Weiner: I Sent It, I'm Sorry, and I'm Not Quitting

NY rep admits sending photo, having risque chats at press conference

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 6, 2011 3:49 PM CDT

(Newser) – A teary Anthony Weiner ate his humble pie today, apologizing profusely to his wife and admitting at a press conference (after Andrew Breitbart hijacked it) that "the picture was of me, I sent it." The embattled New York rep said he'd had "several inappropriate conversations" with a half-dozen women "I have met online"—adding that the majority were before he was married—but said firmly that he'd never had any physical contact with them. "I will not resign," he said at the end of his statement. "I don’t believe I did anything here that violates any law or violates my oath to my constituents."

Weiner said he intended the crotch shot as a joke, but that "I panicked, I took it down, and said that I had been hacked." Weiner said his motivation was simple, reports MSNBC: "At the end of the day, I lied because I was embarrassed. This isn't anyone else's fault... This was me. I did it. And I take responsibility for it."

Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., waits for an elevator near his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 2, 2011.
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., waits for an elevator near his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 2, 2011.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Rep. Anthony Weiner apologizes for sending lewd photos during a press conference today.
Rep. Anthony Weiner apologizes for sending lewd photos during a press conference today.   (Washingtonpost.com)
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