Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York) admitted on Monday afternoon to a “deep personal failing” that led him to post and send lewd photos of himself via Twitter. At a press conference in New York, the Democrat also admitted to conducting inappropriate relationships online with approximately six women before and after his marriage last July to Huma Abedin, who works for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He also said that he’d never personally met any of the women to whom the photos were sent.
“I have made terrible mistakes and I’m terribly sorry. I'm deeply ashamed of my terrible judgment and actions,” he said repeatedly, though he also stated he has no intention of resigning from office.
Soon after Weiner’s confession, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that she is calling for an ethics investigation of the matter.
“I am deeply disappointed and saddened about this situation, for Anthony’s wife, Huma, his family, his staff and his constituents,” Pelosi said in a statement. “I am calling for an Ethics Committee investigation to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred.”
Weiner, who sniffled and gulped water throughout the press conference, said that he’s never met any of the women with whom he communicated in person, which led reporters to question whether any of them could possibly have been underage. He does not know, but said that to the best of his knowledge they were all adults and engaged in the activities consensually.
Last week, Capitol Hill reporters inundated Weiner with questions about a photo of him in his underwear that he’d meant to send to one of his lady friends as a joke but was instead sent to a 21-year-old female college student. He panicked afterward, took it down and then lied about it, saying his account had been hacked.
The press conference took place as details were emerging about his relationship with Megan Broussard, a young, single mother from Texas, who shared many of the details of their “sexually charged electronic relationship” in an interview with ABC News.
Now the question is whether Weiner will be able to hold on to his seat in Congress. One thing is for sure: He can forget about a Weiner for New York City Mayor 2013 campaign.