Weiner resigns in wake of sexting scandal

Seared by scandal, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y) announced his resignation from Congress this afternoon, done in by lewd photos he took of himself, sent to

WOODBURY - Seared by scandal, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y) announced his resignation from Congress this afternoon, done in by lewd photos he took of himself, sent to women online and then adamantly lied about after being caught.

"I'm here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused," the six-term lawmaker said, while reading from a brief statement in Brooklyn. "I make this apology to my neighbors and my constituents, but I make it particularly to my wife, Huma."

Go to iO Channel 612 and select iO Extra to see his entire speech.

Weiner's wife was absent as he announced his decision, as she was 10 days ago when he first admitted having sent inappropriate messages and photos to several women online.

Weiner said he had hoped to remain in Congress, despite calls from Democratic Party leaders for his resignation. He relented last night, placing a phone call to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Long Island Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.). Israel says he helped engineer today's announcement.

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) spoke for the first time today regarding the scandal, saying he believes Weiner really had little choice but to step down.

Weiner is now believed to be heading back to a treatment facility of some kind while Democrats resume positioning themselves for the 2012 election campaign.

AP wires services contributed to this report

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