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Rep. Anthony Weiner resigns

By WBFO News


New York, NY – Rep. Anthony Weiner has resigned. Weiner made the announcement during the 2'o'clock hour Thursday.

Weiner appeared at his home district office in New York City.

When he first stepped up to the microphone there were some cheers, but that quickly turned to jeers from others in the audience.

"So today I am announcing my resignation from Congress," said Weiner.

Some of those attending cheered his resignation. One person even shouted "bye bye pervert."

Weiner said he cannot continue in office amid the intense controversy surrounding sexually explicit messages he sent online to several women.

The 46-year-old Democrat apologized again for "the embarrassment that I have caused". He also apologized to his wife, Huma Abedin. She was not with him at the announcement. Weiner said he hoped to continue to fight for the causes dear to his constituents.

Many of his fellow House Democrats have been urging him to do so, amid the fallout from his sexting scandal.

Weiner became embroiled in a scandal over lewd photos and messages sent online to at least six women. During a tearful news conference recently he admitted he had told a series of lies to cover up his bad behavior.

Top Democrats had called for a House ethics probe to see if Weiner had broken any rules, including whether he may have abused his congressional office.