Rep. Anthony Weiner Exits Congress Amid Rancor
At the senior center in Brooklyn where he launched his political career twenty years ago, embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner finally resigned his Congressional seat today following a sexting scandal that had dragged on since late last month.
Weiner made his much-anticipated announcement in the center in the district he has represented for two decades. The press conference was interrupted by a heckler who was eventually removed by police. Many in the audience booed the man as he tried to speak, and Weiner was almost drowned out. The congressman took no notice of the heckler.
Weiner’s resignation came after repeated calls from top Democrats for him to resign.
“At least the nightmare is over,” one source close to Weiner said, according to the Huffington Post.
The “nightmare” started for the congressman and his wife, Huma Abedin, on May 28, when the conservative blog Big Government published a suggestive picture of Weiner that the congressman accidentally published on his twitter account. Weiner quickly took it off the page, but by then the photo had hit the Internet. In the following weeks, several women stepped forward and said they had gotten suggestive texts from Weiner, while an X-rated Facebook exchange between Weiner and a Las Vegas casino employee was published.
Abedin, who’s been married to Weiner for less than a year, is pregnant with the couple’s first child. She is a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The resignation clears the way for a special election that must be called by Gov. Andrew Cuomo within 90 days.