Representative Anthony Weiner has announced that the picture attributed to his Twitter account is his and that he sent it. He denied having any extramarital affairs and stated that he would not resign his position. He further insisted that he never met the women he sent pictures to and that he had no intention of doing so or of soliciting underage women.
The Congressman stated that he did not feel his actions, though imprudent, violated the law or his oath of office.
He was quoted as saying, "I certainly used bad judgment, here."
The Congressman stated that he was remorseful, apologizing to his constituents, the press and to his wife, who the Congressman described as "not happy". He also mentioned Andrew Brietbart by name and apologized to the political blogger directly. He had previously said that Brietbart had hacked his Twitter account and posted the picture himself.
The Congressman also urged others to not follow his example and to use social media in a way that would be disrespectful to their families. Rep. Weiner was emotional, often stumbling in his speech, as he admitted his embarrassment at getting caught and for his actions in general.
This announcement comes after additional women have come forward, producing pictures that appear to be of the congressman in candid moments, including some pictures of him shirtless.
"I wasn't telling the truth. I have done something that was dishonorable... I lied," the Congressman went on to say. As to the future of his political career, Weiner said that was up to the voters, but that for now he was going to get "back to work".