Speculation about Anthony Weiner formally entering the mayoral race increased on the web during the past week, especially as camera crews on Thursday caught the former Brooklyn-Queens congressman making what appeared to be a campaign video on the stoop outside his childhood home in Brooklyn.
Politico and Capital New York both remarked on the presence of high-powered campaign consultant Jim Margolis during the shooting. However, according to both blogs, Margolis and his political consulting firm, GMMB, would not be joining the campaign. Margolis, it was reported, was just there to help Weiner as a friend.
Weiner himself told The Daily News, in an impromptu interview on Wednesday, that he would decide soon about the race. To a group of photographers who were following him, he said, mysteriously, “Live by the sword, die by the sword.”
Crain’s New York Business also reported that Morton Avigdor, the former head of Jewish outreach for Weiner, had been in talks with Weiner about his expected mayoral campaign. Avigdor said on Friday, however, that it was not official, and he had no news about the campaign kicking off next week.
Asked if the campaign was set to kick off next week, Avigdor said he did not believe so.
Weiner, a graduate of Brooklyn Tech, served in various political posts for most of his adult life until he was resigned from Congress in the wake of a “sexting” scandal in 2011. He unsuccessfully sought the Democratic mayoral nomination in 2005 and stuck his toe in the mayoral waters in 2009, only to withdraw when Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his intent to seek a third term.