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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.


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. It appears that someone has invaded Weiner's privacy and made a public display of his personal communication. That is all we know at this point. There is all kinds of speculation here. At this point, unless there is a complaint of some kind by an office employee such as sexual harassment, it seems to me that weiner, although he showed bad judgment in trusting the privacy of the web, is really the victim of someone else's mischief, or possible criminal activity. Breitbart comes to mind.

    Posted by: candideinncc | Jun 6, 2011 4:07:09 PM

  2. And? How is this any of my business? It's his wife's business but it's none of mine.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Jun 6, 2011 4:11:49 PM

  3. Why didn't he think they would be after him?

    Didn't GOproud say their misson was to "get rid of the left and Obama"?

    Urgh. How stupid!!!

    Posted by: Rowan | Jun 6, 2011 4:12:56 PM

  4. What a fool. Rocking pecs however.

    Posted by: Astro Boy | Jun 6, 2011 4:21:48 PM

  5. I'll just say it: I think he's kinda handsome. And now that I know more about him, I also think he's in pretty good shape and hung well enough to do right by anyone.

    So now he's not only handsome, he's just plain sexy.

    And the sexting? Whatever. Unless it's with a minor, I really don't care.

    Posted by: Alex | Jun 6, 2011 4:28:48 PM

  6. Can't he have a sexual life like any consenting adult? Like someone else posted, "Why are we so hung up on sex?" Oh... it's institutionalized religion. Pffft.

    Posted by: Adrian | Jun 6, 2011 4:37:09 PM

  7. As it was posted by Breitbart, I'll assume it's a fake until proven otherwise.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Jun 6, 2011 4:39:44 PM

  8. Now, via his press conference, we know. He didn't do anything illegal. This is a matter between him and his wife.

    Even if you think this is the worst thing ever -- and, really, after David Vitter, who could think that? -- the whole point of this was to embarrass him. Mission accomplished, as the Republicans like to say. The country will forget about this in a month, as they should.

    Posted by: justme | Jun 6, 2011 4:44:03 PM

  9. Now that Breitbart is having something to do with it ... the scandal has absolutely no validity with me. I'm sorry, but that is an awfully good looking chest for someone that age ... it sure does look photoshopped. Frankly, Breitbart is the only guy I know who has so little credibility that I'd believe a politician that their phone was hacked over something this dumb.

    Posted by: Craig | Jun 6, 2011 4:44:26 PM

  10. He did and I still ask why? He made a huge mistake and the worst kind of action to his wife. I feel really sorry for his wife.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 6, 2011 4:47:16 PM

  11. What really sucks about this is that it now gives a shred of credibility to Breitbart.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Jun 6, 2011 5:03:46 PM

  12. "He made a huge mistake and the worst kind of action to his wife."

    Honestly? Sending a picture of your junk to a stranger on the internet is worse than punching your wife in the face?

    Posted by: nodnarb | Jun 6, 2011 5:10:30 PM

  13. he's done

    Posted by: flucht17 | Jun 6, 2011 5:18:18 PM

  14. "he's done"

    If you mean like David Vitter is done, you're right. If the Republicans have no problem with criminal fetishists, then they won't have a problem with a horny middle-aged guy who didn't commit any crimes at all. When a legislator hires prostitutes, that's our business. When a guy behaves stupidly on his own time, nobody cares. Weiner looks more human than ever, while Vitter will spend his entire life being regarded as a criminal and a creep.

    Posted by: justme | Jun 6, 2011 5:29:04 PM

  15. Aaaaaand the other shoe drops with the press conference. Color me intensely disappointed. David B. I know this may be tough for you to understand, but some people actually love and are attracted to their spouses. I know, WILD, right?

    Posted by: Sonneillon | Jun 6, 2011 5:35:36 PM

  16. Making yourself a laughingstock is not exactly the path to success.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 6, 2011 5:43:15 PM

  17. He's not kinda hot...he is hot...hehehe

    Posted by: wyocwboy62 | Jun 6, 2011 5:57:03 PM

  18. Seriously, straight guys who want to sext should be required to take lessons from gay guys. We are SO much better at revealing as much of our goods as possible while at the same time revealing as little as possible about who we actually might be. Taking a picture with family pictures in the background - in the office ? That's not even rookie, it's like baby infant.

    Posted by: tom | Jun 6, 2011 6:00:08 PM

  19. The only people upset about it are the smaller "members" of the house...seriously, he just laid 8 1/2 inches of Weiner's classic 'suck it' attitude on their doorstep. Good for you Mr.Weiner! I really hope you were sexting your wife though...cheating isn't cool.

    Posted by: Dana | Jun 6, 2011 6:42:47 PM

  20. Swallow your pride and sic the cops and lawyers on whoever invaded your privacy. DIG!

    Posted by: BobN | Jun 6, 2011 7:06:32 PM

  21. If the photos and texts are so wrong that people are crying for him to resign they shouldn't be publishing them so much.

    Posted by: Apsalted | Jun 7, 2011 2:21:01 AM

  22. This is so funny. Sexual repression in America causes all these hang-ups. And then...people like this guy (and the others who have been caught with their pants down)....EXPLODE! In many parts of the world this piece of "news" would have died in 30 seconds....In America, this, and Janet Jacksons breast are headlines. why?

    Posted by: Xavier | Jun 7, 2011 6:09:56 AM

  23. All politicians are socopathic to some degree. I'd do him in a New York minute!

    Posted by: LAXJFK | Jun 7, 2011 12:21:11 PM


    Posted by: Shannon | Jun 8, 2011 12:20:51 AM

  25. I just don't care. We could talk about how hot he is. But beyond that, I don't see what there is to talk about. His relationship with his wife and admirers is his business, not ours.

    If this was a Republican, he'd be nominated for president.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 8, 2011 3:13:52 AM

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