NY Congressman Anthony
Weiner Resigns In Sexting Scandal
June 16, 2011
U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner is resigning from the House of
Representatives after an Internet sex scandal.
Anthony Weiner, 46-year-old congressman from New York, is questioned by
the media near his home in the Queens borough of New York City, June 11,
The married New York Democrat announced his decision to step down on
Thursday, saying the "distraction" he had created had made it impossible
to continue his work in Congress.
He apologized for what he called "personal mistakes" and for the
embarrassment he caused.
Earlier Thursday, the speaker of the House, Republican John Boehner,
called the Weiner issue an "unnecessary" distraction and said the
American people want Congress to focus on creating jobs. House
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she would not talk about Weiner
before his announcement.
Weiner has admitted to exchanging explicit photographs and messages with
six women during the past three years.
His indiscretions became public late last month when a lewd photo sent
to a female college student showed up on his Twitter feed.
Weiner initially claimed his account had been hacked. But more than a
week later, the 46-year-old congressman acknowledged the photo was his
and that he had sent it.
U.S. President Barack Obama had called the congressman's behavior
"highly inappropriate" and suggested he resign from Congress.
wife of nearly one year, Huma Abedin, is a long-time aide to Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton. Last week, The New York Times reported that
Abedin is pregnant with the couple's first child. Abedin did not join
Weiner at his news conference Thursday, but he said she has stood with
him throughout the "entire difficult period."
Weiner said he never met any of the women he corresponded with online
and by phone and that he was not sure of their ages. One woman who has
spoken out about her online relationship with Weiner is a former porn
star. The congressman also corresponded with a 17-year-old girl, but
local authorities found nothing inappropriate in those exchanges.
Pelosi had also called for an ethics investigation to determine whether
Weiner used any official resources in his communications or if any other
violation of House rules occurred. Pelosi had said Weiner needs help and
should get some "without the pressures of being a member of Congress."