Bill de Blasio’s run for president couldn’t have happened without Anthony Weiner’s implosion

Anthony Weiner and Bill de Blasio in 2013

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio just announced he’s running for president.
Earlier this week, former Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York was released from a Bronx halfway house after serving a prison sentence for sexting an teenage girl.
In 2013, Weiner was the early frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York, but a second sexting scandal soon cratered his campaign.
De Blasio swooped in as the progressive alternative in the race and pulled off a stunning upset win.
Now in his second term, De Blasio might never have been elected mayor without Weiner’s implosion.
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It’s hard to believe nowadays, but Anthony Weiner stood a very good chance of being elected mayor of New York in 2013.

The seven-term congressman from Queens resigned in disgrace two years earlier after he accidentally tweeted a photo of his crotch, which he thought he was sent as a Direct Message to a woman he had never met in person. At the time, Weiner was married to longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who for several years stood by his side during his humiliating fall from grace (they have since initiated and called-off divorce proceedings, but remain legally married today).

Remarkably, just two years after his resignation from Congress, Weiner’s public displays of contrition were largely accepted by New York City Democrats who were fed-up with the technocratic centrism of Mayor Mike Bloomberg and looking for a progressive alternative.

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