Weiner finally resigns

Weiner finally resigns

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Jun 16, 2011 at 3:53 PM PDT
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Rep. Anthony Weiner could not survive the immense political pressure and announced on Thursday afternoon that he was resigning from Congress.

"I am here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made, and the embarrassment I have cost," said Weiner, 46, whose departure makes him the first congressman to step down over indiscretions on Twitter.

"I had hoped to be able to continue the work that the citizens of my district elected me to do," said Weiner, speaking in the same Brooklyn senior center. "Unfortunately, the distraction that I have created made that impossible. So today I am announcing my resignation from Congress.”

Weiner was honored with huge applause when he entered the hall for the press conference. But during his conference he was repeatedly heckled by Benjy Bronk, the writer from shock jock Howard Stern. Bronk repeatedly insulted him by calling him names like “Pervert” and “Sick”. Even amidst the disturbance in the hall, Weiner continued his speech and quit from congress. The heckler interrupted Mr. Weiner's announcement, yelling: "Goodbye pervert."

Weiner had been under pressure ever since the revelation of his online chats with women to whom he sent his lewd photos. The pictures which were released by BigGovernment.com, first created havoc in the life of the former rep. but unfortunately, matter became worse for him, when U.S. President Barrack Obama in a speech mentioned that he would have quit had he been in place of Mr. Weiner. Thus the immense pressure made it impossible for the rising star of Democratic Party to continue serving Congress.

The response to Weiner’s resignation was, however, encouraging. According to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, "Congressman Weiner exercised poor judgment in his actions and poor judgment in his reaction to the revelations. Today, he made the right judgment in resigning."

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer shared, "Weiner was an effective and passionate advocate for the people he represented in Brooklyn and Queens who "served his community, city, and country well for over two decades."

Democratic Rep. Steve Israel, D-New York, issued a statement saying that Weiner's decision to resign "is right for him and his family, our party, and our country because we have serious work to do in Congress."

Republican Rep. Peter King called Weiner "talented" and said, "I always felt he was so ambitious, so driven to succeed, that apart from morality or anything else, that he would never leave himself so exposed, as he's done, so literally."

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