New York’s 9th Congressional District will be searching for a new voice today. Embattled Congressman, Anthony Weiner, held a press conference today to announce his resignation saying, “I had hoped to be able to continue the work that the citizens of my district elected me to do, to fight for the middle class and those struggling to make it. But unfortunately the distraction that I have created has made that impossible.”
Weiner had been under pressure from colleagues in Congress to step down after it was discovered he used his Twitter account to interact with a minor while sending multiple lewd photographs of himself.
Weiner has been a popular figure among progressives for his fiery personality and strong support of health care reform. Weiner is best remembered for his constant battles against House Republicans. There has been no news out of New York as to when a special election would take place.
Earlier this week President Obama joined the calls for Weiner’s resignation saying, “I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign.”
Weiner is married to Huma Abedin, an aide for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
We’ll have more as news comes in.