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Sources: Weiner To Launch Mayoral Campaign Next Week

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Sources tell NY1 that disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner is expected to announce his run for mayor early next week, and that he has hired a campaign manager. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.

It was a month ago that Anthony Weiner re-emerged, granting interviews to NY1 and other media outlets, testing the waters for a mayoral run. Now, he's prepared to dive in.

Weiner will officially announce his candidacy early next week, NY1 has learned, joining an already crowded Democratic field less than four months before the primary.

Frontrunner Christine Quinn and others seem to have already tired of the Weiner questions, and are going about campaigning as usual.

"Whether Anthony Weiner joins the mayor's race or not, and whether the timing is right or wrong, that's a question for Anthony to answer, not for me," Quinn said.

On Wednesday, former City Comptroller William Thompson presented his vision for city schools, including a major expansion of early childhood education and longer school hours and school years. He also took aim at some of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's policies, including the emphasis on standardized testing and school closures.

"School closings are an admission of failure," Thompson said. "You're giving up on communities, you're giving up on schools and students and teachers. We need to turn those schools around. It can be done."

Weiner, though, looms large. His late entry is feasible thanks to a $4.3 million campaign war chest, of which he's spent little. In a filing with the city's Campaign Finance Board Wednesday, he reported just $12,400 of expenses in the last two months, mostly for office rent and help in producing a policy booklet.

That will soon change. He's brought on a campaign manager, Daniel Kedem, with more staff hires sure to come.

The current candidates seem unfazed.

"Whoever does or doesn't enter the race, I'm very confident that when you stack my record up against theirs, New Yorkers are going to stand with me and my record," Quinn said.

There's no denying, though, that the race changes dramatically just a few days from now.

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