THE HOPEFULS: Anthony D. Weiner; A Scrappy Congressman, Ready for His Next Risk

In late August 1988, at the age of only 23, Anthony D. Weiner arrived at a crossroads. As an intern in the Capitol Hill office of a congressman, Charles E. Schumer, he knew he wanted to be a congressman himself -- an intention hatched in college -- but he did not know where to start. Should he move to Florida, go to law school and then run for office there, counting on support from New Yorkers who had moved there and calculating that new House seats would be created there after the 1990 census? Or should he roll the dice and dive into the tumult of Brooklyn politics, hoping that a seat would eventually open up?

By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD and IAN URBINA

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