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Anthony Weiner resigns from Congress after sexting scandal
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NEW YORK Over howls from hecklers and cheers from die hard fans, Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress in a brief and raucous news conference that raised more questions than it answered, from the future prospects for the fallen Democratic star and his district to the whereabouts of his wife, who was a no show as her husband's sexting scandal cost him his job.
Ten days after confessing that he had sent sexually provocative online messages to several women,mulberry danmark, Weiner bowed to pressure that peaked this week when President Barack Obama said that if he were in the congressman's position, he would quit. Weiner, who had vowed to stay in office, acknowledged Thursday that the scandal was hampering his, and all of Congress', ability to work.
"I had hoped to be able to continue the work that the citizens of my district had elected me to do: to fight for the middle class and those struggling to make it," Weiner said. "Unfortunately, the distraction I have created has made that impossible."
He spoke for less than five minutes and chose a site heavy in symbolism and nostalgia for his exit: a senior citizens home in Brooklyn where he launched his political career in the early 1990s by announcing his run for City Council. Several elderly residents crowded the sides of the room, which is normally used for meals or social events.
If Weiner thought the location would guarantee a dignified or somber parting, he was wrong. Cheers from supporters competed with shouts from at least two hecklers from the moment he entered the room. One heckler was from How ard Stern's radio show; another screamed, "Bye bye, pervert!"
Speaking without emotion, Weiner apologized again to constituents and to his wife, Huma Abedin,nike air max, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. He did not mention future political goals but said, "Now I'll be looking for other ways to contribute my talents" to bolstering the middle class.
Weiner's future is far from certain.
If he decided to try a political comeback, he would have the means: He has about $5 million in campaign money, nearly all of it in a committee formed for his mayoral bid. The seven term congressman had made clear he planned to run for mayor of New York in 2013.
Members of the New York congressional delegation expressed sadness about their disgraced colleague's fall but optimism about his future.
"There's no doubt in my mind this is not the end of Mr. Weiner," said Rep. "He's a very talented individual,michael kors norge, and he's done a lot of good things."
Towns said he wouldn't rule out a Weiner mayoral candidacy,nike free run.
"There are other people who made mistakes and have bounced back,nike free billige," Towns said. ". . .
"Then you come out; you redeem yourself. You talk a little bit about your experience, how you've seen the error of your ways. People love rebirth in this country," said Gra bowski, noting former Washington Mayor Marion Barry, who was caught on camera smoking crack **** with a prostitute.
"He went to prison, found religion,mulberry, starting singing 'Amazing Grace,' and it worked," Grabowski said.
Grabowski expressed doubts that Weiner, like Barry, could go back into politics because of the repeated lying that preceded his confession. Instead, he suggested Weiner could look toward the career he envisioned in college: as a TV personality.
Weiner is the third member of New York's House delegation to be toppled by a sex scandal in a little more than a year. Democrat Eric Massa stepped down in March 2010 amid allegations of sexual harassment. Republican Chris Lee,mulberry, who is married, resigned in February after he was caught sending shirtless photos to a potential date on Craigslist.
The scandal came as Democrats had landed on what they hope will be the defining issue of the 2012 election cycle: The House GOP plans to turn Medicare into a voucher program. As news of Weiner's decision spread,mulberry tasker, one Democratic aide described the next step in three words: "Refocus on Medicare."
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