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.