Can Anthony Weiner win?

Panelists on "Up with Steve Kornacki" argue that the disgraced former congressman has a shot in the mayoral race

Published June 1, 2013 4:30PM (EDT)

When Anthony Weiner resigned from his post as congressman due to an embarrassing Twitpic scandal in 2011, the media expected that any serious political career was over. But Weiner has recently returned to politics, entering the Democratic primary as a mayoral candidate; not only is the media taking his bid seriously -- but it's possible that thanks to deep pockets and a vibrant persona he could win it.

Discussing a mayoral bid with a panelist on "Up with Steve Kornacki," Kornacki said of Weiner: "He's a showman."

"To me, the most important thing to know is in college he thought about being a TV weatherman," said Kornacki. "We talk about Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson, they haven't really inspired anybody. There's an opening for somebody who can be a performer."

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By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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