Weiner Resigns

Posted on June 16, 2011

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ERIN CARSON

*UPDATE*

After admitting that the lewd Twitter photos in question were indeed him, admitting to inappropriate online relationships with numerous women, and enduring a large-scale media circus, Representative Anthony Weiner has resigned.

In a press conference on June 6 he said that he refused to resign and would continue to do the job his district had elected him to do.

He changed his tune today, however, saying that his mistakes had caused too much of a distraction and would likely prevent him from serving his constituents to the best of his ability.

By resigning he will also avoid further investigation into the matter by the House ethics committee.

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New Yorkers have always been proud of their Weiners, but Rep Anthony Weiner may be the exception if this recent scandal turns out to be valid.

Courtesy of ABC

He stirred up a lot of controversy over the weekend when a picture of a man’s private area, clad in grey boxer-briefs, was sent to a college woman from his twitter account.

The tweet was quickly deleted when Rep Weiner realized it had been sent, but it had already been retweeted by @patriotusa76, whose bio on twitter states: “Conservative Reagan Republican. No Obamacare, socialism, sharia. Proud of the USA & Proud to be an American with NO apologies. No elitists need apply.”

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Rep Weiner says his account was hacked or he was pranked and denies sending the tweet, but doesn’t deny that the image is of him, which has many people perplexed.

He told MSNBC, “I can’t say with certitude (that it isn’t me).” He said that because his entire system may have been hacked, a picture of him could have been manipulated or photoshopped.

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Many skeptics argue that most people would know whether or not that was a picture of them and whether or not it was on their computer.

Some on the left are calling this an obvious ploy by conservatives, especially Andrew Breitbart, to discredit Rep Weiner and his policy.

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Rep Weiner said earlier in the week that he was done talking about this in the media and that he wanted to get back to the issues that matter. He then, however, embarked on a press tour, visiting a number of cable news shows to discuss exactly this matter.

Before this “Weinergate,” as it is being called, broke, Rep Weiner was best known for his fiery defense of a measure for 9/11 first-responders.

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