Anthony Weiner ‘Wasn’t Watching’ Mark Sanford’s Comeback

During the first public appearance of Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign, TPM asked him his take on another scandal-scarred politician who made a comeback attempt this year–Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC). Sanford was elected to represent South Carolina’s first congressional district May 7 in spite of 2009 revelations he cheated on his wife while serving as that state’s governor. Weiner said he’s not considering Sanford’s win any reflection on his own chance of rebounding and winning the mayor’s race after the 2011 scandal surrounding lewd photos he sent multiple women on Twitter.

“I dont look at my race through the lens of anyone else’s experience,” said Weiner. “Believe me, mine is unique enough.”

Weiner later told Politico reporter Maggie Haberman he didn’t pay much attention to Sanford’s race.

“I don’t know if there’s anything similar between South Carolina, and Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan,” he said. “I mean, I don’t know. I wasn’t watching it very carefully.”

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