Sexting ex-congressman eyes New York mayor job

NEW YORK (AFP) - Mr Anthony Weiner, the former US congressman forced to resign after tweeting lewd photos of himself to women, said on Wednesday that he's considering a political comeback with a run for mayor in New York.

Mr Weiner was once seen as a frontrunner to replace billionaire Michael Bloomberg in November elections to the Big Apple's City Hall.

However, the Democrat's hard-charging political career in the US House of Representatives imploded in 2011 with the X-rated Twitter scandal.

Now he tells The New York Times he could get back into politics and that he has commissioned a poll to know if New Yorkers would give him another chance.

"I don't have this burning, overriding desire to go out and run for office," he said. "But I do recognise, to some degree, it's now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something."

"Am I still the same person who I thought would make a good mayor?" he asked.

Mr Weiner - who is married to Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's top aide during her time as secretary of state - initially claimed his Twitter account had been hacked and he had not sent the pictures, including one of his erection inside his underwear.

He finally admitted the truth and also said that for several years he'd been in racy exchanges via text message and Twitter with women that he never met.

The already crowded field in the New York mayoral race is led by current City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, according to polls. The Democrat would be the city's first female mayor.

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