It’s official! Congressman-turned-sexual pariah Anthony Weiner just announced at a press conference in Brooklyn, N.Y., that he’s resigning—finally!
“Today, I’m announcing my resignation from Congress.” he said, adding that he hopes that he and wife Huma Abedin “can continue to heal from the damage” that he inflicted. Interesting to note — she wasn’t there with him!
Weiner’s decision to announce his resignation in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay was a well-thought out move: It’s the spot where he announced his first campaign for City Council in 1992.
His resignation comes just weeks after Weiner posted a photo of himself in boxer briefs—with an apparent erection— on Twitter on May 27, directed at a college student in Washington State—and just one day after his pregnant wife Huma, who works for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, returned from a trip to the Middle East and Africa.
Weiner denied that he had anything to do with the first photo, but as subsequent photos (both partially-nude and clothed) were revealed to have been sent to at least six women (including former porn star Ginger Lee), and as racy, sexually-charged Twitter, Facebook and emails exchanges with these women were also revealed, he was forced to admit he indeed knew these women: During an emotional June 6 press conference at a midtown Manhattan hotel, he admitted to having sent the image and having and to having inappropriate online exchanges with at least six women.
Then, as news broke that Weiner had email exchanges with a 17-year-old female, he announced he was seeking treatment. A spokesman for the Brooklyn, N.Y., native said on June 11, “Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person. In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well.
Despite his attempts to smooth over the scandal by seeking “treatment,” pressure on Weiner to leave the House of Representatives snowballed, as top House Democrats, including leader Nancy Pelosi, urged him to step down. And President Barack Obama also suggested it was a smart move to resign.
But according to The New York Times, Weiner has come to terms with his actions. Friends of his told the paper “he has been distraught for much of the past 10 days [but he] seemed at peace with his decision on Wednesday night.”