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
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)

(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."

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Jun 7, 2011 2:41 AM CDT
LOL. Why do they always lie? The more they lie, the more likely they are to get caught- the media being what it is will be relentless, regardless of how important the issue in question is. Just tell the truth in the first place, this whole nonsense goes away. Or at least, it diminishes quicker. Why can't politicians own their sh!t?? I could care less who he tweets pics to, but if your livelihood is dependent on public opinion, you need to make smarter decisions. He didn't break any laws, so I don't see why he should resign- the media is always a circus- but for the love of God, make smarter decisions.
Jun 7, 2011 1:27 AM CDT
"I don’t believe I did anything here that violates any law or violates my oath to my constituents."...Uhmmmmm Ethics?.....Uhmmmmmmmm ....
Jun 6, 2011 11:53 PM CDT
What is fascinating about this situation is the reaction of so many Democratic water carriers. When a member of one particular political party is embroiled in a scandal, he is quickly ostracized as merely a product of a corrupt political system, easily and conveniently discarded or rejected as an exception to the standard. But if the scandal involved a member of another political party, they argue vehemently that he/she is the embodiment of that political party. Politics can be quite a convenient way of coping with reality.