Weiner's somber resignation in NY
By KAREN ZRAICK and ANDREW MIGA
Associated Press Jun 17, 3:46 AM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly three weeks after
Rep. Anthony Weiner accidentally tweeted a photo of his bulging crotch, his
final act as congressman was to attempt to resign with dignity.
(ap) - Really, AP?... REALLY?... "Accidently"?...
For... the... Love... of... God!... Could the AP be Lewinskying the guy they
Voted for anymore as he exhibits this abject Public FAIL?... I don't Know who is
more Shameless, Weiner or the AP. - tha malcontent)
Instead, heckling and catcalls disrupted his news conference, creating a noisy,
circus-like atmosphere that overshadowed the main event. It was an ungracious
end, a fitting metaphor for the troubled congressman's career.
(Back on June 6th, when the AP FINALLY got around to
putting this Scandal on the Main Wire, 10 DAYS AFTER it broke as a "News" story,
they were all but ready to accept his Apology and movealong.com. To their
dismay, Weiner is finally Castrating himself before the Cannibalistic DemocRATS
who have all but demanded it, knowing that this is going to end in an
Indictment, and they don't want that coming next Fall. - tha malcontent)
Weiner had gone from the halls of Congress to the front pages of the New York
tabloids, providing ceaseless fodder as cringe-worthy evidence of his sexually
charged online dalliances leaked out and top Democrats pushed for his
On Thursday afternoon, the 46-year-old struck a sober tone at the podium of the
senior center in Brooklyn where he launched a campaign for City Council in 1992.
He stood alone; his pregnant wife, Huma Abedin, remained at home while he
officially ended the only career he has ever known.
(I'm gonna bust out cryin'... Seriously, AP?... Do
you even Realize how Unobjective you are at this point?... I'm not wasting
anymore of my Time commenting on this Tripe. - tha malcontent)
But like other developments in the tawdry drama, the press conference was marked
by profanity and low-brow antics. After recounting the beginning of his
political career and proclaiming that there is "no higher honor" than to
represent one's neighbors, he said he initially hoped to continue his work but
then realized "the distraction that I have created has made that impossible."
With that, he apologized and resigned.
The seniors, many of them former supporters, groaned. Some in the room cheered.
One man yelled: "Buh-bye, pervert!"
Another jumped up seconds later and began to shout questions about the
congressman's genitals. The din in the room reached a crescendo as dozens of
cameras pivoted, reporters gasped and some of the seniors shouted for the man to
Weiner grew slightly flushed but continued speaking. A police officer approached
and told him to quiet down for the remainder of Weiner's remarks, which lasted
just under four minutes. As the congressman left the podium, the heckler
bellowed: "Will you maintain your hot physique and your smooth sexy chest?"
The man behind it turned out to be a writer for the Howard Stern Show named
Many of the spectators said the episode was a startling finale for the
once-promising hometown politician whose district includes parts of Queens and
"It was pathetic and sad," said online publisher Binyamin Jolkovsky, 42. "A guy
built a career, made it three-fourths of the way up the hill and then it all
Known as brash, liberal and ambitious, the seven-term congressman had run for
mayor of New York in 2005 and had been expected to do so again. He had raised $4
million in campaign funds so far.
On Thursday, he hinted that he would somehow stay involved in public life.
"I got into politics to help give voice to the many that simply did not have
one," he said. "Now I'll be looking for other ways to contribute my talents to
make sure that we live up to that most New York and American of ideals: the idea
that leading a family, a community and ultimately a country is the one thing
that all unites us, the one thing we're all focused on."
He did not take questions.
Democratic Party leaders, concerned that Weiner could weigh the party down in
the 2012 elections, had welcomed the announcement after days spent trying to
coax, push and finally coerce the wayward politician into quitting.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has the authority to call a special election to fill
the seat once the congressman submits his resignation. However, because of
population shifts, New York state is to lose two House seats in 2013, and
lawmakers may target Weiner's former district. His replacement could get a job
that ends in just 19 months.
"Congressman Weiner exercised poor judgment in his actions and poor judgment in
his reaction to the revelations," House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a
statement released moments after Weiner spoke. "Today, he made the right
judgment in resigning."
He did not explain his presence in New York, several days after issuing a
statement that said he was seeking treatment. Other Democrats said he had left
the city to do so.
Weiner's departure marks the end of a bizarre period born of his use of social
media such as Twitter and Facebook.
His problems began May 28, when a website run by conservative commentator Andrew
Breitbart posted a lewd photograph of an underwear-clad crotch and said it had
been sent from Weiner's Twitter account to a Seattle woman.
As the scandalous chapter neared its conclusion, a former pornography actress
who exchanged emails and messages over Twitter with him said Wednesday at a news
conference he had asked her to lie about their interactions.
Ginger Lee said she and Weiner exchanged about 100 emails between March and June
after Lee posted a supportive statement about the congressman on her blog. He
then contacted her on Twitter, Lee said. They mostly discussed politics, but he
would often turn the conversation to sex, she said.
Weiner's initial reaction after the first photo became public more than two
weeks ago was to lie, and he did so repeatedly, saying his Twitter account had
But he did not report his claim to law enforcement - a step that could have
opened him to charges of far more serious wrongdoing.
Nor were his public denials persuasive, especially when he told one interviewer
he could not "say with certitude" that he wasn't the faceless man in the
His eventual confession triggered a tabloid-style frenzy in print and online
that only grew more pronounced a few days later when an X-rated photo surfaced
on a website.
After initially calling for a House ethics investigation, Pelosi ramped up the
pressure on Saturday when she joined with Rep. Steve Israel of New York and Rep.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, leader of the Democratic National
Committee, in calling on Weiner to step down.
President Barack Obama added to the pressure two days later, saying if he were
in Weiner's situation, he would resign.
On Wednesday, Democrats let it be known the party's House leadership would be
meeting within 24 hours to consider sanctions against Weiner.
Weiner was said to have telephoned Pelosi and Israel, the head of the party
campaign committee, as they attended a White House picnic Wednesday evening to
tell them of his plans to quit.
Several officials have said in recent days that Weiner was reluctant to make any
decision about his career without speaking with his wife, a top aide to
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had been overseas since shortly
after the scandal broke. The trip ended Tuesday night.
Weiner's outspoken, in-your-face style cheered liberal supporters and angered
conservatives. He even irritated some party leaders in 2009 when he led the
charge for a government-run health care system long after the White House had
made it clear that Obama was opposed.
Andrew Miga reported from Washington; Associated Press writers Beth Fouhy and
Ula Ilnytzky and David B. Caruso contributed from New York.
Karen Zraick can be reached at
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