Anthony Weiner is a public figure again

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Briefing: Weiner. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Back in March, it was reported that Anthony Weiner spent more than $100,000 on polling.

Last week, reportedly, Weiner did a lengthy interview with the New York Times magazine.

Today, he, his wife and child were photographed walking around in Manhattan.

Clearly, Weiner is still able to command attention in a way that most ostensibly "disgraced" former local politicians can't. And he still has a few million dollars in the bank. 

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He's going through the motions of being a public figure again. And he's doing so for reasons that are only known to him, so far.

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