Congressman Anthony Weiner will announce his resignation from his seat in Congress at a press conference later today. We’ve heard that the press conference will take place in Sheepshead Bay, where Weiner first began his career as an elected official when he snagged the City Council seat currently occupied by Michael Nelson.

From Politico:

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) will resign from his seat in Congress, heeding calls from President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and dozens of other congressional Democrats, sources confirm to POLITICO. The resignation ends nearly three weeks of tumultuous political controversy since the New York congressman sent a lewd picture of himself over Twitter which he claimed at first was a result of a hack, and later admitted he had sent himself.

According to two sources, Weiner made up his mind to resign Wednesday night, and shortly after began making calls to inform them of his decision. Weiner called DCCC chair Steve Israel — who had also called for his resignation — on Wednesday night at the White House picnic to inform him and Pelosi that he had decided to resign on Thursday.

House Democrats were set to strip Weiner of his committee assignments on Thursday morning, though they were not officially informed before a meeting in the Capitol Thursday morning with a White House liaison. But the news spread quickly following media reports.

… Weiner’s resignation comes after his wife Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, returned from a week-long trip to Africa with her boss. Weiner had said he would wait until Abedin returned before making a final decision on his plans. She returned home early Wednesday.

 

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Congratulations to so many for this. People have done far more with less consequence. I blame irresponsible journalism, and politicians that allow their choices to be made by what they read in the papers and see on television.

    As much as I do not like Weiner I am appalled by this.

    • Anonymous

      it’s just too easy for the media to cintinue writing stuff. They have plenty of ammo and the name doesn’t hurt either. Readers and viewers eat this crap up. The headline on the 1010 WINS site is Weiner Pulls Out. They just can’t resist it.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

        So much for responsible journalism.

    • http://twitter.com/mementofelis Sarah Elizabeth

      I went, and the media were terrible towards the senior citizens who attended.  The reporters were gleeful about this.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

        So many media people are immature to the point where if I didn’t separate that from the content I wouldn’t believe anything I read. I’ve seen it first hand.

        Even Times reporters and support people can be horrible children.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Congratulations to so many for this. People have done far more with less consequence. I blame irresponsible journalism, and politicians that allow their choices to be made by what they read in the papers and see on television.

    As much as I do not like Weiner I am appalled by this.

  • Howard from Midwood

    Good riddance to a looney leftist who was just a loud party apparatchik with no original or free market ideas.
    If he were a conservative republican, he would have been gone weeks ago.  

    • levp

      That’s right.  I also think that a Green Party candidate would be better for 9th District.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

        Third parties in the United States never become real contenders. The only 3rd party I can think of that had any success were the Progressives, but even they lacked the ability to continue to make gains.

        They do have the role of starting dialog on issues the major parties won’t discuss.

        • levp

          Canadians can do it, maybe we can too…
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Democratic_Party

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

            You know how their system works. And of course, the NDP and the Liberals are very often on the same page, though the NDP is more likely to propose forward moving legislation, which the Liberal Party may be slow in joining to sponsor its passage.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      Because conservative Republicans are a bunch of sanctimonious hypocrites?

    • Guest

      While I disagree with your opinion on Weiner, you are certainly entitled to it. But, if he were a conservative republican he would NOT have been gone. What probably would have happened is that he would have been made fun of by Letterman, Leno, Conan, Stewart, Colbert, Maher and the other late night host. Fox news would have said they don’t know what the big ordeal is and brought up Bill Clintion. This issue probably would have been ignored after the first day and life would have continued on.

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

    Isn’t it great when Democracy gets subverted and tossed out the window? 

  • Eminem

    i guess when  the president just about tells you to resign, the jig is up… I’m sure the Democratic politicians took the appropriate polls, and determined that it was in their own best interest that he resign, and for no other reason. I get the feeling that murder could be committed; but if the polls show it helps, they’ll back the person.

       I’d feel bad for the guy (even though i disagree  100% with his politics) if only he had been more classy, more modest. To me, he represented that typical modern media spectacle: an  in-your-face, I-am-loud-so-I-am-right, give-me-respect-but-I-ain’t-giving-any type of person.  Lord knows why people find this behavior desirable, cute, funny, or even acceptable. I guess i’m really old-fashioned, to me it’s putrid behavior. And probably it’s this very behavior that made Weiner think he could behave in such a way, lie about it, and not suffer any consequences.

