msnbc | March 16, 2013
>>> filings release last night show a new but old name maybe entering the new york race. anthony weiner , the former disgraced new york congressman, resigned in 2011 after that twitter sexting stan scandal spent $100,000 on polling, consultants and office space . so, is he back? joining me with more on that, michael greenbaum of "the new york times," thanks for coming in a saturday afternoon to help us sift through this stuff.
>> thanks for having me.
>> i want to show our viewers at home this is a web page that's devoted, of course, campaign spending and there you can see it there if you look closely, anthony d. weiner , mayor, 2013 . is he in?
>> no one spends 100 grand on polling if they are not seriously considering it. but so far, he hasn't really jumped in or given us any idea what the polls said. so, there's some speculation he might not have gotten the feedback he was looking for.
>> what has he been doing since he -- since he left in disgrace in 2011 ?
>> oh, he's been spending time with his wife. they have a young child. he has been playing in a local hockey league , chelsea piers in manhattan, spot there had by reporters and consulting business, which accounts for the office space but clearly, he has always been thinking how much time has to pass until i can dive back into the political realm?
>> he and his wife are they still together?
>> they are.
>> they are still together? so she has clearly forgiven him? what about voters in new york ? how forgiving typically are they?
>> the most recent polls show that they are not looking for congressman weiner to jump back in here but i think you got to game it out a little bit. i think -- let's say he throws himself into a city race. you are looking at maybe three to four weeks, some of the worst press coverage you can imagine, you know, "new york post," lewd puns day after day .
>> lots of cover headlines.
>> but let's say after a month that dies down, maybe get some think pieces saying, hey, maybe this backslash overblown and voters start to think about anthony wooerner as a serious politician once again. may be i what he is trying to game out as he does this poulg.
>> what sort of timeframe do you think we are looking at here, when, if he decides he wants to get in, when does very to say i'm in or out?
>> he is sitting of on a huge war chest , more than $4 million, more than twice as much as some active mayoral candidates have right now in new york city . co-actually jump in with a huge television ad campaign pretty late in the race. however, i think you want to look for a desitting in next month or two
>> right now, christine quinn , she the favorite?
>>> front-runner, a lot based on name recognition , a lot of new yorkers aren't paying attention right now. you got think if anthony weiner jumped into the ray he is the only guy who has the same recognition she does.
>> michael greenbaum, "new york times," thanks for helping us sift through that fascinating story.