Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) obtained an endorsement for New York City mayor on Thursday, with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) announcing that he'd support his former colleague, Politico reported. In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, Weiner said that he is considering running for mayor this year.
While on Current TV's "Bill Press Show," Ellison said that Weiner deserved a second chance. Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 amid a scandal that erupted after he accidentally tweeted a lewd photo of himself.
"Anthony is a good guy in my opinion." Ellison said. "Now, he should’ve came clean once he got busted, you know, and I’m sorry he didn’t do that -- but he’s sorry he didn’t do that, and his wife's sorry he didn’t do that."
The Minnesota congressman added that "nobody here is perfect" and that he believed Weiner "was a great congressman."
"He’s dealt with his issues, and everybody has issues. So I’d love to see Anthony Weiner be mayor of New York. I hereby endorse him,” Ellison added.
During the interview, Ellison told Press that his endorsement was "unsolicited."
Weiner joins a long list of politicians who have attempted to regain public office after a sex scandal.
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) recently won a GOP runoff for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, years after he drew nationwide scrutiny for engaging in an extramarital affair with an Argentinian woman.