Associated Press

Eighty percent of New York state voters have an unfavorable opinion of him, an all-time low in the history of Siena College polls.

After Anthony Weiner's humiliating resignation from Congress, it didn't seem possible for him to sink much lower. But his year-long rehabilitation seems to have only set him up to fall further. In a new ad for his New York City mayoral campaign, Weiner says, "Look, powerful voices have made it clear from the very beginning they didn't want me to win. But this isn't about what they want." Right now, those powerful voices are New Yorkers. Eighty percent of New York state voters have an unfavorable opinion of him, according to a new poll from Siena College. That's an all-time low in the history of the school's polls. Only 11 percent view him favorably. The news is not much better among New York City voters, where he's doing slightly better: three-quarters view him unfavorably. Plus, he's struggling to raise money. As the teenage Russian gymnast Tatiana Nabieva recently said of her struggle to lose weight and rejoin the national team, "It was the bottom, the depth, the cloaca. Below it there's nowhere to fall."

Weiner is spending $500,000 to air the ad starting Monday. Those are precious dollars. In the first 50 days of his campaign, Weiner raised an average of $16,434 a day, the New York Daily News reports. Since the July 23 revelation that he continued sexting women a year after he quit Congress, Weiner has raised an average of just $1,897 a day. His wife, Huma Abedin, has raised no money for him since the story broke.

But, like Nabieva, maybe Weiner can only go up from here. A frequent criticism of Weiner's record in Congress is that he seemed mostly interested in getting on TV. Now he has the chance to get even more TV time. Weiner might be starring in a documentary about his campaign, the New York Post reports. "The Post spied MTV filmmaker Josh Kriegman — who is also Weiner’s former congressional district director — filming his every last word on the campaign trail recently. He’s often seen riding with Weiner, and a black mike box has been in Weiner’s back pants pocket for at least two weeks." Kriegman, who's made documentaries for PBS and MTV, would not comment.

This post originally appeared on The Atlantic Wire.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. A Soviet map of London, labeled in Russian.

    The Soviet Military Secretly Mapped the Entire World

    These intricate, curious maps were supposed to be destroyed. The ones that remain reveal a fascinating portrait of how the U.S.S.R. monitored the world.

  2. An illustration of a front porch.

    America Rediscovers Its Love of the Front Porch

    In the 20th century, porches couldn’t compete with TV and air conditioning. Now this classic feature of American homes is staging a comeback as something more stylish and image-conscious than ever before.

  3. Office workers using computers

    America’s Digitalization Divide

    A new study maps digital-skilled jobs across industries, metro areas, and demographic groups, revealing deep divides.

  4. Equity

    The Story Behind the Housing Meme That Swept the Internet

    How a popular meme about neoliberal capitalism and fast-casual architecture owned itself.

  5. Navigator

    The Gentrification of City-Based Sitcoms

    How the future ‘Living Single’ reboot can reclaim the urban narrative ‘Friends’ ran off with.