It’s with great sadness that I report that our long national Weiner joke is almost over… almost.
Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York will step down from office amid intense pressure from congressional Democrats following his admission of risque online chats and photo swaps with multiple women and lying about it, sources tell ABC News.
Weiner, 46, has begun sharing his decision with close friends, the sources said, but has not yet sent a formal letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicating his intentions.
A Democratic source said Weiner called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Wednesday night while they were at a White House picnic to inform them he would resign today.
The New York Post staff will soon be convening an emergency meeting to decide between “Weiner Pulls Out,” “Cooked Weiner” and “Weiner’s Last Stand” for their morning headline.
Hopefully Weiner’s resignation comes at 5:45 Seattle time.
Update: Weiner press conference at 2 p.m. EST. Sources tell me that his farewell speech will conclude with the following: “Let America remember my congressional legacy this way: In a stressful job, he held his own.”
Update II: No comment:
Update III: Live video of Weiner’s pullout at 2p EST is here.
Takeaway quote from the resignation speech: “To my mother and father who instilled in me the values that carried me this far.”
Mom and dad, if they’re still around, must have been beaming with pride.
Update IV: Time to play “What’s wrong with this headline?”
As of Thursday afternoon it still hasn’t been fixed.