After days of denials, a choked-up New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday during a news conference that he tweeted a photo of his bulging underpants was a “hugely regrettable mistake” to a woman and admitted to “inappropriate” exchanges with six women before and after getting married. He apologized for lying but said he would not resign.
A conservative website that last week started a furor over the underwear photo sent from Weiner’s Twitter account posted new photos Monday purportedly from a second woman who said she received shirtless shots of the congressman.
One photo showed Weiner on a couch with two cats nearby. The website said Weiner sent the photo using the anthonyweiner(at)aol.com account with the subject line “Me and the pussys.”
The photo showing Weiner shirtless was reminiscent of a photo of former Rep. Chris Lee, a New York Republican who resigned from office earlier this year after a shirtless photo he sent a woman on Craig’s List became public.
Weiner, 46, married Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Huma Abedin last July, with former President Bill Clinton officiating. Before that, Weiner had been known as one of New York’s most eligible bachelors.
He gained a national profile during the debate over President Barack Obama’s health care plan when he outspokenly professed support for a government-run “single-payer” program for everyone and later a “public option” to compete with private health insurance. He got the notice of liberals even though both proposals failed to make it into law.
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