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Oy vey, it was his weiner.

A teary-eyed Rep. Anthony Weiner (D–Sheepshead Bay) unloaded his personal junk — and his apparent compulsion for sexting and sending sexually charged photographs of himself to female fans — to the nation on Monday afternoon as the 2013 mayoral hopeful admitted to not only tweeting a racy photo of his groin to a Seattle college student, but to having lewd online relationships with at least five other women.

“The picture was of me and I sent it,” Weiner, 46, explained, referring to the crotch shot that was accidentally broadcast to his army of 50,000-plus Twitter followers on May 27 and quickly became a nation-wide scandal known as “Weinergate.”

“It was a terrible mistake. I don’t know what I was thinking.”

On Monday, at least, he was thinking damage control: Weiner’s massive mea culpa at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan came just hours just after the right wing website www.biggovernment.com released bare-chested snapshots that the congressman allegedly sent another young woman through a Yahoo account on May 20 — three months after upstate Rep. Chris Lee (R–Buffalo) ended his career after posting a similar picture on a Craigslist dating site.

In the days after his Twitter followers received his lewd “member item,” Weiner claimed that someone hacked his Twitter account and sent the photo without his knowledge.

“Tivo shot. FB hacked. Is my blender going to attack me next?” he tweeted.

He remained tense but occasionally jovial during the first few days of the scandal, sticking to the hacked account story, though he admitted last Wednesday that he “could not say with certitude” that the crotch shot was his.

Reporters kept digging, and Weiner’s demeanor quickly morphed into ashen-faced silence for the rest of the week. He also missed several key engagements, including the annual Celebrate Israel parade and a gay pride march in Queens on Sunday.

But Weiner’s stiff upper lip finally snapped on Monday — and reporters got an earful:

• He admitted to having a brief online relationship with the Seattle co-ed, 21-year-old Gennette Cordova, before sending her the soft-core tweet. He said he had meant to send it to her privately, but accidentally sent it to all of his Twitter followers.

• Cordova wasn’t Weiner’s first cyber-dalliance. The seven-term congressman admitted to sending several lewd texts and e-mails to at least five other women on his Facebook page over the last three years, but claims he never met any of them in person.

• He continued to “sext” attractive young women even after he married Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, last year. Abedin, 35, wasn’t at Monday’s press conference, but Weiner said his betrothed knew about his pre-wedding cyber romps. But she didn’t learn about his more-recent online flirtations until Monday morning, the congressman said.

“My wife thought it was dumb,” he said. “She’s not happy.”

She’s likely feeling stronger emotions than mere displeasure, now that the full story is trickling out.

For example, one of the women in question, Nevada Democratic volunteer Lisa Weiss, had such an explicit online exchange with Weiner on March 16 that it cannot be printed here (though you can read it on RadarOnline.com). In short, it involved her discussing her oral sex prowess, and Weiner responding in graphic terms how excited he was.

And ABC News reported that in another exchange with a Texas woman, Meagan Broussard, Weiner sent explicit pictures — one topless shot even had framed photos of Weiner and his wife, and Weiner with Bill Clinton in the background. The woman sent back racy photos, and Weiner responded by sending a picture of himself on a bed, his eyes suggesting something between sultriness and neediness.

• In the press conference, Weiner couldn’t put a finger on why he’s such a horn dog.

“I don’t have any excuses,” he confessed. “I wasn’t drunk. I’m not on drugs. This was me doing a dumb thing, doing it repeatedly and lying about it.”

• He claims none of his libidinal-laced missives were sent on his office phone or computer, so he won’t be resigning.

“I accept responsibility for what I have done,” he said. “People who want to draw a conclusion about me from this are free to do so. I represented my district for 13 years and have been in politics for 20, so I hope my constituents can see this in the light it’s in — that this was a regrettable mistake.”

The jury — Weiner’s constituents — was still out in the congressman’s district by late Monday as voters were of two minds about their legislator’s cyber-sauciness.

George Skevos, an employee of the Mirage Diner on Kings Highway — where Weiner is a regular — said he wouldn’t vote for the congressman after Monday’s bombshell.

“He’s a liar,” Skevos said. “Liars promise one thing and do another.”

Daniel Abraham of Midwood agreed.

“People say it’s hard to gain somebody’s trust and it’s easy to lose it,” Abraham explained. “He basically lost all of it.”

Yet there were those who were willing to look the other way.

“We all have our little affairs,” said Mirage Diner customer Glenn Estrada. “At least he admitted it.”

Midwood resident Tara Castelli said she wasn’t fazed by Weiner’s crotch shot.

