After revelations of lewd cyber-exchanges with women, Representative Anthony Weiner is telling friends he will step down from his House seat due to pressure from his Democratic colleagues.
Had he not reached the decision, Democratic leaders were to decide today whether to strip Weiner of his committee assignments, which would have in effect left him powerless.
When it was revealed that Weiner had been acting inappropriately, it also became public knowledge that his wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, was in the first trimester of her pregnancy. Weiner apparently came to the decision to resign after Abedin returned home from a work trip with her boss and concluded he could no longer serve.
Speculation and pressure regarding Weiner’s resignation has been mounting ever since the photos of him in his underwear first came to light. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called to him publicly over the weekend to resign to avoid further embarrassment to himself, his family and political party. Even President Obama chimed in, saying if he were in the same position he’d step down.
The House ethics committee had also opened a formal inquiry into the fact that he had traded private messages with an underage girl. Formal charges, sanctions and expulsion were all possible outcomes.
I care not a whit about Weiner and Weinergate, but I’m relieved for his unborn child that the hemorrhage of this scandal, while bleeding a lot longer than it should have, will finally subside. Give it a few days and he’ll be gone, which gives plenty of time for him to be long forgotten before he can potentially embarrass his unborn child any further. I’m sure he’ll figure out a way, but for his kid’s sake, hopefully it’ll be in the way that most normal parents do it.
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