After repeatedly dismissing calls to leave office in the midst of revelations that he had inappropriately texted several young women, U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned today. The press conference was held in Sheepshead Bay at the Council Center For Senior Citizens (1001 Quentin Road), the place where almost twenty years ago Weiner had launched his political career when he announced a run for City Council representing the 48th District. Weiner took time to apologize to both his wife and brother and was reportedly asked obscene questions by Benjy Bronk from the Howard Stern Show.
From The New York Times:
Mr. Weiner announced his resignation in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, at a senior center where he announced his first campaign for City Council in 1991. But while that moment was filled with promise and excitement, his resignation occurred in a raucous and circuslike atmosphere, punctuated by shouting from a group of hecklers.
Mr. Weiner tried to deliver his brief statement in a restrained manner, but struggled to be heard above the din of the hecklers, some of whom shouted vulgarities and one of whom called him a “pervert.”
The departing congressman, who did not take any questions, said he had been proud to serve the people of his district who “represent the same middle class story as mine.” He said he was stepping down so that he could “continue to heal from the damage I have caused.”
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