Breaking: Anthony Weiner to resign

News broke this hour that Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) will resign, after weeks of speculation and dick jokes. Talking Points Memo reports:

Back in New York, where Weiner had long harbored ambitions of becoming mayor, support for the Congressman remained steady in his congressional district, but citywide polls showed voters less sure. While early polls showed conflicting feelings among locals about the scandal, reports suggested that state Democrats might eliminate his seat entirely in the next round of redistricting or run a credible primary challenger, such as former Councilman Eric Gioia.

With little remaining support at home or in Washington and no sign of the media frenzy surrounding his personal life abating, Weiner was increasingly left with few options.

Last night, Weiner told House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – who along with Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz had called for his resignation – of his plans. So that’s that, folks.

New York, NY

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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  • http://feministing.com/members/thirdwavehousewife/ Third Wave Housewife

    Despite that nasty unsolicited photo, I am really sad to see someone who was otherwise very much on our side out of office :/

    • http://feministing.com/members/litamedinger/ Lita

      Agreed. If it’s true that he was sexually harassing women (I’m not sure since I don’t follow news too closely), then feminists have lost a great voice. I still support him, but hope that things are worked out as they should be.

  • http://feministing.com/members/blondeintokyo/ Heidi

    I wonder when Vitter will be announcing HIS resignation? Wiener did nothing illegal.

  • http://feministing.com/members/sexoutofwedlock/ nicole mercier

    Actually, sending unwilling parties sexually explicit photos might actually break some laws. In some places, it is called Sexual Harassment. It is like a dirty dirty cat call in a trenchcoat. Not very professional.