Rep. Anthony Weiner! What about his X-rated texting and X-rated chatting? What is the representative thinking? Why would the New York lawmaker act in such an irresponsible manner? Should he resign? Let me see...
First of All, What Did Weiner Do?
Weiner admitted that he'd spent the past three years sending and receiving dirty online chat messages from six women. Some of those sessions included the exchange of X-rated photos -- including one featuring Weiner's penis -- and lewd messages.
Weiner acknowledged he had exchanged online messages with a 17-year-old girl in the state of Delaware. He said nothing improper had passed between the two of them. Nor was there even an allegation that Weiner had a physical relationship with any of the women with whom he maintained virtual relationships. That made his case a departure from the norm, a sex scandal without sex. ("Weiner Seeks Treatment, Leave of Absence From the House," Today News, Associated Press, June 11 2011)
According to Weiner, some of the X-rated online chat sessions took place after his marriage last July to Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Since Weiner's admission, five women have emerged, detailing how they friended the congressman on Facebook and carried on dirty chat sessions with him. (Kevin Fasick and Clemente List, "Weiner Says He Has No Plans to Resign Following Sexting Scandal," New York Post, June 9 2011)
Just recently more photos surfaced that show Weiner standing in front of a mirror, his BlackBerry pointed forward snapping shots of bare chest, often with just a towel draped over his genitals. There are also shots of him in the middle of the exercise room, with empty elliptical trainers behind him. (Jake Sherman and Jonathan Allen, "More Anthony Weiner Photos Surface Online," www.politico.com, June 12, 2011)
For more than a week (May, 2011), Weiner lied about his online habits, claiming that a picture of him in his boxer-briefs posted online under his account was the work of a hacker or prankster.
Weiner even joked about the account being hacking on Twitter, asking whether his kitchen blender would be next to "attack" him.
Ultimately, he owned up to having posted the picture of himself. He said this was an inadvertent airing of an image that was meant to be sent directly to another Twitter user.
Weiner Is Sorry
"As I said when I spoke at the press conference on Monday (June 6) that I exchanged inappropriate things with people and, I think that I've now got to deal with those consequences," he added.
"I was completely honest on Monday after I hadn't been for a while," Weiner said outside his lawyer's office in Midtown.
Weiner has decided to take a leave of absence and seek professional treatment while he charts his next move.
"Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person," Weiner spokeswoman Risa Heller said in a statement. "In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well. ("Weiner Seeks Leave of Absence For Treatment Amid More Resignation Calls," Fox News, June 11 2011)
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