Anthony Weiner in 2011
Anthony Weiner in 2011. Photo by Bloomberg
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The Jewish ex-congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned his seat over raunchy tweets, announced late on Tuesday that he's running for mayor of New York City.

The Democrat kicked off his campaign with a video message that was posted on Youtube, in which he admitted that he had made "some big mistakes," but also had learned "some tough lessons."

Weiner is jumping into a crowded field for September's primary. He's arriving with some significant advantages, including a $4.8 million campaign war chest, polls showing him ahead of all but one other Democrat – and no end of name recognition.

But he also continues to contend with questions about his character and the scandal that sank his career just two years ago.

Shortly after a photo of a man's underwear-clad groin appeared on his Twitter account in 2011, Weiner claimed his account had been hacked. He eventually owned up to exchanging racy messages with several women.

Weiner had kept a low profile since the incident until recently, when he agreed to be interviewed by the New York Times. In the in-depth profile, he opened up about the scandal his life in its wake, and hinted he may run for mayor.