Anthony Weiner's Official Launch As Candidate For NYC Mayor 2013
[NYC Mayoral Campaign 2013]
Anthony Weiner is now officially a candidate for mayor of New York City mayor. Even though he's entered late into the fray due to his high name recognition, many political pundits believe he'll shake up the race and in the end he could even be in a position to contend.
Weiner's campaign has released a 2:16 minutes campaign video to make his case:
"Everyday starts right here," Weiner says in the video, which opens with the former Congressman approaching his child, Jordan, who's eating seated on a baby's elevated chair -- with his lovely wife Huma Abedin right across from the child, "And it's the best part of my day."
"And then you step outside and New York is like no other place," Weiner narrates, as the camera shows an endless army of New Yorkers headed to work. "This was my neighborhood growing up -- a middle class kid in Brooklyn. I thought we had it all. Played stickball late into the night and if were were lucky a Mets game on the weekend," Weiner continues, as the video shows a picture of the stadium.
"I went to PS39. My mom was a teacher for 31 years in public schools just like this. My dad went to law school on a GI bill and then hung a shingle outside our house," Weiner adds. "Theirs is the classic New York story. You work hard; you make it into the middle class and you make life a little better for your kids."
"That's how this city was built; but it's getting harder and harder everyday. Some of the highest rents in the country went up 20% the last two years alone. And you wanna build. It'll cost you a million bucks."
"Good jobs with benefits disappearing," Weiner narrates. "Our schools aren't what they should be and we need to keep this city safe."
"And if your trying to run a business in a neighborhood shopping strip like this one," Weiner says, and he's shown interacting with business owners, "You're drowning in regulations that nickel and dime you to death. The very people who put everything into this city are being priced right out of it."
"In congress I got a billion dollars to put more cops on the beat. Fought to get 9/11 first responders the help they deserve. Led the campaign for real health reform that regular people can afford," he says, a possible reference to his push for single payer during the height of the debate. "We can make a difference if we are willing to fight for it."
"Look I made some big mistakes and I know I let a lot of people down," Weiner says, looking straight into the camera, in a reference to the Sexting scandal that forced him out of Congress. "But I also learned some tough lessons. I'm running for mayor because I've been fighting for the middle class who are struggling to make it, my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you."
"New York City should be the middle class capital of the entire world, and I've got some ideas on how to do it. Sixty-four of them right on my website. Take a look and tell me what you think," he says. (www.anthonyweiner.com)
"We love this city and no one will work harder to make it better than Anthony," his wife says, seated next to him on the stoop of their house, as the video closes.
"I will fight for you every single day," Weiner says, in closing. "Thank you for watching."How will New Yorkers react? Time will tell when Weiner starts making several public appearances on the campaign and during candidates' forums.