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Anthony Weiner Shirtless Photos, Allegations of 'Sexting' Emerge

The New York tabloids are having a field day over Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner's alleged exploits online, Jonathan Capehart reports.

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Congressman Anthony Weiner's Twitter problem just got a whole lot bigger thanks to photos published today by conservative blogger Anderw Breitbart which allegedly show Weiner in his office with his shirt off. Radar has also posted a set of alleged sexts.

Ben Smith writes: "Politically speaking, what has already emerged may well have doomed Weiner's hopes of being mayor of New York, and could well produce calls for him to resign. The main lesson of recent scandals, from Spitzer to Vitter, is that he doesn't have to: No matter how gross the private conduct, these scandals tend to burn hot and fast."

Adds Capehart:

"You’ll remember that Breitbart is the same fella who selectively edited the video of a speech by Shirley Sherrod, then an Agriculture Department official, to make her look like an unrepentant racist. The opposite was true. That makes him a questionable source for attacks on a sitting member of Congress. That being said, the new photos demand an answer from Weiner."

UPDATE: Weiner is reportedly going to make a statement to the media at 4 pm EDT today.

UPDATE II: Weiner says photos are his, says he lied but he won't be resigning.

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  1. Sexting with WHOM? Because if he was sharing suggestive photos with his wife, I really don't give a damn. This only has anything to do with his credibility if he was doing it with somebody else.

    Posted by: Sonneillon | Jun 6, 2011 2:59:21 PM


  2. SONN -- who in god's name sexts with their wife -- for goodness sake's -- from the office?

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Jun 6, 2011 3:02:07 PM


  3. Anthony Weiner could have put all of this to rest if he had handled the initial questions about the brief picture properly. Instead of saying he couldn't say with certitude if that was really him in that photo, he should have said, "I didn't send that photo to that woman." Period.

    If asked if that was actually him in the photo, he should have said, "I'm not commenting on private photos in my private files." Period.

    Repeating the same semi-denials over and over again for days on end was a big mistake. If he didn't send the picture, then just say you didn't send it and STFU after that.

    Posted by: Ninong | Jun 6, 2011 3:03:39 PM


  4. i think he's kinda hot.

    Posted by: kerry | Jun 6, 2011 3:08:04 PM


  5. If I lived in his district, I would still vote for him but sending pictures like that -- from your office no less -- is really, really STUPID! Even juvenile!

    He was almost certainly "sexting" and that's not cool for a married congressman to be caught doing.

    I sincerely hope he can survive this but he won't if he keeps hemming and hawing and beating around the bush. Just say you did it but it's a private matter between you and your wife and then STFU after that.

    Posted by: Ninong | Jun 6, 2011 3:10:14 PM


  6. What's wrong with sexting? I'm sure plenty of women would prefer their husbands have web sex instead of meeting women in person or paying for prostitutes. His wife may even knew he was doing it.

    Posted by: nodnarb | Jun 6, 2011 3:11:02 PM


  7. ". . .who in god's name sexts with their wife. . ."

    That gave me my first good laugh of the day. =)

    Posted by: Austin | Jun 6, 2011 3:13:53 PM


  8. he doesn't run on a family values platform, therefore he's not a hypocrit.

    I have no opinion - it's not my business.

    Posted by: The TRUTH | Jun 6, 2011 3:15:17 PM


  9. Amazingly stupid and reckless.

    Posted by: MacroT | Jun 6, 2011 3:16:35 PM


  10. I'd recognize that nose anywhere. . .

    Posted by: Marie Cohn | Jun 6, 2011 3:17:09 PM


  11. MACROT

    You said it. When will the left realize that the GOP don't stop at getting at you?!!

    Urgh!

    Posted by: Rowan | Jun 6, 2011 3:26:50 PM


  12. If this is true, Rebs will attack him big time, also FNC. If this is true, the main question is, why?
    I hope it isn't true.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 6, 2011 3:27:51 PM


  13. And I meant Republicans (sorry for the Rebs).

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 6, 2011 3:28:35 PM


  14. Guys you DO realize his marriage was an arrangement via the Clintons?

    Come on.

