Former Representative Anthony Weiner says he is running for mayor of New York City.
He did it by running a surprisingly professional video on his campaign website.
“Look, I’ve made some big mistakes and I know I’ve let a lot of people down. But I’ve also learned some tough lessons. I’m running for mayor because I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it for my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you.”
His political career crashed after he was found sending nasty photos and messages to a lot of different women.
He has an uphill battle.
His challenge is greater than what Mark Sanford faced earlier this month.
Sanford, once it became clear that he had not been hiking the Appalachian Trail, pretty much fessed up to where he had really been and the truth about his girlfriend in Argentina.
Weiner refused to admit the crotch photos sent through his Twitter account were in fact his privates, even as his lying became more and more transparent.
And where Weiner was forced to resign, Sanford remained in office, surviving an effort to impeach him, paying the largest ethics fine in South Carolina history, and ultimately enjoying the most productive period of his governorship.
As a matter of fact, he left office in 2011 on something of a high note, with approval around 55 percent which made him more popular than half the nation’s governors.
Weiner also hasn’t done the “repentant tour” where you go on every TV and radio show you can to say how sorry you are.
He did a lengthy New York Times Magazine profile in April where he was sort of sorry and he was eyeing the mayor’s race.
That was it.
It may not be enough.
But then again, it’s a great video.
For some people that may be enough.