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‘Douche du Jour’: Anthony Weiner on Explicit Twitter Photo: “I Haven’t Told the Truth”

US Rep. Anthony Weiner has admitted to lying about sending a somewhat sexually explicit photo of his penis to a woman online. According to the Los Angeles Times, the seven-term  New York Democrat has apologized to his family and constituents for what he said was a “hugely regrettable mistake.”

It was his, after all.

“I’m deeply ashamed of my terrible judgement and actions,” he said.

“I haven’t told the truth,” he confessed. “And I’ve done things I deeply regret. I’ve brought pain to people I care about the most and people who believe in me. And for that, I’m deeply sorry,” he said at a news conference in New York City. Weiner was highly emotional as he spoke, weeping and sobbing as he admitted his guilt.

“Over the past few years I have engaged in several inappropriate conversations,” he continued, saying that he sent photos of an “explicit nature,” some of them after he’d been gotten married. But, “I never was in the same room with them. I never had any physical relationship whatsoever.”

Weiner said that despite taking “full responsibility” for his misdeeds he would not resign because he did not believe his actions violated House rules or his oath of office.

In case you’ve been living in a cave for the last couple of weeks, a photo of what was purported to be Rep. Weiner’s semi-erect penis beneath a pair of boxer shorts was leaked by a young woman who claimed the congressman sent it to her via his Twitter account. Weiner responded by claiming his Twitter account had been hacked and saying he wasn’t sure if the photo in question was of him or not. It was a pathetic lie, and the scandal known as “Weinergate” was born. He now says he panicked after realizing that he publicly tweeted the photo instead of sending it privately as he had wanted to do.

Only time will tell if Weiner’s constituents forgive him for his transgression. Many New Yorkers expected him to run for mayor in 2013 after Michael Bloomberg is termed out of office. That’s all up in the air now, although Weiner is a tough, resilient New Yorker who is well liked by his constituents in parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

An ethics probe now awaits Weiner, called by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi today in the wake of his admission.

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