    Did we not learn anything about politics from even the Spritzer situation and that his wife always knew?

    Sigh.

    It's a game folks. It's dirty but it's a game.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jun 6, 2011 3:30:10 PM


  15. Who's got the photos of Andrew Bretibart's cock? Surely they're arou8nd somewhere.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 6, 2011 3:38:22 PM


  16. Who. Cares. Why are Americans soooo hung up about sex?

    Posted by: homer | Jun 6, 2011 3:38:26 PM


  17. really he's not running on family values and he aint no hypocrit - so, its none of my business...plus, he's a GREAT Congressman who wrks FOR the People...period. (not a bad looking chest either)

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | Jun 6, 2011 3:39:11 PM


  18. Like Reese said in her speech last night, "hide your face, people, hide your face."

    Posted by: VinciSmetana | Jun 6, 2011 3:42:02 PM


  19. MATT26

    He is a THORN on the side of the GOP.

    Google bro! It's your friend! He's the only one that tells the truth about them and boy am I disappointed he was this STOOPID.

    I couldn't care about what he has done...everyone knows the relationship is an arrangement but why was he so stupid?

    Same old. We just don't seem to understand that the GOP are out to make us loose.

    So depressing. But predictable.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jun 6, 2011 3:42:54 PM


  20. If Weiner and his wife don't want to have sex with each other, what hope is there for peace between Jews and Muslims?

    Posted by: VinciSmetana | Jun 6, 2011 3:48:21 PM


  21. And the new round of nonsense begins. Scandals that aren't really scandals, personal conduct that has nothing to do with his effectiveness in his job, becomes the focus of the news media, while they strenuously pretend it has nothing to do with juvenile titillation. It indeed is a game, a silly one with serious consequences.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 6, 2011 3:49:24 PM


  22. Note to men in congress: if you're trying to pick up women, don't send pictures of your head photoshopped onto the chest of a 14 year old boy.

    Seriously, what an idiot. No wonder he didn't answer the question last week. He didn't want to be caught in a lie knowing this stuff was out there in the ether. Do these guys think these things aren't going to get into the public eye? Really? They're that stupid? That desperate? Guys, lock your office, watch some porn, wanker yourself and get back to work.

    If these photos can't be verified as having been sent out to someone specific, then it is possible (not probable) that Weiner's account was hacked and all these pictures stolen. It could be how the boner picture made it to some girl across the country he's never met. But with the new sexting allegations and phone sex allegations with a 46 year old women - he also never met - it dims the prospect of any of this coming from the hands of an alleged hacker.

    Posted by: Bart | Jun 6, 2011 3:51:16 PM


  23. We don't know the context. If he was engaged in legal activity, that's fine with me. It's not a great idea to take pictures of yourself with your your clothes off in your office, but it's not illegal and it's not bizarre. Vitter hired prostitutes to engage his diaper fetish. If Weiner hasn't broken the law -- as Vitter did -- and has done somethng extremely common -- as Vitter did not -- then why on Earth should he resign, when Vitter has not?

    If no law was broken, It's none of my business. I still think it was stupid and wreckless on his part, but men are men. If he's done nothing illegal, then this is really stupid, yes, but utterly harmless.

    Meanwhile, we not only don't know the context but we also don't know how these photos were obtained. I wouldn't be shocked if that's what the crime is. But, really, Anthony -- what were you thinking?

    Posted by: justme | Jun 6, 2011 3:54:27 PM


  24. He has been married less than a year - these photos and any "sexting" could easily have been before the marriage.

    That said, Ninong has it right - the only thing AW appears to have done wrong is the nature his responses. And of course any expectation he had that the pics could or would remain private if they have ever been sent on the internet in any manner at any time.

    Posted by: ant | Jun 6, 2011 3:57:35 PM


  25. Guys Bierbart is talking about this all over the net. Get on twitter. Asap.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jun 6, 2011 4:05:47 PM


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