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Weiner is Out


The New York Times reports:

WASHINGTON — Representative Anthony D. Weiner has told friends that he plans to resign his seat after coming under growing pressure from his Democratic colleagues to leave the House in the wake of revelations of his lewd online exchanges with women, said a person told of Mr. Weiner’s plans.

The news comes as Democratic leaders prepared to hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss whether to strip the 46-year-old Congressman of his committee assignments, a blow which would severely damage his effectiveness.

Mr. Weiner, a Democrat, came to the conclusion that he could no longer serve after having long discussions with his wife,  Huma Abedin, when she returned home on Tuesday after traveling abroad with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Pressure on Mr. Weiner to leave the House has been building for days, with top House Democrats, including Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader, coming forward over the weekend publicly urge him to spare himself, his family and his party any more embarrassment.

More here.

UPDATE: NBC’s Luke Russert reports that Weiner’s staffers have closed up shop, fleeing the congressman’s office with their belongings.

UPDATE II: On the second floor of the Sheepshead Bay senior center where he launched his mayoral bid in 2005, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.) today announced his resignation.

In a brief statement Weiner apologized again to his wife and to his constituents, saying that while he had hoped to carry on in the House, “the distraction I created” made that impossible. 

Upon taking stage Weiner enjoyed a smattering of applause from some local seniors, but his statement was twice interrupted by a heckler shouting lewd questions. The jester was eventually shouted down.

UPDATE III: Rep. Steve Israel (D., N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, issued the following statement in response, which pretty much lays bare the primary, if only, motivation among Democrats calling for him to step down:

Anthony’s decision to resign is right for him and his family, our party, and our country because we have serious work to do in Congress. Last week Republican leaders introduced a bill to privatize Social Security, and the American people deserve an undistracted debate on it, Medicare, jobs, and other important issues.

Party before country.


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