In a Monday afternoon press conference in Manhattan, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) admitted he has engaged in “inappropriate online conversations” via social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, which included sending lewd photographs of himself to various women.
Weiner also said that while he is sorry for his actions, he has no intention of resigning his office.
Describing his activities as “a very dumb thing to do” and signaling “a deep weakness” within him, the Representative said that, even as he was engaging in some of the conversations, he would think “this is a mistake.”
Weiner said that while some of his online relationships lasted as long as “three years,” he “never met any of these women,” and he “never had sex outside (of his) marriage.”
This statement came as more and more members of the media released photographs and statements from women claiming to have had online liaisons with the Representative, despite repeated denials from Weiner.
The Representative appeared at times tearful during the press conference, especially when discussing his wife, Huma Abedin, who was not present at the press conference. Abedin “said she loves me, but she deserves much better than this,” Weiner said, noting that his wife had known about some of the online interactions.
Weiner, whose name was often floated as potentially the next mayor of New York, said “the last thing (he is) thinking about is this election or the next.”