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Weiner starts new Twitter career amid steady mayoral rumors

The rise of Anthony Weiner continues as the former congressman has returned to Twitter.
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Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner has lived to tweet again.

The disgraced Forest Hills congressman returned this week with a new handle on Twitter, the social media site that was the scene of his downfall in 2011.

Weiner, whose name appeared as a possible mayoral candidate after a Marist College poll placed him second among Democrats last week, tweeted a sexual image of himself to a woman in May 2011. He eventually resigned his position after he admitted to having several explicit sexting affairs with women over Twitter and Facebook whom he never met in person.

The former lawmaker has sent three tweets from his new handle, @anthonyweiner, where he boasts more than 9,000 followers and his biography states he is “fighting to keep New York City the Capital of the Middle Class.” His old Twitter handle, @repweiner, is still active with close to 70,000 followers and the last tweet links users to his new outlet.

Weiner was viewed as a strong contender for the mayor’s post before he resigned and he still has close to $4.5 million in his campaign war chest, according to the city Campaign Finance Board.

Reach reporter Steve Mosco by e-mail at smosco@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4546.

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