Weiner again apologized to his constituents and family—specifically his wife, top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin—for the embarrassment he caused them after admitting that he had lied about exchanging explicit text messages and social media exchanges with about six different women.
The now-former Congressman appeared alone at the press conference, speaking for three-and-a-half minutes without taking questions.
“I am here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes that I have made and the embarrassment that I have caused,” Weiner said. “I make this apology to my neighbors and my constituents, but I make it particularly to my wife Huma. I had hoped to be able to continue the work that the citizens of my district elected me to do, to fight for the middle class and those struggling to make it.
“Unfortunately the distraction that I have created has made that impossible. So today I am announcing my resignation from Congress.”
The press conference was interrupted briefly by a heckler making borderline obscene comments on the nature of the various photographs of Weiner that have surfaced, at one point yelling, “Bye-bye, pervert!”
While in Albany earlier today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he wasn’t certain what Weiner would announced, but said it was positive that he was addressing the issue head-on again.
“You can’t just let this go on and on,” Bloomberg said. “It’s become a diversion away from all of the important things this country has to deal with.”
Here’s video of Bloomberg discussing Weiner: