After days spent denying that he tweeted a photo of his underwear-clad “member” to a follower of his on Twitter, Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner finally confessed he did send the photo. In addition to admitting he sent the photo, Rep. Weiner also admitted to “inappropriate” exchanges with “about six women” (though for all we know there could be more) before and after he got married last year. While admitting to his behavior and to lying about it, Rep. Weiner was adamant that he would not resign his seat in the House of Representatives.
During his statement, Rep. Weiner said he used his home computer and personal Blackberry – and not government computers – in his exchanges with the women, but House rules say a member “shall conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.” Despite Rep. Weiner’s statement that he did not use government computers in his exchanges with the women, shortly after Weiner’s statement House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for an ethics committee investigation into whether Weiner’s behavior broke any House rules.
Here’s some video of Rep. Weiner’s press conference:
I’m not entirely sure what’s worse; the fact that Anthony Weiner sent a picture of his junk to a random woman on Twitter – not to mention the “inappropriate” communications he had with other women over the past few years – or the fact that Weiner lied repeatedly about what he had done. While I’m glad Rep. Weiner finally came clean and apologized for what he has done, the reality here is that the only reason he apologized is because he got caught and couldn’t spin his way out of trouble.
So what do you think; should Rep. Weiner have resigned his office? Is his political career for all intents and purposes over?