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Weiner admits he sent lewd picture; won't quit

By BETH FOUHY
Associated Press Jun 6, 6:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After days of denials, a choked-up Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday that he tweeted a photo of his bulging underpants to a young woman, and he also admitted to "inappropriate" exchanges with six women before and after he got married. He apologized for lying but said he would not resign.

(ap) - Only "days of denials"?... Well, let's see, it's June 6th and the AP has finally given this some Ink on it's Main Wire... May 28th is when AP Nemesis Andrew Breitbart did something the AP would NEVER do... Go after a DemocRAT if they knew a secret, like when they all but Ignored Monica Lewinsky until Drudge made his name with the stained navy blue dress, but I Digress... June 6th... May 28th... That's 10 days in a 24 hours News Cycle that the AP successfully kept this story from it's Wire... Now that Weiner has FINALLY Admitted the Obvious, will the AP look deeper for Evidence of a Cover-up?... Abuse of Office?... Of course not, he's a DemocRAT, and a good Liberal New York DemocRAT at that. I could only Imagine how many cocktails Weiner has had with Members of the AP. - tha malcontent)

"This was me doing a dumb thing and doing it repeatedly and lying about it," the 46-year-old New York Democrat said after a week of double-entendre headlines and late-night wisecracks full of Weiner jokes.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi immediately called for an ethics committee investigation into whether Weiner broke House rules.

(If this were Sarah Palin, even out of Elected Office, the AP would have had a Team of Investigative Reporters giving her an Anal Exam... As they did in 2008 while they Ignored the nearly Substanceless History of their Candidate, Barry Obama, regardless of the Evidence of Corruption and Scandal in Chicago, his Racist Mentor and Bill Ayers, the Domestic Terrorist that Barry was Friends with...  And when they did happen to mention it, it was to mock the Right for even Daring to question their Savior... But again, I Digress. - tha malcontent)

The congressman - who was widely expected to run for mayor of New York in 2013 - said at a half-hour news conference that he had never personally met any of the women he corresponded with online and sometimes via telephone over the past three years, and was not even sure of their ages. He also said he had never had sex outside of his marriage.

(And the AP Believes EVERY word of it... And will Vote for him again if he Survives. - tha malcontent)

He said he did not feel the scandal affected his work as a lawmaker but would understand if his constituents decided not to re-elect him. "I'm going to work very hard to win back their trust," he said.

Weiner said he used his home computer and personal Blackberry, not government computers, in his exchanges with the women. But that may not protect him from House rules that say a member "shall conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House."

On numerous occasions, the House ethics committee has cited that general rule in finding a representative violated standards of conduct.

Weiner said over and over that he had made "terrible mistakes" and done "a very dumb thing" for which he alone bore responsibility, and he apologized repeatedly to his wife, Huma Abedin.

"My wife is a remarkable woman. She's not responsible for any of this," he said. "I apologize to her very deeply."

Abedin did not attend his news conference, but Weiner said they would not be separating over the scandal.

The scandal unfolded more than a week ago when a conservative website reported that a photo of a man's crotch had been sent from Weiner's Twitter account to a college student in Seattle.

For days, Weiner claimed that he hadn't sent the photo and that he was the victim of a hacker. But he caused guffaws when he said that he couldn't say with "certitude" that the underwear shot was not a picture of him.

The scandal escalated Monday when the website, BigGovernment.com, run by conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, posted photos purportedly from a second woman who said she received shirtless shots of the congressman. The site said the pictures were in a cache of intimate online photographs, chats and email exchanges the woman claimed to have. The website did not identify the woman.

("Conservative activist"... Classic. - tha malcontent)

One photo showed Weiner on a couch with two cats nearby. The website said Weiner sent the photo using the anthonyweiner(at)aol.com account with the subject line "Me and the pussys."

Also, the celebrity website RadarOnline.com said a woman claimed to have 200 sexually explicit messages from Weiner through a Facebook account that Weiner no longer uses. It was not clear whether the woman who claimed to have the new photo was the person who claimed to have received the text messages.

At Monday's news conference, Weiner said he sent the underpants photo as a joke and called it a "hugely regrettable mistake."

"I haven't told the truth and have done things I deeply regret," he said. "I brought pain to people I care about."

ABC News said Monday it planned to air an interview with a Texas woman, Meagan Broussard, who claims to be one of the women who exchanged messages with Weiner. The 26-year-old single mother said she has dozens of emails, Facebook messages and cell phone logs that document more than a month of flirting that started on April 20.

In a strange turn before Weiner's planned news conference, Breitbart took to the podium, defending the accuracy of his posts and saying his reputation was being smeared by the congressman.

The picture showing Weiner shirtless was reminiscent of a photo of former Rep. Chris Lee, a New York Republican who abruptly resigned from office earlier this year after a shirtless photo he sent a woman on Craigslist became public.

(Good Lord... Don't Hurt yourselves reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaching, AP... - tha malcontent)

Weiner married Abedin, an aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, last July, with former President Bill Clinton officiating. Before that, Weiner had been known as one of New York's most eligible bachelors.

Weiner began his career as a legislative assistant to then-Rep. Chuck Schumer, now a senator. He was elected to the New York City Council before winning Schumer's House seat in 1998, representing parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

Earlier Monday before Weiner's public admission, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was asked whether the congressman could continue to effectively represent New Yorkers.

"It's always up to the constituents," Bloomberg said, adding that it was "time to get back and focus on the serious things."

Weiner gained a national profile during the debate over President Barack Obama's health care plan when he outspokenly professed support for a government-run "single-payer" program for everyone and later a "public option" to compete with private health insurance. He got the notice of liberals even though both proposals failed to make it into law.

("He got the notice of Liberals", the AP says... Funny that. He's gone almost unnoticed by the Liberals at the AP for the last week and half... Now we can all go back to Ignoring this issue, just like the AP did with Mark Foley (R) back during the 2006 Election when the AP was doing it's level best to get the GOP out of Congress... In case you don't remember, they didn't Ignore Foley (R)... Instead, they Obsessed on him and assisted the DemocRATS in taking back the House and the Senate. Foley (R)?... Never Charged with anything or even in trouble for what he did... But to follow the AP's Rumors and Insinuation, that Homosexual LIBERAL (r)epublican was all but Molesting little boys... Anyway... - tha malcontent)

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Associated Press writer Andrew Miga in Washington contributed to this report.

 

 

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