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Weiner resigns amid sexting scandal
Apologizes to wife, others for actions
He acknowledged that he initially lied in public to cover his tracks.
Police also have been looking into Mr. Weiner’s reputed contacts with a 17-year-old girl in Delaware, according to news reports.
He has said he is seeking “professional help” and was granted a two-week leave of absence from the House this week.
Mr. Weiner reportedly was reluctant to make a decision about his career without speaking with his wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had been overseas since shortly after the scandal broke, news sources have reported. That trip ended Tuesday night.
A growing chorus of Capitol Hill Democrats were calling for his resignation. They included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
Rep. John B. Larson, Connecticut Democrat, who is House Democratic Caucus chairman, issued a statement saying the congressman “made the decision with the best interest in mind of not just himself, but his family, his constituents and the nation.”
“I think it was just a kind of internal thing, and I think he sincerely was involved with the idea that he’s done big harm to people, including himself,” Mr. Pascrell told reporters at the Capitol. “I think it’s more of a personal thing than him being concerned about his career.”
Mr. Pascrell said it’s premature to consider the New Yorker’s political career over.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea to think about it within the next five years, but who’s to say what can happen in five years?” he said. “So you don’t know.”
“When it comes to forgiving and forgetting, Americans are very good at forgetting,” said Mr. Todtfeld, president of Success In Media, a media consultancy based in New York City.
“In the short term, he has to go and show the public that he’s dealt with his problems, much like an alcohol or a drug addiction. … If he really, truly does that, he can start to make his way back to politics.”
Before the scandal broke, Mr. Weiner had been a subject of speculation involving the 2013 New York City mayoral race. He was re-elected to a seventh term in November with 61 percent of the vote.
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