Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) has moved one step closer to a possible return to politics.
Politico reported Tuesday that Weiner has hired Danny Kedem as a campaign manager for his possible New York City mayoral bid. Kedem recently ran a local congressional campaign in New York and sources told the site that Weiner is likely to make an announcement next week.
Speculation surrounding a possible Weiner run heated up in mid-April, when the disgraced Congressman candidly told the New York Times Magazine where his political future stands.
"I’m trying to gauge not only what’s right and what feels comfortable right this second, but I’m also thinking, How will I feel in a year or two years or five years?," he said. "Is this the time that I should be doing it? And then there’s the other side of the coin, which is . . . am I still the same person who I thought would make a good mayor?”
Weiner's hire comes about a month after he released a 21-page booklet outlining proposals for all of New York City's five boroughs. Nearly two years after resigning from Congress over pressure stemming from a lewd photo sent out on Twitter, he launched a new handle on Twitter this April as well.
While no formal announcement has been made, Weiner already has the support of one former colleague in Congress. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told Current TV in mid-April that "nobody here is perfect," stressing that Weiner deserved a second chance.
"He’s dealt with his issues, and everybody has issues," Ellison said. "So I’d love to see Anthony Weiner be mayor of New York. I hereby endorse him."