn't he have anything else to do with his life? He is a jerk, was a jerk, and should work on his issues and do something constructive in his life without asking for public and political approval, which seems to be a problem for him.

And btw, *I* have never tweeted a picture of my penis (or equivalent parts) to anyone.

Is there a gender split here?

Jul. 16 2012 10:37 AM
Mike In Brklyn from Clinton Hill

Yes! Wiener did the same thing many people do when trying to protect their interest. He hoped a little white lie would make an embarrassing situation go away.

American are willing to vote in pols that will destroy the environment and sell off their civil liberties, but will overpass talent civil servants because of a small transgression.

Wiener is a talented pol that has something to offer and its time people move on this texting nonsense.

Jul. 16 2012 10:37 AM

I have question; is it possible that he is running so that he can launder his campaign war chest. For example using the money for "consultants" and getting kick backs. I know that he was having financial concerns. 4 Million would go a long way to solving this.

Jul. 16 2012 10:36 AM

I'm with Dwight. If you can't get past this personal scandal to support a fighter for our collective future, get your priorities straight!

Jul. 16 2012 10:36 AM
Yes yes yes from nyc

I loved the passion he brought to equality and civil rights. He had a PRIVATE affair (not even, he sexted) and it's no one's business.
Yes, RUN!

Jul. 16 2012 10:35 AM
fuva from harlemworld

So, wait, Dems should sanction Weiner's behavior because Repubs sanctioned Limbaugh's. Dems should mimic Repubs (and I'm not either, by the way)? What's with the race to the gutter bottom?

Jul. 16 2012 10:34 AM

If he was sending messages online to people, what else was he not doing? I can only imagine if he had gone forward and had become like one of those politicians that thrive on sexual hidden relationships that hurt not only their families, but all those who believe in them. No thanks!

Jul. 16 2012 10:34 AM

Wiener should run for public penis measurement administrator, in charge of measuring the penises of all public employees, to check who is best equipped to ream the public.

Jul. 16 2012 10:34 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

I wouldn't vote for him for ANYTHING. What's he been doing since he resigned? Does he have a job? Or is the only thing he can do is run for public office?

Jul. 16 2012 10:34 AM
Evan S. Cowit from New York, NY

I don't care about Anthony Weiner's sex life. However, there was something Clinton-esque about the way he handled everything, as CG pointed out. If he had shown contrition - "it's my private life, but it was stupid and I apologize to my wife for dragging her through it and to my constituents for embarrassing the district," I might forget about it. But he was so unwilling to acknowledge it that I can't vote for him.

Jul. 16 2012 10:32 AM

I can’t support him. when he quit the way he did, he left everyone with the impression there is something wrong with sexting.
He's a hypocrite

Jul. 16 2012 10:32 AM
mike from Manhattan

I don't think he should run at all. The problem with Anthony Weiner is that he is a talker not a doer. The entire purpose that he served in Congress was to vocally advocate for the left. He didn't sponsor lots of bills, he wasn't a deal maker; he wasn't a workhorse. So when your whole job is to be a figure and a voice on tv, your reputation is the only thing you have, and there's nothing to fall back on.

Jul. 16 2012 10:32 AM
Antonio from baySide

Weiner had fire, gumption, and wasn't a hack when articulating issues...
Just YOUTUBE his speech on healthcare in congress..very johnny storm!

Jul. 16 2012 10:31 AM
kay from brooklyn

Yep, in a heart beat.

Jul. 16 2012 10:30 AM
Laura from Manhattan

I wouldn't vote for Weiner--not because of the scandal, but because of his shortsighted position on bike lanes. We need to have better bike infrastructure in this city, not destroy what has already been put in place.

Jul. 16 2012 10:30 AM
carolita from NYC

Like we need MORE testosterone-drunk middle aged dudes in office? To the point where we'd take back one who disgraced himself with literally his pants down? No, thanks! Goodnesss gracious. Let's aim higher, yes?

