Weiner's resignation official at midnight Tuesday

By Laurie Kellman

Associated Press

Published: Monday, June 20 2011 3:25 p.m. MDT

On a family vacation in the nation's capital, David Whitmer, far right, of Orlando, Fla., stops for a souvenir photo outside the office of departing Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 20, 2011. Weiner announced his resignation last week following revelations that he sent text messages containing sexually suggestive photos of himself to young women.

J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Rep. Anthony Weiner's last day in Congress will be Tuesday, he has told House and New York State officials.

"I hereby resign as the member of the House of Representatives for New York's ninth congressional district effective at midnight, Tuesday, June 21, 2011," he wrote in a letter date Monday. "It has been an honor to serve the people of Queens and Brooklyn."

Weiner's departure can't come soon enough for House Democrats, who called for Weiner's resignation after the married congressman admitted tweeting messages and explicit photos of himself to six women. Weiner announced last Thursday that he would step down after 13 years in office.

His congressional staff will report to the House clerk until a new representative is elected. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could call for a special election at any time in the coming weeks.

House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi had no comment on the letter. It was expected to be read on the House floor on Tuesday, leadership officials said.

The two-sentence missive capped a saga familiar on Capitol Hill — the infidelity of a married member of Congress — played out in the relatively new and wide-reaching medium of Twitter.

Weiner first insisted that his Twitter account had been hacked. But he then acknowledged he had sent photos and messages of himself to six women, and that he'd lied to his wife, his colleagues and the public. Amid his dalliances: a former porn actress.

Still, Wiener refused to resign until Democrats, from Pelosi on down, lost patience with the distraction and urged him to leave.

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