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Dem candidate pulls back on mayoral race

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Rep. Anthony Weiner. AP photo.

By Jason Fink

Rep. Anthony Weiner, one of the top two Democrats vying for mayor, pulled back Wednesday on his campaign.

In a letter to supporters, Weiner (D-Brooklyn/Queens), who was expected to face City Comptroller William Thompson in the September primary, said he will reassess the race this summer, an apparent about-face for the congressman who declared as recently as Monday: “I’m running for mayor.”

A senior campaign advisor, who asked not to be named, said that Weiner wanted to focus on his job in Washington and sent the letter because of speculation in the media that he would drop out.“I expect you’ll see a formal decision in the next few months,” the advisor said.

The Thompson campaign Wednesday took a shot at Weiner while re-affirming that the comptroller isn’t wavering about staying in the race.

“Bill Thompson doesn’t have to ‘look at the lay of the land’ in the summer to know that New York's working families need new leadership,” campaign manager Eddy Castell said in an e-mail.

The dynamics of the mayoral race were shaken up in the fall when Mayor Michael Bloomberg won the right to extend term limits and run for re-election, instantly making him the front-runner against whoever gets the Democratic nomination.

Weiner has so far raised more than $5 million and has maxed out on fund-raising for the primary.

Besides Thompson, the other Democratic candidate expected to run in September is City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside).

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