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Looking Back: Weiner's 2005 Endorsements #NYC2013

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Anthony Weiner says he's going to run his mayoral campaign like he did during his first run for the office back in 2005: "light on endorsements and big bucks, but heavy on new plans for the city."

He does have nearly $5 million for his campaign and a booklet of 64 policy ideas, which draws from a similar document he distributed in 2009 outlining a bid for mayor that never happened.

A quick look back in the Gotham Gazette archives reveals that he did get a handful of endorsements the last time he ran — including from unions, elected officials and newspapers.

It's unclear whether he can win them over again.

His late entry in the race — and his tarnished reputation — may spoil his chances.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which said in 2005 that it was endorsing Weiner for having "stood up to Wal-Mart and helped stop that low-anti-worker retailer from opening in Rego Park, Queens" this time around went with rival Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn. It made its decision back in January.

Also endorsing Weiner in 2005: the Uniformed Firefighters Association and District 15 of the Machinists Union, AFL-CIO. Neither union immediately responded to messages about the mayor's race.

State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz of the 81st district in the Bronx was among the few politicians who endorsed Weiner in 2005. "When the mayor turned his back on our community and tried to put a mammoth water filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park, Anthony Weiner stood with us and fought back," Dinowitz said at the time.

Dinowitz didn't immediately return a phone call from the Gotham Gazette earlier today.

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