A day after he announced he would be running for mayor via YouTube video, Anthony Weiner was out early Thursday, greeting commuters at 125th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
On his first day on a mobbed stump, Anthony Weiner seemed to have a lot of things to say sorry for.
The commotion he's causing, for one, and, of course, for what he did over the Internet.
He insisted it's behind him, but also admitted that more pictures may emerge.
More than once, he seemed to be offering mea culpas in advance, through a jaw often clenched tight.
"I've apologized many times over, and I've apologized to individual voters. I've apologized to my wife," he said. "I think I might be doing apologies."
He found a forgiving crowd in Harlem.
"He's a human being. Come on. We make mistakes," said one woman who said she would vote for him.
Others have doubts.
Governor Andrew Cuomo was asked Wednesday by a Syracuse newspaper what his reaction would be to Weiner in City Hall. "Shame on us," was Cuomo's reply.
An aide insisted that Cuomo was joking, although that's not what the governor said when NY1 asked him.
"I don't have an official position in the mayor's race, and I'm going to leave it at that," Cuomo said.
Weiner said he came to Harlem as his first place to stop because this is where he last campaigned for mayor, back in 2005, when he placed second in that year's Democratic primary.
He's relying on many of those old policies from eight years ago, with even his campaign themes a holdover, although his website looked oddly small town.
Turns out, it was Pittsburgh you saw on the site. Weiner's team quietly fixed it by the day's end, with his website team saying sorry this time.
Back in the real New York, Weiner fielded questions on stop-and-frisk and education, took a pass on rendering judgment on rival Christine Quinn and seemed pleased that queries about sexting came only from the reporters.
He also said that this bid for mayor is real, not about image rehab.
"This is not a new thing that I just woke up with," he said. "It's something I've been working on my entire life, and I hope that I get a chance to talk to citizens about the issues they care about."
Then, he was off. He boarded a southbound train, where a fellow straphanger told him to stay off the Internet. Weiner thanked her.