Rep. Weiner steps down amid sexting scandal

Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) announced his resignation from Congress today in the wake of a scandal involving sexually explicit online exchanges with several women.Weiner resigned at a Brooklyn senior counseling center in his 9th Congressional District after two weeks of mounting pressure from his colleagues and constituents. His announcement, which lasted only about four minutes, was repeatedly interrupted by hecklers and radio shock jocks. "I'm here again to apologize for the embarrassment I have caused," Weiner said. "I make this apology to my neighbors, my constituents, but I make it particularly to my wife, Huma." Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, is a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and reportedly three months pregnant with the couple's first child. Abedin was not present at her husband's resignation. The 46-year-old now-former congressman says his resignation represents a temporary break from a life of public service. "I will be looking for other ways to contribute my talents, to make sure that we live up to that most New York and American of ideals," he said. For Rep. Weiner's resignation announcement, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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