If there weren’t the possibility he could actually end up as mayor of New York City, we’d really enjoy Anthony Weiner’s public rehabilitation campaign. The New York Times on Thursday published a less-than-flattering profile of Weiner’s days in Congress, recalling an incident in 2005 when an angry Weiner became irritated with a staff member and allegedly threw a salad against the wall. Weiner downplayed that incident before a forum in Harlem today, BuzzFeed reports.

“The salad story’s apocryphal,” Weiner told BuzzFeed. “First of all, I don’t do salad. That’s the other thing about the story. I don’t do salads.”

It’s no wonder Weiner has emerged from exile to campaign; this next quote is the mark of a consumate politician — Clintonesque, even. If he did toss that salad, and he’s not saying he did, he was only doing it because he cares so much about the middle class.

“Look, I’m impatient for change, and I fight hard for the middle class and those struggling to make it, and I make no apology about that,” Weiner said. “I mean, I’m a much mellower person than I was when the salad did or did not wind up on the wall.”