Another saddening situation during a string of unethical behavior discoveries and admissions in the last few weeks. We are glad Rep. Weiner stepped up with this admission and apology. He has fully admitted his wrong and immoral behavior without justification. Let’s hope all the others who have done worse would feel convicted and do the same, whether caught or not. Now…let’s move on to the issues!
(CNN) — A week after claiming a hacker had posted a lewd photo to his Twitter account, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner on Monday apologized for lying about the ordeal and admitted carrying on inappropriate relationships with several women he’d met online.
Weiner, a New York Democrat, said he is not resigning his seat, nor is he planning on separating from his wife. But he said he took responsibility for his actions — both the relationships and for lying about sending the photo of his bulging underwear on his Twitter account.
“To be clear, the picture was of me, and I sent it. I’m deeply sorry for the pain this has caused my wife, and our family, my constituents, my friends, my supporters and my staff,” he said, claiming he’d posted the Twitter photo accidentally as a “joke” and then “panicked.” “I lied because I was ashamed at what I had done, and I didn’t want to get caught.”
Weiner described his actions as “dumb,” “destructive” and “deeply, deeply hurtful” — both for his admitted cover-up and for carrying on relationships with six women he’d met online, mostly via Facebook.
The congressman claimed that he never met any of these women in person, and that his wife Huma only learned he’d been lying about the Twitter picture on Monday morning.
“I have made terrible mistakes,” Weiner told reporters. “I have not been honest with myself or my family … I should not have done this, and I should not have done this particularly when I was married.”
Weiner claimed he does not believe he used any government resources while sending various photos and otherwise having inappropriate relationships with the women. He admitted that some of these relationships began before his marriage, and some continued afterward.