ABC News’ John R. Parkinson (@JRPabcDC) reports:
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi reacted to Rep. Anthony Weiner’s announcement today that he will resign from office, noting that while he “exercised poor judgment in his actions and poor judgment in his reaction to the revelations” Weiner “made the right judgment in resigning.”
“Today, with the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents and the recognition of his need for help, Congressman Weiner has announced that he will resign from Congress,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement. “I pray for him and his family and wish them well.”
Weiner’s Democratic colleagues in the New York congressional delegation also responded to the decision to step down, noting their disappointment in his actions, but also recalling Weiner’s strengths as a legislator and wishing him the best in the future.
“Anthony has been a strong advocate for his community and an influential legislator,” Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., said in a statement. “Although I was deeply disappointed in his behavior, this is a sad way to end his congressional service. I know Anthony and Huma well and I know brighter days are ahead for them and their family. I wish them the best during what is surely a difficult time in their lives.”
“This is a sad day, but Anthony has made the right decision for himself, his family and the Democratic Party,” Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., noted. “He will be sorely missed by me and his constituents. I wish him the best.”
House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson, D-Conn., said it was “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,” Larson said. “Ultimately, as I’ve said, the decision was Anthony’s to make. He made the decision with the best interest in mind of not just himself, but his family, his constituents and the nation.”
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel, another one of Weiner’s colleagues from New York, echoed Larson’s sentiment, adding that without the distraction of Weiner’s scandal sucking up political oxygen on Capitol Hill, the House of Representatives can get on with the people’s business.
“Anthony’s decision to resign is right for him and his family, our party, and our country because we have serious work to do in Congress,” Israel, D-N.Y., said. “Last week Republican leaders introduced a bill to privatize Social Security, and the American people deserve an undistracted debate on it, Medicare, jobs, and other important issues.”