June 6th, 2011
04:34 PM ET
12 years ago

Weiner apologizes for lying, 'terrible mistakes,' refuses to resign

(CNN) - A week after claiming a hacker had posted a lewd photo to his Twitter account, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner on Monday apologized for lying about the ordeal and admitting carrying on inappropriate relationships with several women he'd met online.

Weiner, a New York Democrat, said he is not resigning his seat, nor is he planning on separating from his wife. But he said he took responsibility for his actions - both the relationships and for lying about sending photos.

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. California Conservative

    This clearly shows his character, ethics and morals. From his outright lying to his internet actions.


    June 6, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Sven

    His name probably excused his behavior lol.

    June 6, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Bruce

    Sad, but he must go. As Newt said right wing social enginerring is just as bad as left wing social engineering. He's got to go...just like Chris Lee. As an Independent turned Democrat, I hate to say it but...fair is fair.

    June 6, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. MikinAZ

    mistake made, responsibility taken, apology accepted, can we now move on to important issues?...wolf is sensationalizing to promote himself. I wish i was in as good a shape as that chest shot of weiner shows he is – I would post it everywhere.

    June 6, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. hlb1roof@gmail.com

    Gee theres a surprise a dumacrat lying about keeping his pants up only this time you have a weiner lying about his weiner

    June 6, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. kris

    The mendacity of elected officials has become so common that obscene does not begin to describe the level of wickedness so prevalent among the ruling class in America....

    June 6, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. cole

    boo hoo! i thought this was the republicans playing games with you. you are a milquetoast joke!

    June 6, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. JFritz

    Sad, sad incident from an excellent public servant. Stupid, stupid doings of a smart man. The social media guys have made billions on the American penchant for lack of impulse control. Grow up, America. Let's get our heads out of Facebook, Twitter, and the rest of it and get going rebuilding our nation again.

    June 6, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. kat

    What a hippocrit! He's a dem, so it's OK, Right!

    June 6, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. xmatman

    I accept that apology with resignation!

    June 6, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. terry,va

    We all know that the dumbocraps in Congress are liars. Nothing new there. He should be forced to resign like the Repubs that have been caught in similiar situations but the dumbocraps and Obummie won't make him because they are just as immoral as he is. Do us a favor Weiner fall on your sword.

    June 6, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. AZ DEM

    Very disappointing news from the Congressman but I agree with his decision to stay in office...I think if his constituents re-elect him than they don't care about his personal life

    June 6, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. 228rory

    Idiot. Why can't any of you maintain credibility, and exhibit good character? Both parties. Someone save us.

    June 6, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. New Age Independant

    He needs to resign immediately! Additionally he willingly made false statements to the FBI and accused innocents or wrongdoing. He should be charged appropriately. This seems to be all too normal for a Democrat these days, but at least he didn't stick top secret papers in his sock, or hid thousands of dollars in his freezer, or spend thousands of campaign dollars on hiding his mistress... The corruption seems to never end.

    June 6, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Sabrina

    He needs to go.... 4 days ago!

    June 6, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Hill

    Gee I would have never thought Weiner was arrogant enough to do that to his spouse or lie to voters – HA HA. I am just surprised he did not blame Bush and tell us the other pictures looked better. The man spouts venomous hatred daily but acts like the modern day sanhedrin so who would have thought?

    June 6, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. New Age Independant

    I don't see how an apology is enough here. His actions were a hundred times worse than that of GOP Chris Lee whom Democrats were screaming for his resignation. Additional and much more 'revealing' photos were on the way, which was the only reason he finally told the truth. It's time for Democrats to hold their own accountable.

    June 6, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Mike In Citrus Heights, CA

    Who cares. He didn't rape any young boys. He didn't break any laws. He didn't even have sex outside his marriage. Heck, he didn't even meet the women!!! He's guilty of internet flirting at most. Who cares.

    As for lying to the press, yes, he lied to you. So what, darn near every politian lies to you every day.

    As for comparing to Republicans, there's no comparison. He's not standing up being morally superior to others and then getting caught. He did not rally against gays for decades only to come out late in life. There's very little to no hypocracy here.

    June 6, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. AZ DEM

    I must admit my NATURAL byass for the Congressman but if it weren't for this new day and age NONE of us would even know about all of the private dealings of our elected officials. I say if he isn't in your district you don't have a say in who they allow to represent them and if it just so happens that Representative is a cheating SOB well then it is not your moral compass that defines his ability to Represent his district...if they dont recall him then we all will just need to move on

    June 6, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. cnntwiststruth

    I have always told my students in my classrooms: " I don't care how smart you are, but, I do care how your smart." " Try not to ever outsmart yourself." "Do right, be right, at ALL TIMES."
    Why do i have a strong feeling Mr. Weiner would only look down at me or my students for always striving for the truth. He obviously thinks he is above the truth and smarter than the truth, thus only admitting what he did today because; he got caught !

    June 6, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |

    He will lie about theft. He will lie about anything. A liar is a liar. If his constituents forgive him,,,,,, they deserve the corrupt politicians they elect.

    June 6, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Shannon

    Anthony, I'm so disappointed in you, you sunk as low as a Republican. Shame on you!

    June 6, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. Mark E

    Ok ,,,, so everyone wants him to go. CNN, give him a prime-time show or make him a co-host with Spitzer

    June 6, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. gt

    i hope his wife doesnt make twitter larena bobbit for marriage advise ....

    June 6, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Good Lord - grow up, people! Stop the juvenile anatomy jokes and double entendres.

    Most grown-ups know that when you make a mistake ...

    ACKNOWLEDGE the mistake
    TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for your actions and words
    MAKE AMENDS in the best way you can and ...
    RE-COMMIT to the relationship that has been broken

    Anthony Weiner has started the process with his wife, his colleagues and his constituents. Now, he needs to be allowed to fulfills his intentions without criticism and second guessing by the media and people who clearly still belong in junior high.

    June 6, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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