Former Rep. Anthony Weiner is apparently close to making his run for New York City mayor official.
According to WNBC-TV, the former congressman was spotted filming what appeared to be a campaign ad on the front steps of his childhood home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on Thursday. Weiner was joined by his wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
According to NBC, the entourage quickly packed up and left when reporters approached, and Weiner did not respond to a request for comment.
The apparent ad comes amid speculation that Weiner could announce his bid for mayor as soon as next week. The ex-lawmaker was forced out of Congress nearly two years ago when he was busted sexting with women who were not his wife.
Last month, Weiner kicked off a very public amends tour, giving an interview to The New York Times magazine in which he asked the public for a “second chance” and called the upcoming mayoral race a case of “now or maybe never for me.”
In recent weeks, one former staffer told Yahoo News, Weiner has reached out to several former aides asking them to consider working for his mayoral campaign. But most have declined, the ex-aide said, partly because they aren’t convinced Weiner is up to speed policy-wise in order to compete in what is expected to be an intense race to replace outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Earlier this week, Politico reported that Weiner had hired Danny Kedem, a little-known Democratic operative, to helm his mayoral bid. The New York Times reported his former strategists had declined to work for him.