How long will Anthony Weiner’s trial balloon stay up?

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Briefing: Weiner. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Anthony Weiner's $40,000 in campaign spending over the last six months has kicked off speculation that he's considering running for office again. The Post put Weiner on the front page yesterday, and the Times wrote about him today, concluding that he's still able to generate "buzz."

But, as Gothamist's Jen Chung points out, Weiner has an image problem--literally--that puts him in a position that's arguably much worse than that of pols who committed more serious legal or ethical transgressions. 

In the cases of Bill Clinton and Eliot Spitzer, the scandals in which they were involved little visual evidence of their wrong-doing. Weiner's sex-less sex scandal involved him sending indecent images to female supporters. Those images will live for as long as there's an internet.

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2012

Despite the buzz and Drudge headline, unnamed Mitt Romney aides say he's not seeking to make Condoleeza Rice his running mate. [Thomas DeFrank]

R.I.P. 29-year-old Obama campaign aide Alex Okrent. [David Boroff]

2013

Unnamed sources say Anthony Weiner is talking to former staffers and politicos about how to run for mayor next year because his multi-million dollar warchest isn't eligible for 6:1 matching funds after 2013. [Annie Karni]

Weiner's back on Facebook. [Zeke Miller]

Weiner's campaign spent $40,000 in the last six months. [Jill Colvin]

"If nothing else, the buzz showed that Mr. Weiner was still capable of generating chatter in a mayoral field that seems to be solidifying despite its lack of star power." [Kate Taylor]

Former comptroller and 2009 Democratic mayoral nominee Bill Thompson is trailing his rivals in next year's Democratic mayoral primary in fund-raising. [Erin Durkin]

Thompson raised less than the $579,000 raised by John Liu, the city's current comptroller, who is weathering a federal investigation into his campaign activity. [Jill Colvin]

Aides to Christine Quinn and Bill de Blasio have carefully edited their Wikipedia pages. [David Seifman]

"City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has millions of dollars of discretionary dollars to dole out as she gears up for her run for mayor," a headline says. [Tina Moore]

Congress members scrub their Wikipedia pages too. [Andrew Kaczynski]

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Democratic candidate Grace Meng supports micro-stamping of guns, which the N.R.A. opposes. [Alison Gendar]

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Rep. Anne Marie Buerkle: "The economy and jobs are my first priority." [Mark Weiner]

Flashback: Two weeks ago, Buerkle said the Fast and Furious investigation "is the issue first and foremost on the minds of my constituents." [C-SPAN]

Congress

Senator Chuck Schumer wants recreational boats to display their passenger limits. [Associated Press]

City Hall

The cost of reimbursing parents for private-school education for their special -ducation children went from $144 million in 2009 to $235 million last year. [Susan Edelman]

The mayor doesn't know how problematic street fairs and bike lanes are because "Except for carefully staged photo-ops and in parades, Bloomberg rarely walks anywhere." [Steve Cuozzo]

Rising pension costs may help explain why the Bloomberg administration has cut back the number of police officers in the NYPD. [Nicole Gelinas]

The city approved permits for street fairs that give money to dubious non-profit organizations, including one sued in 2010 by then-attorney general Andrew Cuomo for fraud. [Isabel Vincent, Melissa Klein and Susan Edelman]

The U.F.T. blocked Bloomberg from closing 24 failing schools by arguing in court that the administration was really just reorganizing the school bureaucracy and replacing the staff. One anti-union editorial board call the failure to win this case "Mike's Surrender." [New York Post]

Albany

Andrew Cuomo had almost monthly statements about the problem of pension padding when he was running for governor in 2010, but there has been no final report about the issue which he was investigating while attorney general. His spokesman said pension abuses were addressed in recent state legislation. [Rebecca Croniser]

State Attoreny General Eric Schneiderman gets in on the Libor probe. [Jean Eagelsham, Reed Albergotti and Michael Corkey]

"With six more vacancies coming in the next five years — potentially remaking the entire court — Cuomo must set an extraordinary example with his first appointment." [Daily News]

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's office inadvertently published the Social Security numbers for 319 state lawmakers and staffers. [Ken Lovett]

State Senator Gustavo Rivera is helping groom future Latino leaders. [Cynthia Fagen]

Kerry Kennedy, who was charged with driving under the influence, may have actually had seizure, according to a "Kennedy source." [Emily Smith, Natasha Velez and Erin Calabrese]

Recent Kennedy tragedies are very Cheeveresque. [Peter Applebome]

"It's up to Albany to fix this mess" with the NYC Board of Elections vote-counting methods. [New York Post]

Several hospitals in poor neighborhoods have dropped their medical malpractice insurance and there's no law in New York State requiring them to have it or disclose their lack of it to patients. [Anemonia Hartocollis]

NYPD

Bloomberg supports Ray Kelly while Kelly admits problems with stop-and-frisk. [Ben Yakas]

Al Sharpton wants a meeting with Kelly to discuss gun violence and stop-and-frisk. [Jesse Lent]

Kelly said he's worked with Sharpton in the past and "look[s] forward to doing so again." [Tim Perone and Kirstan Conley]

Labor

A sizable number of supermarket workers in Brooklyn are joining unions and accusing store owners of not paying enough. In the background are some potential racial tensions: many of the workers are Latino and some of the store owners are Korean. [Kirk Semple]

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