From the Daily News:
A powerful Democrat says Weiner's behavior "could make it easy for everyone" to chop his Queens-Brooklyn district.
"The guy was already not likable, and now he's in the middle of a sex scandal," the source said. "If you have no [political] friends to begin with, it becomes very easy to eliminate your district."
"With [possibly] having to eliminate a district from the city ... this could be a self-sacrifice," a top legislative aide echoed.
"There are areas in the district that can be split up to support other members like [Gary] Ackerman or [Joseph] Crowley, who have clean records and good names," he added.
Clean records and good names? I suppose everything's relative.
The Daily News also has another take:
Politicians in Brooklyn and Queens have been buzzing this week over the prospect of an open congressional seat if Weiner resigns – or the possibility that he could be vulnerable to primary challenge if he decides to run again.
Among pols whose names were being discussed as possible contenders were Queens Councilman Mark Weprin, Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman and former Queens Councilwoman Melinda Katz.
None of the above were willing to openly admit they have their eyes on the seat.
But what if they don't eliminate the district? From the NY Times:
Some New York Democrats have approached former Councilman Eric N. Gioia of Queens about running for Mr. Weiner’s seat, according to two people briefed on the conversations. Mr. Gioia, these people said, is open to the possibility. He declined to comment.
And from Politicker:
On Monday, just before Mr. Weiner’s tearful, 27-minute long press conference in midtown, Mr. Ulrich stepped outside of his Ozone Park office to discuss the possibility.
Mr. Ulrich said he had been fielding questions “from both sides of the aisle” about the possibility of challenging for the seat, which would pit Mr. Weiner against something like a right-leaning version of his former self.