Colmes Disappointed Weiner Resigning
Anthony Weiner is expected to resign today, following the timing laid out by friends who said that he needed to discuss the decision with his wife, who just returned from an overseas trip yesterday.
According to two sources, Weiner made up his mind to resign Wednesday night, and shortly after began making calls to inform them of his decision. Weiner called DCCC chair Steve Israel — who had also called for his resignation — on Wednesday night at the White House picnic to inform him and Pelosi that he had decided to resign on Thursday.
Weiner’s resignation comes after his wife Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, returned from a week-long trip to Africa with her boss. Weiner had said he would wait until Abedin returned before making a final decision on his plans. She returned home early Wednesday.
The resignation caps an almost three-week frenzy that began when a photo of a man’s crotch was posted publicly on his Twitter account. For a week, he claimed he had been “hacked,” but at a tear-filled press conference last week he admitted that he had intended to send the photo to a Seattle college student and that he had sent that and other racy photos to at least six women over the last three years. More photos have since become public, including one of his naked genitals and others of him posing in the House gym.