Weiner Resigns Over Sexting Scandal

by George Bodarky
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Anthony Weiner
Azi Paybarah, flickr

The damaged roof holding up Anthony Weiner's political career has collapsed.

New York's 9th congressional district is minus a representative.

Democrat Anthony Weiner resigned Thursday following revelations he exchanged sexually explicit messages and photographs with women he met online.

"I'm here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused," Weiner said reading from a brief statement in Brooklyn.

"I make this apology to my neighbors and my constituents, but I make it particularly to my wife, Huma."  Weiner's wife was not present for the announcement. 

Weiner said his sexting scandal has become too much of a distraction for him to remain in office. He said he would resign "so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative and, most importantly, that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused."

Residents in Weiner's congressional district in Brooklyn and Queens have mixed opinions about his decision.  Some say the scandal is no reflection of his work in Congress and he should have stuck things out.  But, others say it shows a lack of moral character and Weiner made the right decision by stepping down. 

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