Weiner to resign after sexting scandal, source says
June 16th, 2011
09:56 AM ET

Weiner to resign after sexting scandal, source says

Rep. Anthony Weiner plans to resign from Congress in the wake of a "sexting" scandal with several women and lies he repeatedly told about it, a Democratic source with knowledge of Weiner's plans said Thursday.

Weiner, 46, was considered a possible front-runner to succeed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2013 until the revelation of his online communications, including lewd photos of himself he sent to women he befriended on Facebook and Twitter.

Last year, Weiner married Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton in the White House, Senate and now in the State Department. Former President Bill Clinton officiated the ceremony, and Abedin is pregnant with the couple's first child.

First elected to the House in 1998 after his political mentor, then-Rep. Chuck Schumer, decided to run for the Senate, Weiner has been a reliable liberal voice for the solidly Democratic 9th District, encompassing parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

Weiner basically ran unopposed in 2006 and 2008 and won by 22 points over his Republican opponent in 2010, easily avoiding the GOP tidal wave that swept over the House.

As a politician, Weiner fully embraced social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, using the platforms to unleash his comedic take on life and politics.

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  1. lsmkw7

    Too much coverage (on CNN cable)...can you please move on to the admittedly trivial stories of wars, economy, California passing a balanced budget and global warming? Weiner on CNN has turned into a daytime soap.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Perry White

      This guy weiner or whatever his name is...is nothing but a horn dog who got caught on the web doing what every young white american does on the internet in this country in his or her spare time during the day. Its no surprise he gets whats coming to him...he should resign or they should have fired him without pay.

      June 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chun

      i agree, let him disappear, he is not worthy for anybody's time

      June 28, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • dr. myles

      i agree. we need to ban every white male in this country. god.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It really wasn't that big of a deal.
    Why does he have to quit?
    @ CNnNC: good one.

    June 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. philsphan

    Joey, judging by your post, you're the A-typical Italian mook. Why does he have to quit? Well let's think about this; A: He lied to the American public when he first said that the pictures were not of him, B: He lied to his new, pregnant wife, C: He sent lewd pictures to a minor, D: He did most of these things on taxpayer time. Do you really want an immoral, sophmoric liar in office? I for one do not.

    June 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      First of all, from what I've heard the people he sent pictures to were college students; not likely minors. Second, your assumption that "he did most of these things on taxpayer time" is just that, an assumption. He represented his district well, as his consistent re-elections show. I'm not saying he did the right thing, but many politicians have done worse and remained in office.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Heather

    This is so sad that we push out someone that dedicates his life to public service over something so stupid. Who cares!!!

    June 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sandyk

    My husband cheated on me and it was a long road back we both had to look at what part we played. and I did NOT like shedding my `victim` skin and see what a overbearing woman I was too. No Excuse for him and he had to do some stuff too. all that to say WOW life is great now. No way would i want all our crap to be in the public eye YIKES. they need to take some real time and sort this out and their jobs might have to take a back seat

    June 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @sandyk: does he not owe the people of new york, who elected him to represent them? Whatever happened to state's, or citizen's, rights?

      Hasn't anyone's personal lives ever gone to pot, but as long as we had the job – all was well.

      I think by quitting, he let alot of people down. Not me.. But ain't right.

      June 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Raymond

    "As a politician, Weiner fully embraced social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, using the platforms to unleash his comedic take on life and politics."

    That's not all he unleashed!

    June 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy



    Your post made me laugh my ass off...not the entire post, because it reflects your opinion, which is fine; but the first line, in which you couldn't be more wrong if you had intentionally set out to do so.

    NEVER judge a book by its cover, and NEVER judge a person by their user name.


    We do know this: he knows nothing about you...or cars.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Raphias

    Its a shame and a real loss for the party.

    But his actions were abhorrent and unacceptable.

    "To whom much is given-much is expected."

    June 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @raphias: is he your representative in congress? If not, what's it to ya? Have you never heard of a running joke? His name is Wiener. This is too good?

      June 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    Seems to me it's up to the people he represents. So what do we, the vast majority of Americans, tell them now – 'sorry, you'll have to be unrepresented until you find someone else more to our liking'?

    I've known many working guys that lost their wives and families, yet keep their jobs. Kids gotta eat..

    I think it's lame he quit over this. The difference between a winner and a loser i think.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      What if they'd have elected ron jeremy? Would he be barred from public service?

      June 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Maria

    CNN, please stop replaying the Weiner stor over and over. We all know by now the whole story. The guy has resigned , please move on. I can't take this anymore...I am changing channels if I see the recap of the whole story again. Thanks.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gung hoe

    After reading all yalls post your making him out to be some sort of saint or something if old weiner boy had been a oh ghastly republican you people wouldve wanted him strung up by his weiner i do have a suggestion for mr and mrs weiner when she has their baby hopfully they have a boy they could name him dick or a girl sandy sucks

    June 16, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Adam Holladay

    Was Congressmans Weiner's actions illegal? Were these same actions that he committed done so ON DUTY or ON FEDERAL GROUNDS? If he commited these actions OFF duty or OFF Federal Grounds or ON duty or ON federal grounds, what about the Code Of Conduct rules that all congressmans must follow? As a federal employee for 20 years I am held FULLY ACCOUNTABLE for my conduct ON and OFF duty. If I do something eroneous then I will be investigated by internal AND external sources within the agency that I work. If I am found guilty of a code of conduct violation then I will face disciplinary actions, to INCLUDE TERMINATION. Should our elected leaders in congress be held to a higher standard than the average government employee? If not,....then who cares what ANY of our congressional leaders do ON or OFF duty.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lily

    It's a tragedy. He made foolish mistakes and he has to pay a high price.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jamie

    I will not ever forget that this was really all brought on by Dana Bash from CNN,i love cnn and always will but i have got to tell you that Dana Bash was a big star in all this.She would not get out of his face about it,she would not let up when he asked over and over again to left alone.Weiner was a real good man for congress and he was crucified for no reason.His Personal life has and had nothing to do with the country his district or congress,im sorry to say but yes CNN had alot to do with destroying this man career. I will not ever forget watching CNN the day this all started and it was Dana Bash and some other guy hounding this man,and then wolf blitzer woulndt lay of him either.I will always watch CNN but have lostall respect for Dana Bash and Wolf Blitzer,so sad how you destroyed his career over nothing,just nothing at all, except maybe a story and your own paycheck,Weiner was a good guy you all destroyed for nothing!!!

    June 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Raquel

    For this to happen to Mr. Weiner is deplorable after what was accepted of William Clinton as president of the USA. Clinton should step up and apologize that he has led many poloticians down the wrong path by his indulgences with the Intern.THEN LIED TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. I would accept Mr. Weiner over the slimy Clintons anytime. This is too bad that Mr. Weiner has so little self esteem but to accept the Clintons and them coddled by the Democratic party is disgusting.Mrs. Weiner is Mrs. Clintons foot scrapper. I hope Mrs Weiner stands by her husband and comes out with the topic of why the Democrats tolerated the Clintons and not another representative of their party.

    June 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
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