Anthony Weiner gets warm reception at first campaign stop in Harlem

Posted at 12:03 PM, May 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-23 12:10:01-04

Anthony Weiner got a warm reception at his first official campaign stop Thursday on a Harlem street corner.

The former congressman who resigned his seat in the midst of a sexting scandal shook hands with commuters and took questions from reporters outside the 125th Street station on Lenox Avenue.

“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 told reporters. He added,  “I’ve been encouraged by how many people who have said they are prepared to give me a second chance.”


Weiner resigned his seat after a scandal in June 2011 that involved him sending lewd pictures of himself to women over the internet.  Now he is trying to make a political comeback.

A guy who goes by the name L.A. told PIX 11 he could support him. “He is very expressive, he gets people interested in politics.  I think people like him should run.”  Another woman told PIX 11 “I think it’s excellent regardless of what his mistakes were in the past.”  But another man who asked that his name not be used sarcastically told us ” The rest of the country will love it.”

The mayoral hopeful says he wants to make things better for the middle class by lowering taxes, providing affordable health care, and making it easier to shop in places like Harlem by maybe adding a new grocery store.

Weiner  says he deliberately chose Harlem for his first public appearance.  “This is the last place that I stood in my 2005 campaign where I argued that the middle class was struggling to make it and needed to be able to find a city that accommodated their needs.  So this is the last stop in my campaign for mayor in 2005 and my first stop today.”

Weiner ran for mayor in 2005 and nearly ran in 2009. He says his wife is on board:  “She’s on the campaign with both boots and I’m pleased to have her by my side.”