Remember how NY Rep. Anthony Weiner said that he hadn't tweeted a picture of his penis? Well, he actually did tweet a picture of his penis. "The picture was of me, and I sent it," a teary Weiner told reporters today. He admitted that he's sent "inappropriate" messages to half a dozen women over the past few years, but said that he hadn't cheated on his wife of one year, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. (Maybe Abedin's job will be a help here — I feel like Hillary might have some unique guidance on handling this situation.)
Weiner's confession comes as ABC News prepares to run an interview with Meagan Broussard, a twenty-six-year-old woman to whom Weiner had been sending sexual messages. Conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com also posted a picture of a shirtless Weiner. (Check out their site — at the moment it's basically AnthonyWeinerSextingNews.com.) So maybe Weiner realized that his initial claims (weirdly, that the picture was of him but that he wasn't the one who'd tweeted it — nearly Clintonian levels of hair-splitting there, and false to boot) probably weren't going to hold up for long.
Weiner is shaken and already in the "describing one's wife as 'a remarkable woman'" stage of repentance, but the congressman, known for being combative, also said that he would not be resigning, and that "I am sorry, and I continue to be, but I don't see anything that I did that violates any rule of the House. I don't see anything I did that certainly violated my oath of office." There's the old fighting spirit. Up, Weiner!