“If he’s the right man for the job, the photo doesn’t matter,” she said. “One thing has nothing to do with the other.”

Weiner’s colleagues in local government are also planning to give him a pass.

“You’ve got to feel for the guy,” said Councilman Lew Fidler (D–Mill Basin), a staunch ally of the congressman. “All we learned today was that Anthony Weiner is human and subject to the same frailties. Americans are very good at finding forgiveness for those who ’fess up and tell the truth.”

Flatbush Democratic District Leader Jacob Gold said Weiner was guilty only of was “youthful exuberance.”

“This isn’t a disqualifying factor,” said Gold. “A year from now, we’re all going to chuckle about this. Weiner’s a hard-driving, hard-working congressman — and that hasn’t changed. If this is the only misstep he’s made, then he’s a fortunate man.”

But Weiner may not make it to the polls. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D–California) is calling for a House Ethics Committee investigation “to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred.”

Weiner, known in the neighborhood as the “Midwood Mouth” for his entertaining tirades on the House floor, said he would “fully cooperate with any investigat­ion.”

Updated 5:24 pm, July 9, 2018: Includes new revelations.
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Reasonable discourse

Not Goish from Prospect Heights says:
And uncharacteristically Weiner's mentor, Sen. Charles Schumer [D-NY] remained mute.
June 6, 2011, 11:42 pm
Varina from Richmond says:
NY is losing two congressional seats.

I know who the first to go will be
June 6, 2011, 11:48 pm
jj from brooklyn says:
Of course, your head may fall short, since there are reliable reports that some of the tweets weren't all that "soft." In any event, it would be nice if Weiner would do the right thing and resign. He is not indispensable, either to his district or to progressive causes.
June 7, 2011, 5:55 am
tupelo35 from windsor terrace says:
so pelosi is holding an ethics hearing on weiner, if she finds he has any ,she'll have him impeached.
June 7, 2011, 6:42 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Only the best to represent us - and he exempted himself from Obamacare while ramming it through for the rest of the peasents.

Now give him a job next to Spitzer.
June 7, 2011, 6:48 am
kelly from cobble hill says:
Is one's name one's destiny? Discuss amongst yourselves. I question Weiner's judgement. If he is going to do this, what else is he going to do? Extremely poor judgment. What he did was just plain stupid. His constituents deserve someone better.
June 7, 2011, 8:23 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
The worst part about this, is that this whole mess now makes that D-bag Breitbart look like an honest reporter! Nice one Weiner... why don't you just donate a million to Sarah Palin's campaign while your at it?
June 7, 2011, 8:52 am
Stan LS from Gravesend says:
Jim, you are mad at the liar Weiner for making Breitbart, who accurately reported the story, like an honest reporter? Hm...
June 7, 2011, 9:18 am
O2 from Wburg says:
so who's weiner's primary opponent(s)?
June 7, 2011, 9:22 am
jj from brooklyn says:
breitbar deserves full credit on this one. few in media are angels and all will tilt a story based on their political views at some point. certainly the brooklyn paper has done so; so has the ny times, etc etc etc.

bottom line is: was breitbar's reporting on weiner honest (it appears to have been, particularly when matched against the ny times and msnbc).
June 7, 2011, 10:31 am
Rachael from Ft Greene says:
It's a sad fate, and one that too many men with power often seem to follow. I'd like to see Rep Weiner resign, go to counseling, work for the public good in NYC for a year or two then run for Mayor - but that last part only if he is cured of his illness.
June 7, 2011, 2:35 pm
jerry from brighton beach says:
They should have a reality show.. Call it.. The Real Men of the TJ( Thomas Jefferson) Club.
Look who came out of this Democratic Club:

Starting with Meade Esposito, Carl Kruger, Chuck Schumer, Frank Seddio,
Anthony Weiner, Herb Berman, Bernie Catcher, BP Marty Markowitz etc. etc.
June 7, 2011, 2:53 pm
Joey Bots from Bots town says:
Weiner must go!!! This is not acceptable behavior.
June 7, 2011, 3:33 pm
LOLcat from Park Slope says:
OMG consensual phone and or text sex. The horror! I would be more pissed if Weiner DID resign over something so trivial than that he wont.
June 7, 2011, 6:04 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
Resign, Anthony. Maybe Bruce Ratner or "NBBL" will give you a job. Schmuck.
June 8, 2011, 5:33 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Don't resign!

You are now just a punch line!
June 8, 2011, 8:53 am
tupelo35 from windsor terrace says:
i feel it's time to lighten up on weiner, after all he and his pregnant wife are expecting a nine pound nose.
June 10, 2011, 8:36 am

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