NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was a stunning development Wednesday in the race for City Hall.
Anthony Weiner has yet to decide whether to run for mayor, but just the possibility of a run has put the former congressman in the second spot in the Democratic field, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.READ MORE: Ohio Man With Semi-Automatic Rifle Taken Into Custody At Times Square Subway Station
Mayoral race frontrunner Christine Quinn was bombarded Wednesday with questions about the so-called second coming of Weiner; whether the man who was forced to resign his House seat because of lewd online behavior should, could and would enter the race for City Hall.
“I think whatever is the next step for him is up to him and I’m very focused on my race, my candidacy,” Council Speaker Quinn told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.
The questions were coming because a new poll vaulted Weiner up the ladder in the crowded Democratic field.
“He’s getting more numbers right now than two city-wide office holders and someone who just lost narrowly for mayor,” said Marist Institute for Public Opinion pollster Lee Miringoff.
Reacting to the poll, Weiner said he was “humbled and honored” that New Yorkers are willing to give him a second chance.
Miringoff’s poll has Quinn at 26 percent, Weiner at 15 percent, Comptroller John Liu at 12 percent, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at 11 percent, followed by 2009 mayoral runner-up Bill Thompson and Sal Albanese.
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And 45 percent of registered Democrats have a favorable impression of him, while 41 percent view him unfavorably, a reversal from a similar poll in February that found more unfavorable than favorable views.