Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., called Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Wednesday night while they were at the White House picnic to inform them he had decided to resign on Thursday, senior Democratic sources tell National Journal.
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Weiner, who represented part of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City, was a hero to many liberals and a ubiquitous presence on cable TV, loudly and defiantly defending the values and positions of the political left. For the last two weeks, however he has been dealing with a crisis born out of revelations about his tragic-comic obsession with sexting that drove him to send lewd pictures of himself and engage in sexual banter with women on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Weiner finally stepped down after a tortured series of events that had him insisting he either didn’t do things that he did or wouldn’t do something he just did – and eventually requesting and obtaining a two-week leave of absence from the House on Monday to get professional help.
He had steadfastly said that he would not resign.