Reax to Anthony Weiner's Resignation From Congress

Constituents, elected officials and others react to Rep. Anthony Weiner's resignation from Congress.

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Weiner's political mentor, New York Sen. Charles Schumer: "On this sad day, we should not forget that Anthony Weiner was an effective and passionate advocate for the people he represented in Brooklyn and Queens. He has served his community, city and country well for over two decades. I wish him, Huma, and his family only the best."
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: "It has become clear this is the right decision for Anthony, his family and his constituents. My office will work to ensure the needs of all the constituents of the 9th congressional district are fully served in Washington."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: "Congressman Weiner exercised poor judgment in his actions and poor judgment in his reaction to the revelations. Today, he made the right judgment in resigning. I pray for him and his family and wish them well."
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Rep. Steve Israel said Weiner's sexting scandal had become "an enormous distraction.'' Israel says the Democratic Party put no pressure on Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, to get her husband to resign. Israel says he advised Weiner to resign and "left the rest up to him.''
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New York Rep. Nita Lowey: "There is life after Congress and I hope Anthony Weiner devotes himself to repairing the damage he caused to his personal life."
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House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, of Maryland: "I have said that Congressman Weiner needed to do what was best for his constituents, and I believe today he did just that. He and his family will be in my thoughts in the days ahead."
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New York Rep. Edolphus Towns: "Despite his personal problems, Congressman Weiner was an extremely effective lawmaker who had a positive impact on his constituents and the nation as a whole. He championed many causes, and was tireless in his efforts to make life better for all Americans. His voice will be missed. My heart goes out to Anthony Weiner and his family at this difficult time and I hope forgiveness and reconciliation rules the day."
Rep. John Larson, of Connecticut: "It's difficult to watch the self-destruction of a friend, and to witness the breaking of hearts over what can only be categorized as reprehensible behavior and bad judgment. I appreciate the extraordinary difficulty for Anthony and his wife Huma. I hope that he will get the help he needs and that together they will work their way through this."
New York Rep. Joseph Crowley: "Anthony has been a strong advocate for his community and an influential legislator. Although I was deeply disappointed in his behavior, this is a sad way to end his congressional service."
Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who first broke the Weiner Twitter photo story: "I think he's doing his party and the country a favor, and it's a wise decision. The country is going through too much to be obsessed by one narcissist in Brooklyn."
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Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer: "My heart goes out to Congressmember Anthony Weiner and his family on this day, and I wish him well in the future. As a member of the House, he was always a fighter for his constituents and the city during the past 13 years."
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Assemblyman Rory Lancman, a Democrat floated to run for Weiner’s post: "This is all heartbreaking for him and his family and going forward the district needs representation on a whole range of issues that will come before Congress in the next year. It is very important that the district have someone who is really going to represent the interests and needs of the people in this community as Anthony Weiner did for so many years."
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg: "It's always tragic when somebody's career, regardless of who's at fault or what it's about -- it's a lost opportunity."
Former Mayor Ed Koch: “Let’s hope this gives him an opportunity to change himself.” Koch said Weiner’s political career isn’t permanently over, but is for the next 10 years, giving him time to redeem himself.
Ginger Lee, who said Weiner emailed her sexually charged messages, said: "I am glad that he has resigned. After the past three weeks and everything that transpired before that, I think that he is making the wisest decision for himself, for his family, for everyone else drawn into this scandal and for the Democratic Party."
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In Weiner's district, constituent Teresh Budhu said he does not think Weiner needed to resign. "We're all human -- we all make mistakes. He didn't do anything bad -- it's just his personal life."
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In Weiner's district, constituent Eli Bynum says the disgraced congressman made the right decision. "Now that he lied and there are more pictures resurfacing, it makes the Democratic party look bad and hurts Obama's re-election bid."
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Constituent Rasprit Kaur says "I think he was pressured into it."
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Constituent Terence Jones: "It was wrong... he lied -- that's the worst thing to do."
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Constituent Baichu Gangaran says Weiner shouldn't have resigned. "Everybody makes mistakes. He didn't commit a crime ... let him see through this storm, from there if he wins credit back from the people, give him a second chance."
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Constituent Sara Rubin says "I've always liked him and still like him and would like him to stay in office. I hope he comes back in some sort of political office."
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