(CNN) – It may be the first fundraising pitch in political history to include the words, "I did lie to my wife."
But Anthony Weiner's latest bid to rally support for his New York City mayoral campaign makes the case the candidate is ready to take tough questions head on – a quality he argues is necessary to helm the nation's largest metropolis.
In the email solicitation, Weiner wrote to his supporters, "I have never ducked the tough questions. Sometimes when you're mayor, those are the only kind you get."
And he links to a video of a campaign stop on City Island in the Bronx, where an attendee peppered the candidate on why he didn't drop out of the race after admitting to sending lewd messages to a woman online as recently as last year.
"When do you say enough is enough?" the voter asked.
"Frankly I did lie to my wife about these things. I dishonored myself and I dishonored her," Weiner responded, noting there was things in his personal life "that have become very public."
"That's the price I pay for being a public official. I don't wish it on any of you. I don't wish any of you having everything about your background come back to haunt you," he continued.
But he argued his willingness to remain in the race – painted by some as a delusional selfishness – was instead an indication of his durability, a trait essential for mayors.
"Do you think I just said, OK let's go to City Island, let's talk to these good people, see 50 cameras, knowing I'd get this question?" Weiner asked. "The reason I did that is because I'm trying to communicate something here. I'm trying to say yes. You know some things about me, more than any other candidate you know, maybe in your whole life. Maybe way more than you want. Certainly more than I want. But it doesn't change the fundamentals of democracy."