NEW YORK (CBS) -- Anthony Weiner has tossed his hat into the race for New York City mayor, joining a crowded field and formally beginning an attempt to come back from a scandal that forced him to resign from the House of Representatives.
After weeks of speculation, the disgraced former congressman made it official with a YouTube video.
In it, he says, “Look, I made some big mistakes. And I know I let a lot of people down. But I’ve also learned some tough lessons. I’m running for mayor ‘cuz I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you.”
His wife, former City Councilman Huma Abedin, who was a top aide to Hillary Clinton when Clinton was secretary of state, is seen in a family scene with the couple’s young son.
Later, Adebin is shown sitting at Weiner’s side and says, “We love this city, and no one will work harder to make it better than Anthony.”
In 2011, Weiner accidentally tweeted photos of his crotch to his Twitter followers, but claimed he’d been hacked. He’d mistakenly sent a lewd message to his followers that was intended to be private. He ultimately admitted to having “inappropriate” online relationships with several women and resigned that June.