        You know what may happen, the country may start electing more women to elected office in the future. will be interesting if a female candidate uses things like this in a campaign.

  • Old Sheepshead Hand

    And the damndest shame is that no politician will learn from this as it takes an ego on the scale of a psych disorder to be a politician.

    The way this district is shaping up, sheepshead bay’s next congressman will be some crypto-fascist right wing jack booted thug. Hopefully however it will just be another big machine special interest patronage friendly democrat AM I RIGHT?!

  • Abc

    what’s the address? is it open to the public

  • Anonymous

    Ned, you have to get in! Show them your journalist pass and then yell questions.

    Question 1: Are you sure your are Jewish because your cock says otherwise?
    Question 2: Were you fully erect when the picture was taken? (thank you Benjy for this one)
     

  • BayResident

    I’m not sure I want to go into a long rant, as I’m sure others here will do it for me, but is this seriously happening? The man is losing something he’s worked his entire life for over a couple of pictures on Twitter? Honestly, fuck everything about this including Obama and his cronies. I truly hope that Wiener bounces back and finds a way to continue doing what, its hard to deny, is his life’s passion.This is insane, and I can’t get over it. Is everyone absolutely blind, or is all of Congress sitting there chuckling as they count up the number of much more blatant and much more serious lies that they have gotten away with?
    Fuck Obama, fuck Boehner, and definitly fuck Pelosi. Fuck everyone who sat around and said nothing as this happened and last, but certianly not least, fuck the media who devoted more resources to this then exposing Charles Rangel’s corruption (who by the way, is still in office in case you forgot).

  • Anonymous

    Scratch that post,

    Wiener is an idiot for resigning something he’s worked all his life for.

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  • anonymous

    Does anyone know where he is going to be speaking?

  • Guest

    This is a disgrace. This is what the wacko far right wingers wanted. This is what Andrew Breitbart wanted. Obama should have stayed out of this. All the damn pussy democrats should have stayed out of this. The reason the media got all worked up in part is because Anthony Weiner was a smart man, probably smarter then many of them. That scares them. He did his job and did/does it well. Why has none of that been reported? The entire media circus was like a 10 year old covering this “story”. The entire news industry has become the national enquirer. Everyone in this day and age post pictures of their penises and vaginas on the internet.

    I don’t think I want to vote anymore. All the good guys don’t get in or can’t stay in. The president whom I voted for keeps pandering to the conservatives. They are not going to change their views, stop caring about them. Do what is right for this country. Stay out of local politics. If Obama keeps his mouth shut on this, Weiner probably would have stayed. I would have liked to see Weiner as mayor, he is a great politician. It amazes me that people that didn’t even know who he was were now calling for his head. Hipsters were calling for his head because of his stance on those bike lanes that have destroyed so much of this borough and city. Did anyone stop to see what he has accomplished? Nope.

  • Bear361

    Maybe he can get a job with Spitzer, He’s a TV star now.
    Best of luck to Weiner, He should have known better.

  • Barbara_fortune1031

    Like on a report card, “He doesn’t play well with others.” That is the comment must use to describe Anthony. Neither do I. I have been convicted, corporately, of misdeeds many times because I am independent. Luckily for me I had a civil service job. All they could do was have my job location changed.

     I have known Anthony personality, he never responds to me when we meet on the street. I have not voted for him since he became arrogant.

    Those thoughts aside, he actually did not have sexual, or physical contact with the recipients of his messages. No he did not act properly. At the same time people who did actually did much worse have not been forced out of office for acting stupid.

    As people frequently quote, “Those without sin, cast the first stone.” I have plenty of sins. Anthony, Don’t hand in your resignation. Your independence has caused your problem. They want you to be part of the herd. Refocus. Take time to think this out  when the smoke clears. What did you do so terribly, that your colleagues didn’t do worse. 

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      Too late now, I guess. 

      As you have probably figured out by now we are dealing with someone who is fighting a lot of demons. it’s really unfortunate. But he’s got to work these things out. All we can do is not engage in judging him.