Jul. 16 2012 10:30 AM
fuva from harlemworld

The current crisis in American politics is mostly driven by politicians' unaccountability and condescension to the citizenry. There were once great prospects for Weiner. But -- after behaving incredibly recklessly -- he bold-faced lied to us. We simply cannot sanction that -- if this democracy is to function. But it's a shame.

Jul. 16 2012 10:29 AM
John from Harlem

Let he who has not tweeted a picture of his penis cast the first stone. Oh, that many... never mind.

Jul. 16 2012 10:29 AM
ilko from Hudson Heights

Walk before you run. He's better off starting as running for public advocate. He's still young and healthy (as shown by his relatively recent photos, haha) and the mayoral office will be there for him down the line.

Jul. 16 2012 10:29 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Spitzer, eat yer heart out.

Jul. 16 2012 10:28 AM
C.G. from Manhattan

I wouldn't consider supporting Anthony Weiner's candidacy for dog catcher. He appears to be a liar ("My twitter account was hacked!"); he is selfish ("I am not going to resign"); and, although I don't care about his personal life, he seemed to use his position to cultivate sexually charged relationships with women. Shouldn't his break from politics be long enough that he can plausibly claim to have changed?

Jul. 16 2012 10:26 AM

No way will I vote for him.
He is a quitter
Neither he nor sarah palin should ever be elected to anything again.
Too many flaky people around who can’t keep their commitments. We shouldn’t encourage this

Jul. 16 2012 10:19 AM
Marianna from Brooklyn

Yes! I've missed him so. But, The title Mayor Weiner doesn't sit well with me. A less prominent post to start would be more appropriate.

Jul. 16 2012 10:17 AM
Frank from NYC

Anthony Weiner should return to elected office, and I believe he shouldn't have resigned in the first place. Who cares what he does in his private sex life! The only downside to having him as mayor is he wouldn't be in Washington where he was one of the few Democrats with the ability to effectively call out Republican hypocrites.

Jul. 16 2012 10:12 AM
Ben from Brooklyn

I think Weiner is a great politician but I have a queasy feeling about him.

Sadly, though, I feel much less queasy about Weiner than I do about Christine Quinn, his likely challenger. Weiner was unfaithful to his wife and a liar about his sexual proclivities.

Quinn, on the other hand, fully disregarded the popular vote of New Yorkers who asked for term limits three times, in elections. And she kept saying "okay, you can't possibly mean you actually want term limits, let's have a do over," etc.

So I take her transgressions much more seriously, since she seems to love power more than the popular will of the citizens of New York.

Jul. 16 2012 10:11 AM
David from Brooklyn

I think it's a shame that he behaved so recklessly that it derailed and overshadowed the great work he was doing, and I have no doubt he has learned his lesson and could resume doing that great work. But I worry that there aren't enough people who think the same way I do, and his campaign efforts would be wasted. But even if he can't win, maybe it's worth running anyway so that he can get his reemergence into public life over with, and then *next time* people won't just have one thing on their mind when he runs.

Jul. 16 2012 10:10 AM
Leo from queens

If Weiner has good ideas about how to reform ALL of NYC's government, including the NYPD and introducing the concept of democracy, accountability and transparency across all government agencies as well as ideas for diversifying the economy of the City I will vote for him.
Other than that than I'm for former comptroller Bill Thompson.

a mayor Christine Quinn would be a continuation of the repressive government and would be a horrible tragedy for the city.

Jul. 16 2012 10:04 AM
john from office

Why is WNYC being used as a sounding board for this??

Jul. 16 2012 10:01 AM
Robert Herman from Brooklyn

I hope Congressman Weiner returns to public service. I think he was a wonderful congressman who understood issues and was able to convey his thoughts with clarity. Many in government are fools and do this country a disservice with their inability to serve the public. I was unhappy to hear of his resignation and hope he is able to put the incident in the past. He has my vote.

Jul. 16 2012 09:38 AM

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