Congressman Weiner Announces Resignation

New York Representative Anthony Weiner has officially announced his resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives in a speech around 1:45 PM this afternoon.

The seven-term Democrat, who represented Queens and Brooklyn areas, ended his career as a leading liberal voice in Washington amidst scandalous accusations he sent lewd photos and sexually charged online messages to at least six women.

Weiner offered his apologies for his conduct after he announced last week he had lied about the allegations. Since then, his colleagues have urged him to resign or face a House ethics probe to see if he had broken any congressional rules.

During his resignation announcement in New York, Weiner explained, "I'm here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused. I make this apology to my neighbors and my constituents but I make it particularly to my wife, Huma. I hoped to be able to continue the work that the citizens of my district elected me to do. To fight for the middle class and those struggling to make it. Unfortunately, the distraction that I have created had made that impossible. So today I'm announcing my resignation from Congress. So my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative, and most importantly, that my wife and I can continue to deal from the damage I have caused. To repeat, most importantly, most importantly, so that I can continue to heal from that damage that I have caused."