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Anthony Weiner mobbed as he greets voters in Harlem

Anthony Weiner grabs a copy of amNewYork.

Anthony Weiner grabs a copy of amNewYork. (Credit: Anthony Weiner grabs a copy of amNewYork while in Harlem. (Charles Eckert))

Tabloid covers and a crowd of paparazzi didn't stop Anthony Weiner from hitting the streets Thursday morning to kick off his mayoral campaign.

The disgraced congressman greeted New Yorkers outside the 125th Street subway station at St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem.

Weiner, 48, who announced his campaign Wednesday with a video where he asked New Yorkers to look beyond the lewd 2011 picture scandal that forced him to resign, found some voters who were willing to give him a second chance.

"I forgive you!" said Harlem resident Charles Johnson, 62, a retired security guard.

"I could use your vote. And if I win by one, I know who to thank," Weiner responded.

While making the rounds, a Harlem man approached the candidate with a copy of Thursday's amNewYork and pointed out the cover page that asked "He's in ... but can he win?"

Weiner told the man he would answer yes, and later picked up a copy of the paper from a hawker before getting on the subway with reporters and photographers following him.

He signed another copy of Thursday's amNewYork while on the subway.

Weiner continued his tour around 14th Street before making an appearance on the WNYC radio program "The Brian Lehrer Show." (with Newsday)

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