Just when you thought it was safe to go back on Twitter… Rumor has it that former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned from his position in 2011 after a scandal involving photos of his crotch and a hefty dose of lying, might be considering running for mayor of New York City in 2013.
The New York Post reported that numerous sources close to Weiner say he’s desperate to get back inside the political arena. With a reported $4.5 million of campaign funds and $1.5 of taxpayer-matched donations that are set to expire after the 2013 election, it’s time for Weiner to get up and get going.
While social networking abuse and dishonesty might be too much of a scandal for any politician to make a comeback from, here are five reasons why New York is a particularly bad place for Weiner to stage his political resurrection.
5) Columbia University, Barnard College, NYU, CUNY, Fordham University … you get the idea.
The 47-year-old crashed his career the first time around by tweeting photos of his crotch to a 21-year-old college student. Although he’s not some sort of sexual predator who needs to be kept away from anyone under the age of 30, in a city with almost 600,000 students attending roughly 110 colleges and universities there’s bound to be someone who catches his eye. Maybe he’d be better off in Scottsdale, Arizona, which has the oldest average population in America.
4) Billboard access.
Sure, the mayoral position doesn’t grant you control over what gets shown on billboards, but with 39 million people visiting annually, he’d be a little close to a little too much media power for comfort. Until he demonstrates the ability to not have private photos made public, let’s keep Weiner away from massive billboards.
3) Twitter has an NYC office.
Ok, that probably won’t affect his use of the social networking site, but does he really want to be so close to a reminder of his mistakes? Not to mention that current Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped Twitter open the office, so it’ll also be a reminder of what large shoes he has to fill.
2) Winters are harsh.
Why brave the New York winters when you could be in Beverly Hills, California, working for Larry Flynt? That’s right, the founder of Flynt Management Group LLC and publisher of Hustler magazine offered Weiner a job, including medical benefits, a 20% increase over his congressional salary, and even relocation costs!
1) He'll make new enemies.
The media are outraged that he’d be financing his campaign with taxpayer money. And everyone knows that the media run New York. Get out while you still can, kiddo.