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Sexting Congressman Anthony Weiner to resign


Sexting Congressman Anthony Weiner to resign

Adam Russett June 16, 2011

It all started with a rather ominous picture sent via Twitter to a 21-year-old college student from New York representative Anthony Weiner's Twitter account. At first, Weiner sought to distance himself from the uproar that followed, decrying the commotion as a distraction from what really mattered. Still, he never gave the media any solid answer as to what had actually happened – and then more pictures started to follow, and women began to step forward who had previously had intimate conversations with Weiner over Facebook or on the phone. 

Immediately, Republicans and Democrats called for Weiner's resignation, but at first it seemed that he would try to weather the storm – and the bad publicity – and test to see if the waters were a little more forgiving in a few days.

However, it seems that something must have changed, because now Weiner is expected to resign today. The revelation comes from top aides, who the Congressman told about his plans. The decision may have been influenced by Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, who just recently came back from a trip overseas with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

President Obama came forward to say that, if he was in Weiner's position, he would step down. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi suggested that Weiner should resign as well, and if he didn't, she was considering stripping him of Congressional committee assignments, according to The New York Times.

This may be the end to a sordid tale, which took a firm hold of the media's attention for the past few days. While the House ethics committee had opened an inquiry into Weiner's conduct, his resignation should end the investigation, because the group only has the power to evaluate members of Congress.