Weiner says he wouldn't run for Congress again

Democratic party New York mayoral candidates, Anthony Weiner, left, and Bill Thompson stand together during a televised debate in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. The high-stakes showdown Tuesday is being held exactly one week before the Sept. 10 primary. The debate opened with the candidates blaming Mayor Michael Bloomberg for not negotiating new contracts with city workers. (AP Photo/The Wall Street Journal, Andrew Hinderaker, Pool) | Zoom

NEW YORK (AP) - Anthony Weiner says he won't run for Congress again if he loses the New York mayoral race.

The former congressman made the comment Monday in response to a question on NBC's "Today" show. He says Congress is no longer "a great place if you want to solve problems."

Weiner says being the mayor of New York City is a better job.

Weiner abandoned his U.S. House seat in 2011 after a sexting scandal. He was a front-runner among the Democratic mayoral candidates, but his support collapsed when it was revealed that he engaged in similar behavior after he left Congress.

A Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-ih-pee-ak) poll released Monday shows Weiner trailing badly.

The Democratic primary is Tuesday.

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