Weiner: This Was a Personal Failing: Updated
After a strange moment where “journalist” Andrew Breitbart jumped to the podium to decry the media for “attacking” him over the alleged Rep. Anthony Weiner twitter photo, the New York Democrat eventually managed to hold a press conference where he addressed the story of new photos of him that are surfacing on the internet — one of him allegedly bare-chested. The new photos compound the already torrid media affair with a crotch shot photo of a pair of underwear and erection that was allegedly sent from the Congressman’s twitter account.
A visibly shaken and tearful Weiner made it clear that he had “made terrible mistakes, that have hurt myself and my family.” He then admitted that the photo was sent on purpose and meant to be a direct message to the recipient, and that he then “panicked” and took the picture down and created his “hacked” story.
Weiner then admitted that he has had several flirtations online and via phone with as many as 6 different women, many before his marriage, although some continued after. He stated that he has not had any physical relations with any of the women in question.
Weiner then told the press that he will not be resigning, and that he apologizes to his constituents, the media and above all to his wife. He stated that he did not believe he used any government tools or resources to conduct his online affairs.
“I regret not being honest,” stated Weiner. “This was a big mistake, I was embarrassed, humiliated. I still am. This was a big mistake.”
As reporters demanded to know where Congressman Weiner’s wife is and why she did not appear at the conference, Weiner stated that he and his wife will not be splitting up over the incident. He stated that his wife knew about some of his online relationships before he was married, but not about the more recent photos.
Despite frequent requests from the media, Weiner reiterated that he is not resigning, he did not have physical contact with these women, and that his wife would not be leaving him.
The congressman’s press conference came shortly after ABC News contacted him regarding allegations from a 26 year old single mom who claimed that Weiner had been “sexting” her online for over a month. The woman provided numerous emails, chat records and even confirmed call logs that point to an ongoing and intimate electronic affair. The woman, who said she often participates in these types of relationships online, stated, “I don’t think he’s a bad guy. I think he’s got issues just like everybody else. Everyone’s standards are different, but to be elected to Congress and sit there all day on Facebook and chatting?”
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