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Lupica Calls for Weiner in Mayoral Race

Columnist says former Forest Hills congressman deserves another shot.

Next year's mayoral race is already shaping up to be a three-ring circus with a crop of citywide hopefuls vying for the ringleader with the most brass.

At least one New Yorker, Daily News columnist Mike Lupica, thinks another former pol should join the upcoming fracas: former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Lupca wrote a column Sunday practically begging the disgraced former congressman to get out of the political "penalty box," writing up a litany of flaws about the presumed contenders, including City Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, D-Manhattan.

The sports columnist and sometimes political pundit argued that Weiner's downfall — sending lewd photos of himself to young women via social networks — was no worse than anything Bill Clinton did while President of the United States, and Clinton got to keep his job.

Things have changed a lot for Weiner since his resignation. He became a father and moved from Forest Hills to Manhattan. Some close to the former congressman have said he has been quietly reaching out to old staffers in preparation for a run for office, but it was unclear which seat he was eyeing.

Do you believe Weiner should get another shot? Post your comments in the section provided below.

max December 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM
His inability to tell the truth and to blame others should disqualify him from seeking office. His is nothing more than an egocentric jerk!
Harriet Brown March 03, 2013 at 09:39 PM
I would love to see him as mayor. I would support him for any office that he would run for. What they did to him was terrible. Only his constituents have the right to vote him out of office. The political higher-ups don't.

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