NEW YORK (PIX11)—Embattled Congressman Anthony Weiner announced his resignation Thursday after a twenty-one day battle to save his job in wake of a lewd photo scandal. The social networking congressional lothario from Forrest Hills made the announcement at the Council Center For Senior Citizens.
Weiner steps down amid a hard-to-ignore sex scandal where he sent numerous lewd photos of himself to women over the Internet.
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"Bye, bye pervert!" said one heckler, while another shouted, "Are you more than seven inches?"
Weiner took a pause before carrying on with his statement where he thanked his family, his staff and his wife Huma Abedin who sources say advised her husband to step down.
Abedin, 35, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently returned from an overseas trip on Tuesday and reportedly counseled Weiner in his decision to resign.
Abedin was not present at Thursday's press conference.
The congressman alerted House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi about his decision to resign from Congress late Wednesday.
The New York Democrat becomes the third member of the U.S. Congress this year to step down because of a sex scandal.
Under pressure from President Barack Obama and both major political parties, Weiner had previously insisted on staying in his job, announcing instead that would seek treatment and take a "short leave" of absence from the House.
Weiner told Pelosi on Wednesday night he intends to resign, a Democratic source told Reuters.
"He told Pelosi last night," the source said.
Republicans and top Democrats had called for him to resign, saying the scandal had become a distraction on Capitol Hill.
Democrats feared that Weiner had become a political liability to their efforts to win back the House from Republicans in next year's elections. Weiner also had been seen as a strong contender for New York mayor in 2013.
Obama ramped up pressure on Weiner to resign on June 14, telling NBC News, "He's embarrassed his wife and his family .... If it was me, I would resign."
While the scandal generated plenty of headlines, Democrats would likely be favored to retain Weiner's House seat, which would be filled in a special election.
Democrats won Weiner's New York district in the past three presidential elections, and he was re-elected to a seventh term last year with 61 percent of the vote.
Weiner's abrupt political fall followed resignations from Congress earlier this year from two Republicans, Chris Lee of New York and John Ensign of Nevada, both of whom are married.
Lee resigned from the House on February 9. within hours after it was revealed he had sent a shirtless and flirtatious photo of himself to a woman he had met on Craigslist.