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Weiner Admits To Lewd Photo; Won't Resign

by Ashwin Bhandari
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Anthony Weiner at a rally.
Nadia Chaudhury, flickr

New York Congressman tearfully admits to sending lewd picture over twitter and several inappropriate online relationships.

A tearful admission Monday afternoon from New York Congressman Anthony Weiner that he did indeed send a racy photo of himself to a college student in Seattle over a week ago.

In fact, the Congressman said he had engaged in inappropriate online relationships with six women over three years.

Weiner said he takes full responsibility for his actions, and aplogized frequently to his wife throughout the press conference. "My primary sense of regret and primary apology goes to my wife" Weiner said before adding, "I should not have done this, and I should have done this while I was married".

Weiner said that he intended the photo that sparked the scandal to be a "private joke" over Twitter. When it was posted publicly to his Twitter timeline, he said he took it down immediately, and lied about it out of "embarrassment".

Weiner married his wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime personal aide to Hillary Clinton, less than a year ago. Abedin did not attend the press conference, but Weiner did say that they have no plans to seperate.

The congressman said he didn't violate any House rules or the constitution with his actions, and therefore will not be resigning, but will work hard to win back the trust of his constituents. 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is calling for an ethics committee investigation to see whether or not Weiner broke House rules. 

 

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