Monday, June 06, 2011

Anthony Weiner admits to sending adult pictures via Twitter, will not resign

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D - NY 9th) today admitted that he had sent adult photos of himself to several women he had contacted through Twitter. Weiner told reporters he would not resign.

Weiner's admission came after ten days of denials after he was outed by Andrew Breitbart, a right-wing activist with a previous record of doctoring video and photos. The fact that it was Breitbart that produced the Weiner photos caused many to doubt the veracity of the story and to accept Weiner's denials. Weiner's story collapsed this morning when Breitbart was able to produce additional incriminating photographs.

It is unclear whether Weiner will be able to ride out this controversy. Along with the questionable judgement displayed by Weiner in sending the photos via the internet, there is also the question of his denials. In July 2007, Senator David Vitter (R - LA) admitted to having used a prostitution service on several occasions. Vitter refused to resign and was subsequently re-elected to his seat in 2010. After his apology, Vitter received a standing ovation from his Republican Senate colleagues. Weiner is up for re-election, along with the rest of the House of Representatives, in November 2012.

Update: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for an ethics investigation of Representative Weiner.

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