HARLEM (PIX11) — Anthony Weiner officially kicked off his mayoral campaign Thursday on a busy street corner in Harlem.
The former congressman, who resigned from his seat amid a Twitter-sexting scandal, shook hands with passing commuters while being hounded by nearly two dozen reporters and photographers.
Weiner spoke to PIX11’s Mike Gilliam in the midst of the chaos.
“All I’m saying is I’m putting myself forward. I have some ideas. I’m fighting for the middle class,” the seven-term former congressman said. “I’ve been encouraged by how many people who have said they are prepared to give me a second chance.”
During an interview with WNYC-FM earlier in the morning, Weiner admitted that there could be women coming forward soon with more e-mails and photos as his campaign for mayor gets underway.
“It is what it is,” he said on The Brian Lehrer Show Thursday. “People may decide they want to come forward and say, here’s another email that I got or another photo. I’m certainly not going to do that. So people may hear things that are true, they may hear things that are not true, but I’m going to try to keep being focused on issues that are important to New York City.”
Weiner’s humble approach is going to be just one of many taken by the embattled congressman’s campaign, as the race for the next New York City mayor gets underway.