Embattled former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) resigned in disgrace Thursday, weeks after he accidentally sent a photo of his genitals to followers on the Internet microblogging service Twitter.
After more than a week of insisting his computers had been “hacked,” the congressman admitted to taking and sending the photo. It wasn’t long until Weiner was revealed to have carried on relationships with “several” women via Facebook, sending them sexually explicit messages and images of himself in compromising poses.
Though he initially resisted resignation, a steady parade of lewd photos, salacious personal revelations and political allies calling for him to quit apparently wore down his will to continue.
Weiner’s opening remarks Thursday reflected on his personal history in politics, and his wish to “apologize for the personal mistakes that I have made.”
“I had hoped to be able to continue the work that the citizens of my district invited me to do,” he said. “Unfortunately the distraction I have created has made that impossible. So today I am announcing my resignation from congress.”
The press conference went awry, however, when a heckler began shouting lewd questions at Weiner, asking him if he was “more than seven inches” and calling him a “pervert.”
The heckler became so persistent that at one point NBC News anchor Brian Williams interrupted the broadcast, cautioning viewers that it had become “something of a circus.”
Returning to the press conference, Weiner was giving his closing remarks: “With God’s help and hard work, we will all be successful.”
And with that, he left the stage.
Watch this video from CNN’s Newsroom, uploaded June 16, 2011.
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