On May 27, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) did something that would change his life. A photo of his manhood he meant to send privately to a 21-year-old woman in Seattle went to his entire Twitter following. Weiner would spend the next week aggressively lying publicly and privately to colleagues, friends, constituents, donors and his family. “Let’s keep in mind what happened here,” he told NBC’s Luke Russert on June 1. “I was pranked, I was hacked, I was punked whatever it is — someone sent out a picture.” By June 6, Weiner would cop to the truth. And today his 12-year congressional career will come to an end when he resigns at a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m.
Having known and covered Weiner since my days at the Daily News, I wanted to believe Weiner’s explanation. I even floated a very modern theory of how he got himself into this jam.
While there are many theories out there, I subscribe to the one that says Weiner is a red-blooded American man who uses his tech savvy to not just tell but show his beautiful, high-powered and hyper-traveled wife how much he misses her.
Being a big ol’ romantic, of course I would think this. Then new pictures emerged and further explanation was demanded. Weiner admitted to breathtaking narcissism and arrogance at a tearful press conference in New York last that day.
While I called on Weiner to resign when one of the women with whom he sexted said the seven-term congressman asked her to lie, I’ll admit to still feeling conflicted. That ended last weekend after reports of Weiner’s being in contact with a 17-year-old girl surfaced and with the revelation of even more pictures of Weiner in various states of undress in front of mirrors at the House gym. Weiner’s career death by a thousand clicks was underway. And it mercifully ends today.