Rep. Weiner Resigns over Sexting Scandal

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After a two-week scandal spawned by tweeting and texting inappropriate photos, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner has resigned his congressional seat, Thursday.

"I'm announcing my resignation from Congress so my colleauges can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative and most importantly that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused," Weiner said at a press conference.

Weiner made the announcement Thursday, after calling House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y.,  the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee earlier in the day to inform them of his decision to resign.

Democratic leaders have been calling for Weiner, 46, to step down since he admitted to sending the X-rated pictures of himself to several women.

Adding fuel to the scandal, porn star Ginger Lee recently came forward, saying she too received sexually charged text messages from the congressman.

"I think that Anthony Weiner should resign because he lied to the public and to the press for more than a week," Lee said during a press conference Wednesday.

"It might never have turned into this if he had told the truth," she added. "But he kept lying. If he lied about this, I can't have much faith in him about anything else."
    
News of Weiner's resignation comes as Democrats considered stripping the lawmaker of his assignments on the Energy and Commerce committees.

"Our caucus understands our concern for the rights of the individual member," Pelosi said following a meeting Tuesday with House Democrats, "but also our higher responsibility to our country to uphold a high ethical standard in the Congress of the United States."

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