(CNN) – On the day of Anthony Weiner's first official campaign stop, the governor of New York offered a scathing evaluation of the disgraced former congressman's bid for mayor.
"Shame on us" if New Yorkers elect Weiner to City Hall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the editorial board of the Syracuse Post-Standard.
Previously, Cuomo had been tight-lipped about Weiner's run for mayor, which was made official on Wednesday. Asked in April for his thoughts on the race, the Democrat only offered a "no comment."
Cuomo's remarks were published the day Weiner made his first official stop on the campaign trail, chatting up voters in Harlem at a subway station. Speaking to reporters afterwards, Weiner said many New Yorkers have told him they're ready to offer redemption on Election Day.
Weiner said he was "encouraged by the number of people who say they want to give me a second chance and listen to my ideas."
But, he added, there are also detractors who may not be ready to forgive the mayoral candidate for the lewd messaging scandal that brought his political career to a halt two years ago.
"There may be people who say they're not, and that they'll never vote for me. And I get that, I respect that. They have the right to have that view," he said. "But even those people, I want them to hear me and what I have to say."
After months of speculation, Weiner officially launched his bid for mayor Wednesday in an online video, which also featured a rare appearance by his wife Huma Abedin. He's campaigning as a crusader for the middle class, with a platform that includes education reforms and lowering taxes for struggling New Yorkers.
It's those ideas Weiner says will get him elected in November.
"I think most New Yorkers, particularly those in the middle class in neighborhoods like this, want to talk about the solutions to the challenges that New York faces, that's what they care about," Weiner said, noting the voters he met Thursday were focused on city issues rather than his past.
"People are going to make their determination based on the issues they think is important," he said. "If citizens want to talk to me about my personal failings, that's their right. I'm going to do everything I can to answer them."