Thursday, June 16, 2011
Weiner finally calls it quits. Stepping down today!
Weiner is finally heeding calls from President Barack Hussein Obama, D-Kenya, House Speaker John Boehner R-OH, and many others to finally give up his seat.
This should end the three weeks of political controversy that began when the New York congressman sent a lewd picture of himself to a female friend.
At first he claimed this was a result of a hack, and later finally admitted he had sent himself.
Weiner's decision comes after days of mounting pressure from congressional Democrats following his embarrassing admission of risque online chats and photo swaps with multiple women after first lying about it.
More photos have since become public, including one of his naked genitals and others of him posing in the House gym. Another photo has emerged of him cross-dressing while younger.
For a week, he claimed he had been “hacked,” but at a tear-filled press conference last week he but at a tear-filled press conference last week he admitted that he had intended to send the photo to a Seattle college student and that he had sent that and other racy photos to at least six women over the last three years.
Weiner, a protege of Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, was a major presence on cable news in recent years and a growing force in liberal politics back home in NYC.
According to two sources, Weiner made up his mind to resign Wednesday night, and shortly after began making calls to inform them of his decision. Weiner called DCCC chair Steve Israel on Wednesday night at the White House picnic to inform him and Pelosi that he had decided to resign on Thursday.
House Democrats were set to strip Weiner of his committee assignments on Thursday morning, though they were not officially informed before a meeting in the Capitol Thursday morning with a White House liaison.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-FL, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, said she had no comment about the resignation and only knew what she read on her BlackBerry.
Weiner’s resignation comes after his wife Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, returned from a week-long trip to Africa with her boss. Weiner had said he would wait until Abedin returned.
The resignation caps an almost three-week frenzy that began when a photo of a man’s crotch was posted publicly on his Twitter account.
Posted by Marty4650 at 11:16 AM