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The 4-Day-Long Goodbye: Weiner Officially Resigns

June 21, 2011 by  

The 4-Day-Long Goodbye: Weiner Officially Resigns

Sender of sexual tweets Anthony Weiner is officially the former Representative from New York. Four days after publicly announcing his resignation, Weiner submitted copies of his resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

According to POLITICO’s On Congress blog, the letter was succinct: “I hereby resign as a member of the House of Representatives for New York’s Ninth Congressional District, effective at midnight, June 21, 1011. It has been an honor to serve the people of Queens and Brooklyn.”

Weiner’s resignation announcement four days ago caused further controversy as news outlets learned the former Congressman would receive a generous retirement package after just 12 years of service. Each additional day he waited to resign added to this pension.

“Weiner, 46, has been a Congressman for 12 years and has a recent salary of $174,000 (standard for both the House and Senate). After leaving office he has a couple of choices. He can begin taking discounted pension payments of about $25,000 a year starting at age 56 or wait until age 62 and collect about $35,000 a year,” read an article on SmartMoney.com.

“In addition to his pension, Weiner will collect from (an) additional plan, plus Social Security. He also has a blue-chip stock portfolio that disclosure filings show was worth $226,000 in 2009 when the market had tanked, so it’s probably worth about $300,000 now… Weiner is getting the equivalent of a $1.2 million exit payment after serving just 12 years on the job.”

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