Reports: Weiner Will Resign

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The sad end of "Weinergate" looks to be approaching, report major outlets including the New York Times and CNN.

After the salacious headlines just kept coming, it seems the pressure got to be too much for sexting New York congressman Anthony Weiner, an outspoken advocate for left-wing positions who seems to have few alies in congress. According to the Times:

Mr. Weiner, a Democrat, came to the conclusion that he could no longer serve after having long discussions with his wife, Huma Abedin, when she returned home on Tuesday after traveling abroad with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Pressure on Mr. Weiner to leave the House has been building for days, with top House Democrats, including Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader, coming forward over the weekend publicly urge him to spare himself, his family and his party any more embarrassment.

But that pressure intensified earlier this week when President Obama publicly suggested that he should step down and Ms. Pelosi told reporters that she was prepared to strip Mr. Weiner of his committee assignments if he did not leave.

I'll be very glad to see Weiner's weiner out of the headlines. But it continue to amaze me that cheating, lying Republicans like David Vitter and Larry Craig are almost universally able to stick it out as long as they're not indicted, while Democrats tend to step down.

Now, can we get back to the truly obscene issue--the Republicans' disgusting attack on working and impoverished Americans?

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at June 16, 2011, 3:55am

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