Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-Queens and Brooklyn) announced his resignation from office at the Council Center for Seniors in Brooklyn today.
Cameras flashed and observers cheered as Weiner entered the room and stepped up to the podium to address the people. He began by saying, “Twenty years ago, in this same room, I asked for help to be elected to City Council.” Now, Weiner’s career has truly come full circle.
Throughout his speech, Weiner stated he had wanted to continue to serve his community, but the “distraction” he created by distributing raunchy photos of himself and engaging in sexual conversations with women online would not allow him to do so. “I want to heal from the damage I’ve caused,” said Weiner, as a heckler in the audience screamed out sarcastic remarks about the scandal that caused this chaos. The disruptive heckler, who was later found to be from the Howard Stern Show, wasn’t removed from the audience until Weiner was exiting the room after his address.
“I apologize for the personal mistakes I’ve made and the damage done to my neighbors, constituents, and wife,” said Weiner, who was in the middle of his seventh term. Before he concluded his terse four-minute speech, Weiner thanked the hard-working people of the 9th Congressional District for their support, his parents for the values they instilled in him from childhood, and his wife, Huma Abedin, for always being by his side. Abedin was not present at the conference today.