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He's been up. He's been down. Now, he's out.
U.S. Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner of New York announced Thursday that he is resigning his seat in Congress, after admitting that he sent sexually explicit photos and messages to various women in a number of online postings.
"I had hoped to be able to continue the work that the citizens of my district elected me to do, to fight for the middle class and those struggling to make it," he said during a press conference. "Unfortunately the distraction that I have created has made that impossible."
Distraction, indeed. Weiner's five-minute announcement was interrupted several times by hecklers who could be heard shouting questions and comments that at times rivaled Weiner's own lewd remarks that ensnared him in scandal in the first place. "Bye-bye pervert!" shouted one. "Fully aroused, are you more than seven inches?" said another.
Despite the heckling, Weiner continued, "I am here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused. I make this apology to my neighbors and my constituents but I make it particularly to my wife, Huma."
The scandal erupted two weeks ago when a Twitter photo surfaced of Weiner, clad in gray undies, showing off his "package." He at first claimed his Twitter account had been hacked, but later confessed that he had in fact sent the photo to one of his female Twitter followers.
Additional -- and racier -- photos emerged, followed by naughty conversations with his social media friends. Weiner, 46, announced a few days later that he was seeking treatment for an undisclosed disorder.
The congressman's wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is pregnant with the couple's first child. She was notably not by his side during his first press conference confession, and he again stood alone behind a lectern at a senior center in Brooklyn. It was the location where he launched his first political campaign and, ultimately, where he chose to announce his resignation.