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Tuesday
Jul262011

Rep. David Wu Resigns amid Accusations of Sexual Misconduct

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Congressman David Wu, D-Ore., is resigning his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives following an accusation of sexual misconduct with a young woman.

On Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called for an ethics investigation into the accusations that the congressman actively engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with a donor’s daughter.

"The time has come to hand on the privilege of high office," Wu said Tuesday in announcing his resignation. "I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations.”

Earlier this year, Wu, a father of two, admitted to sending late-night emails to staffers, including one with a photo of himself dressed in a tiger costume.

“I did some things, I said some things which I sincerely regret now,” the congressman told ABC News in February. “And as a result of those things I saw fit to consult professional help.”

On Tuesday, Wu said the “wellbeing of my children must come before anything else.”

“With great sadness, I therefore intend to resign effective upon the resolution of the debt-ceiling crisis.”

Wu told ABC News earlier this year that he was being treated with medication and counseling after his staffers staged an “intervention.”

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Thursday
Jun232011

Anthony Weiner Has Left the Building

Mario Tama/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- At approximately 12:01pm Thursday -- a full week after Rep. Anthony Weiner announced his intention to step down from his congressional post -- the House Clerk finally announced Weiner’s resignation on the House floor.

A letter from New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales was read by the clerk:

“As New York’s Secretary of State I have received the resignation of Anthony D. Weiner as New York’s 9th Congressional District representative in the United States House of Representatives. The New York State Department of State filed a letter today. A copy of his letter of resignation is attached,” the Clerk read from the letter.

House Speaker John Boehner then announced the new whole number of the House of Representatives:

“Under clause 5D of rule 20, the chair announces to the House that in light of the resignation of the gentleman from New York, Mr. Weiner, the whole number of the House is 432,” Boehner declared.

Weiner’s office is vacant. His staff will remain employed under the supervision of the Clerk until Weiner’s successor is elected.

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Thursday
Jun162011

Anthony Weiner Resigns from Congress

Larry Lafferty/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Democrat Anthony Weiner resigned Thursday as U.S. representative from the 9th District of New York, saying the decision would benefit his party, constituents and wife Huma Abedin.

"I'm announcing my resignation from Congress so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative and, most importantly, that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused," Weiner said at a news conference made raucous by loud yells from hecklers.

"I had hoped to be able to continue the work that the citizens of my district elected me to do," he said. "Unfortunately, the distraction that I have created has made that impossible."

Weiner, 46, made the announcement at a senior center in Brooklyn, New York, where he first launched his political career nearly two decades ago. He said that despite his indiscretions, he would continue to pursue the spirit of public service that first led him to run for office.

"I'll be looking for other ways to contribute my talents to make sure that we live up to that most New York and American of ideals," he said just before concluding his remarks.

He did not take reporters' questions. His wife was not present.

Weiner's decision to leave office came 10 days after his news conference admitting he lied to his family, colleagues and constituents about risque online behavior with multiple women while married to Abedin.

While polls showed a majority of Weiner's constituents did not think he should resign, the embattled congressman had come under enormous pressure from Democratic Party leaders to step down because the swirling scandal was seen as a "distraction."

In the past week, President Obama, Democratic Party chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top congressional leaders have encouraged Weiner to resign.

"Today, he made the right judgment in resigning," Pelosi said in a statement. "I pray for him and his family and wish them well."

Pelosi signaled at an earlier news conference that Democrats now intend to pivot back to talking about the issues they'd rather discuss, including slamming Republicans on the budget and Medicare overhaul. Attention also shifts to who will replace Weiner.

When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially announces the congressional vacancy, the state must hold a special election within 70 to 80 days, according to state law. The election, which will likely occur in early fall, will be the third in New York in less than one year triggered by the resignation of a congressman because of a sex scandal.

Weiner called House leaders Wednesday night at a White House picnic to inform them he would resign today, sources told ABC News.

Weiner, who has not been charged with or convicted of violating any laws or House ethics rules, had insisted he would remain in office despite the pressure from his colleagues. On Monday, he received a two-week temporary leave of absence from the House to receive "treatment" for an undisclosed condition at an unknown location.

Meanwhile, Weiner's wife returned from an overseas trip with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton early Wednesday morning and met with her husband in person for the first time since the sexting scandal broke. Weiner had told friends he was waiting for her return before making any decision about his political future.

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