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Whether it be Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn or the various social networks that make life so simple for so many, a fully exposed Anthony Weiner has finally come clean.
Taking a page from the Bill Clinton playbook on womanizing, a tearful Anthony Weiner exposed all and admitted sending a lewd “brief” photograph over Twitter to a young woman while repeatedly lying to cover himself.
The confession at a packed Manhattan news conference Monday was a remarkable turn of events for Weiner, a married man who conceded to a “hugely regrettable” lapse in judgment. “I haven’t told the truth and have done things I deeply regret,” he said. “I brought pain to people I care about.”
Not making a big deal over the lapse in judgment, the outspoken liberal congressman defiantly refused to resign even after Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called for an ethics investigation into whether Weiner broke House rules. Insisting that he would cooperate with a House ethics inquiry, Weiner reiterated that he had done nothing wrong or improper.
Reflecting an erosion of support for the 46-year-old New York congressman, House Democratic leaders tersely expressed disappointment and embarrassment. Doubts whether Weiner could hold onto his House seat or continue his bid for New York City mayor in 2013 is an expression of many.
“People who draw conclusions about me are free to do so,” Weiner said. “I’ve worked for the people of my district for 13 years and in politics for 20 years and I hope they see fit to see this in the light that it is.”
Attempting to rise above media reports of other inappropriate relationships, Weiner acknowledged that he had engaged in contact with six women over three years through Twitter and Facebook and occasionally over the phone.
Weiner stated that he never met or had a physical relationship with any of the women and was not even sure of their ages. He also insisted that he never had an extramarital affair.
Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart had posted photos of Weiner on his BigGovernment.com website indicating they were in a cache of intimate online photograph’s, email and chat exchanges between the congressman and several unidentified women.
Before the planned news conference, Breitbart took to Weiner’s podium and defended the accuracy of his posts stating that his reputation was being smeared by the congressman. Weiner subsequently apologized to Breitbart.
The celebrity website RadarOnline.com also reported that a woman claimed to have received 200 sexually explicit messages from Weiner through a Facebook account that he no longer uses.
The photo of a shirtless Weiner was reminiscent of former Rep. Chris Lee; the New York Republican who resigned from office earlier this year after a shirtless photo he sent a woman on Craigslist became public.
Before getting married last July to Huma Abedin, a Hillary Rodham Clinton aide, Weiner, at 46 years old, had been one of New York City’s most eligible bachelors. In a strange twist, former President Bill Clinton officiated over the Weiner nuptials.
Weiner began his career as a legislative assistant to then-Rep. Chuck Schumer, who is now New York’s senior senator. He was elected to the New York City Council before winning Schumer’s House seat in 1998, representing parts of Brooklyn and Queens. Ironically, Weiner’s seat is predominantly Republican.
Weiner had initially gained a national profile during the debate over President Barack Obama’s health care plan when he outspokenly professed support for a government-run program which would cover all Americans and later a “public option” to compete with private health insurance.
Now all that remains is for Weiner to fade and droop away from Congress.