Weiner Resigns

by Daniel Foster

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 the 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.

DCCC chairman Steve Israel released this statement:

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.

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