Former Rep. Anthony Weiner: ‘I Really Do Feel Like A Very, Very Different Person’
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner is making headlines again, this time by giving an interview to People Magazine.
The interview appeared in the July 30th issue, which is on the newsstands in New York City today. In it, he discusses disappointing his constituents and wife, Huma Abedin.
“I really do feel like a very, very different person,” Weiner told the magazine. “I have enormous regrets about what I put Huma through, how I let my constituents down. But it’s not like I sit all day replaying it in my mind. With a baby, it is pretty easy to put things into perspective.”
Abedin told the magazine their marriage is strong and the past is behind them.
“I’m proud to be married to him,” Abedin said.
“My husband did a really stupid thing. It was an extremely painful time,” Abedin said. “It took a lot of work to get where we are today, but I want people to know we’re a normal family.”
The interview appears just a few days after a report in the New York Post mentioned that Weiner might be eyeing a return to politics.
Weiner resigned in June of 2011 after admitting that he sent lewd pictures of himself to several women via Twitter. Weiner initially denied sending the pictures, saying his account had been hacked and called it a prank.
“Weinergate,” as it came to be known, even prompted a company to build an anatomically correct Anthony Weiner doll.
“No question but this is a trial balloon to see if the public will say ‘Anthony, lets get going,’ or ‘Anthony, stay home,'” political consultant Hank Sheinkopf told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer Monday. That comment was made before the People Magazine interview was published.
“I can’t say absolutely that I will never run for public office again, but I’m very happy in my present life,” Weiner told People Magazine. “I’m not doing anything to plan a campaign.”
Weiner has the cash to run for office. He raised some $4.5 million for a 2013 mayoral run before the scandal cost him his career.
“Hard to see him as a mayoral candidate,” Sheinkopf told Kramer. “Why? Too soon. Public advocate? More likely than mayor, but a borough president? That’s an easy one.”
For more from the People Magazine interview, click here.
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