Wolf Blitzer delivers the most important breaking news and political, international, and national security stories of the day. Tune to The Situation Room weekdays 5-7pm ET on CNN.
Washington (CNN) – If Anthony Weiner does some day want to make a political comeback, he will certainly have the cash to do it. The New York City Campaign Finance Board database shows that he has $4.5 million in cash for what was supposed to be his 2013 race for New York mayor. Until the scandal, he was widely seen as the front-runner.
He also has more than $300,000 cash on hand for his Congressional election campaign.
I’ve asked CNN's Brian Todd to do some reporting for The Situation Room today to determine how Weiner can legally use that money. Brian is interviewing campaign finance experts.
I don't know whether Weiner will ever try to run for political office again. I do know that the American public, especially New Yorkers, can be very forgiving. Weiner was very well liked in his largely Democratic district in Queens and Brooklyn. They admired his tough style and his very strong liberal views. Until his resignation, many of his constituents made it clear that they were willing to forgive him for the lewd pictures and the sexting.
In the coming weeks and months, we’ll see how Weiner deals with this personal collapse. We'll see how his wife handles all of this. And we will see how people in New York respond. I wouldn’t completely rule out the possibility of a second chance for him.