Anthony Weiner: Timeline of a Scandal

Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 11:47 AM

By Martin Gould

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New York Rep. Anthony Weiner stepped down from the House of Representatives today after three weeks of trying to save his job.
Here’s a timeline of the scandal that led to his downfall.

May 27
: A lewd picture of a bulging pair of gray undershorts, addressed to 21-year-old Seattle journalism student Gennette Cordova, is posted to Weiner’s 45,000 followers on Twitter.

May 29: Weiner’s spokesman denies the Congressman sent the picture, saying his account was “obviously hacked.”

May 31: Weiner speaks to reporters for the first time, but dodges questions on the Twitter post. He calls one reporter a “jackass” for pressing him on the point.

June 1: Weiner tells CNN’s Wolf Blitzer he did not post the picture and has hired attorneys to investigate.

June 3: The Congressman cancels a speech at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention as pressure starts to grow from fellow Democrats for him to resign.

June 6:
Blogger Andrew Breitbart publishes more pictures that he sent women. One is of Weiner’s naked chest. Weiner holds an emotional press conference in which he finally admits he had sent sexual messages to six women. He said he had intended to send the original picture privately to Cordova, but accidentally sent it to all of his followers. House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi calls on the Ethics Committee to investigate Weiner’s actions.

June 7: The tabloid web site TMZ reported that Weiner had offered his PR team to porn star Ginger Lee to help with media questions about messages he sent her. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says, “I wish there was some way I could defend him, but I can’t.”

June 8: A photo of Weiner’s naked genitals is posted on the Web after Breitbart shows it to radio shock jocks Opie and Anthony. Former DNC chairman Tom Kaine becomes the first leading Democrat publicly to call on Weiner to resign. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton, flies to Abu Dhabi with the Secretary of State as the first step on a week-long overseas trip. The New York Times reports that Abedin is pregnant.

June 9: A Marist College poll shows that a majority, 56 percent, of his New York constituents think he should stay on. Cordova tells the New York Times she was “taken aback” when Weiner sent her the picture.

June 10: Weiner admits he sent messages to a 17-year-old high school junior from Delaware, leading to a police investigation.

June 11
: Weiner says he is asking for a two-week leave of absence from the House to seek treatment to become “a better husband and healthier person.” Pelosi changes her tack and calls on Weiner to resign. Other leading Democrats soon follow.

June 11: Police say Weiner’s contact with the Delaware girl did not break any laws.

June 12
: More photos that Weiner sent women emerge. They show him half naked in the House gym.

June 13: President Barack Obama tells NBC’s Ann Curry that he would resign if he was in Weiner’s position.

June 15: Abedin returns to Washington.

June 16: Weiner resigns the seat he's held for 12 years.


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