Anthony Weiner resigns after sex scandal
(BDCi) — Anthony Weiner announced his resignation from Congress on Thursday (16), apologizing for the “embarrassment” his personal behavior caused to his family and colleagues after admitting to sexually charged relationships with women on Facebook and Twitter.
“Today I am announcing my resignation … so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative, and most importantly, that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage that I’ve caused,” the New York Democrat said.
The lawmaker, once touted as a leading candidate for New York City mayor, admitted he sent lewd photos of himself to a young Seattle woman and lied about it for several days. Since then, salacious photos and details have been disclosed.
The scandal, highlighting the dangers of sexting on social media, has rocked the U.S. House for the past three weeks, distracting Democrats trying to bring attention to GOP plans to revamp Medicare before next year’s elections.
He offered no indication of his future plans, saying only: “I got into politics to help give voice to the many who simply did not have one. Now I’ll be looking for other ways to contribute my talents.”
By: Adrianna Lobo
June 16, 2011