Anthony Weiner: No plans to run for NYC mayor
Former congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned in disgrace last year, said he has no plans at this time to run for mayor of New York City.
"I can't say absolutely that I will never run for public office again, but I'm very happy in my present life. I'm not doing anything to plan a campaign," Weiner told People magazine. The story is in the issue that goes on sale Friday.
It was a little more than year ago that the Democrat stepped down from the U.S. House seat he had held since 1999. Weiner admitted to sending sexually explicit messages and photos of himself to women via the Internet and Facebook.
The New York Times reported this week that Weiner "wants to return to politics," according to friends and former staff members. He had been eyeing a run for New York mayor in 2013, when Michael Bloomberg leaves office, before the sexting scandal broke.
When The Wall Street Journal asked him whether he was thinking of running for mayor, Weiner responded with a variation of the Bryce Harper line: "It's a clown story, bro."
In the People interview, Weiner said he has "enormous regrets" about what he put his wife, Huma Abedin, and his constituents through last year. But he said he his focused on his now 6-month-old son, Jordan.
Abedin, who is deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, told the magazine that she's "proud" to be married to Weiner.
"My husband did a really stupid thing. It was an extremely painful time," Abedin said. "But there was love and a commitment to this marriage ... It took a lot of work to get where we are today, but I want people to know we're a normal family."