NEW YORK (Reuters) - A special election to replace
disgraced former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, who
resigned after lying about sending lewd photos of himself to
women over the Internet, has been set for Sept. 13.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, at the start of the Independence Day
holiday weekend, announced the special election for the Ninth
Congressional District to coincide with New York's statewide
Primary Day. The district covers parts of Queens and Brooklyn.
Weiner, 46, a seven-term Democrat, resigned in disgrace
over the sexting scandal in June under pressure from President
Barack Obama and fellow Democratic leaders.
Once seen as a rising liberal star and likely future
candidate for mayor of New York City, the newly married Weiner,
a soon-to-be father, was tripped up by the very social media
tools that had once made him so successful politically.
After a week of denials, he admitted he had lied and had
inappropriate online exchanges with at least six women over
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Greg McCune)
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