Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned from office Thursday, saying, “Unfortunately, the distraction that I have created” has made it “impossible” to continue his work in Congress.
Weiner apologized “for the personal mistakes I have made and for the embarrassment I have caused” to his neighbors, his constituents, and his wife. Some House colleagues from New York had offered their farewells to Weiner even before he met the news media on Thursday afternoon. “There is life after Congress for Anthony Weiner and I hope he devotes himself to repairing the damage he caused to his personal life,” said Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey, who attended the congressman’s wedding last year to Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Republican Rep. Peter King, who once engaged in a shouting match with Weiner on the House floor, said Weiner had to resign because he would now be ineffective in Congress.
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.” -CNN