Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) will resign from his seat in Congress, heeding calls from President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and dozens of other congressional Democrats, sources confirm to POLITICO. The resignation ends nearly three weeks of tumultuous political controversy since the New York congressman sent a lewd picture of himself over Twitter which he claimed at first was a result of a hack, and later admitted he had sent himself.
Weiner is expected to make his resignation official in a statement to the press at 2 p.m. at a senior center in Brooklyn where he announced his first run for the New York City Council in 1993.
The resignation caps an almost three-week frenzy that began when a photo of a man’s crotch was posted publicly on his Twitter account. For a week, he claimed he had been “hacked,” but at a tear-filled press conference last week he admitted that he had intended to send the photo to a Seattle college student and that he had sent that and other racy photos to at least six women over the last three years. More photos have since become public, including one of his naked genitals and others of him posing in the House gym.>>>
I’ll update with text/video of his statement as soon as they become available.
Update: Via R S McCain
Genette Cordova has deleted her Twitter account.
Update 2: Weiner opens press conference with anecdote of how his now ill fated political career began. Snore.
Weiner officially announces his resignation.
Heckler (this time a real one not a hypothetical one)
“Bye bye pervert”, and other such outbursts.
Weiner putting himself through yet another round of public humiliation, seems almost sadomasochistic at this point
(To be continued)
Video: Weiner is heckled while announcing his resignation.
During the presser, which at moments sounded more like a campaign stop, Weiner was heckled by people in the crowd.
“Are you more than 7 inches?” hollered someone in the crowd.
Good afternoon. About 20 years ago, I stood in this very same room here at the Council Center and asked my neighbors for their help to take a chance on me in electing me to the City Council. And then some seven years later, I asked those same people to join with people in Queens in sending me to Congress. There is not higher honor in a democracy than being sent by your neighbors to represent them in the United States House of Representatives.
It is particularly humbling to represent this district because the communities and families of the 9th Congressional District are hardworking, patriotic, opinionated, they are authentic. I have never forgotten my neighbors because they represent the same middle-class story as mine. I went to public school my whole life. My mother was a schoolteacher for 32 years. My father went to law school on the GI Bill.
The middle-class story of New York is my story, and I’m very proud of that. I’m here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused. I make this apology to my neighbors and constituents, but I make it particularly to my wife Huma. I had hope to be able to continue the work that the citizens of my district had elected me to do, to fight for the middle class and those struggling to make it. Unfortunately, the distraction I have created has made that impossible. So today I am announcing my resignation from Congress, so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative, and most importantly, so that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused.
To repeat, and most importantly so that I can continue to heal from the damage that I have caused, I want to thank my colleagues in the House of Representatives, Democrats and Republicans alike. They come from different places around the country, but fundamentally, we all agree. They’re all patriots and I will miss them all. Thank you. I also would like to express my gratitude to young members of my staff. They are young people who are not paid very much. They are people who have worked very hard and very long hours. Ultimately those people define the notion of service. I’d like to thank of course the many people who’ve helped me. The people who have volunteered, the people who have given advice, the many of my constituents who have offered me good ideas. And of course I want to express my gratitude to my family.
And of course I want to express my gratitude to my family. To my mother and family who instilled in me the value s that have carried me thus far, to my brother Jason, and of course to my wife Huma who has stood with me in this entire difficult period and to whom I owe so very much. I got into politics to give a voice to the many who simply did not have one. Now I’ll be looking for other ways to contribute my talents so that we live up to that most New York and American of ideals. The ideal that a family, a community, and ultimately a country is the one thing that unites us. The one thing that we’re all focused on. With God’s help and with hard work we will all be successful.
Just for kicks, some Weiner resignation twitter blowback:
@AnnCoulter: I was hoping Weiner would resign on Twitter like a normal person who likes to send around photos of his junk.
@bobbi85710: Another lie observed, if Weiner was checked into rehab, why was he home and wandering around to do his resignation presser?
@FoxieNews: Anyone else glad we didn’t have Twitter back when Clinton was in office? We woulda seen Willie’s willie, I just know it. LOL
@SamAdamsTPP: Thanks to #Weinergate we now know who the real journalists are @AndrewBreitbart & who the groups are that spew leftist propaganda
@jvindio2: #weinergate -Weiner to donate what’s left of campaign contributions to Obama for new Government appointment
@SamValley: The party that champions Anthony Weiner’s behavior now upset that people won’t give his press conference any decorum. #weinergate
Choices, choices! Vote For Your Favorite [New York Post WeinerGate] Front Page. I can’t decide. Which is your fav?
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Ed Driscoll links…thanks!