Thu June 16, 2011
Reports: Rep. Weiner To Resign Today
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) plans to resign from congress today, according to reports from several news outlets.
The news broke a short time ago when The New York Times sent out an alert that Weiner "has told friends that he plans to resign his seat." It cited "a person told of Mr. Weiner's plans" as its source.
CNN followed with confirmation from its own sources. And The Associated Press reports it has been told by sources that "Weiner is telling associates he will resign." NPR is working to independently confirm the news.
Weiner's once-bright political career imploded after a lewd "crotch shot" photo he sent to a college coed via Twitter was posted online over Memorial Day weekend. The image, a waist-high close-up of an obviously aroused man in his briefs, first appeared on the BigGovernment.com website of conservative activist Andrew Breitbart.
Weiner, 46, and married less than a year, initially claimed that his Twitter account had been hacked.
In subsequent days he insisted he had not sent the photo, but also conceded that he could not say with "certitude" that the image was not of him.
Reporters kept digging — and during one now infamous exchange Weiner called a CNN correspondent a "jackass" for pressing him on the story.
Then more photos, of a shirtless Weiner, appeared.
On June 6, he confessed, saying he had lied about not sending the photo. He admitted to having "inappropriate conversations" over social media and on the phone with "six women over the last three years."
But Weiner, in his seventh term, said he would not step down from office. He had done nothing illegal and had not misused government property, the congressman claimed.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader in the House, called for an ethics investigation. Other members started to push Weiner to leave office. As more photos surfaced and some of the women who he had exchanges with started to talk, the pressure built. It was reported that Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, is pregnant.
The congressman did not change his mind — but did request, and was given, a leave of absence from the House to seek treatment of some nature.
Coming from the leader Weiner's party and the leader of the nation, it was a powerful message.
Wednesday, Abedin returned to Washington from an overseas trip with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (for whom the congressman's wife has worked for many years). Speculation built that with the pressure from the leaders of his party and the return of his wife, Weiner would give in and resign his seat.
Now, the congressman has decided to do just that.