This afternoon, the scandal following the accidental public tweeting of a crotch shot has concluded with Anthony D. Weiner resigning his seat in the House. The New York Times reports that Weiner, who was believed to be a strong candidate for the next NYC mayoral election, returned to the Brooklyn senior center where he announced his first City Council bid in 1991 to deliver the news.
Weiner told reporters that he wanted to “apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment that I have caused. And though he’d originally hoped to continue his term “the distraction I created has made that impossible.”
House Representative Nancy Pelosi released a statement endorsing the resignation: “Congressman Weiner exercised poor judgment in his actions and poor judgment in his reaction to the revelations. Today, he made the right judgment in resigning.”
In late May, a picture of a man’s erection under a pair of boxer briefs was tweeted to Weiner’s Twitter account. He initially denied that he had posted the shot, claiming that he had been “hacked”. Weiner delivered a tearful admission of guilt less than a week later and also revealed that he had swapped sexy pics with at least six others (including a 17-year-old Delaware girl). Right wing propaganda maker Andrew Breitbart came forward with additional private photos of Weiner and a former porn actress held a press conference to acknowledge her own online relationship with the politician.
Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was not present at today’s press conference.