Solemn-faced and bleary-eyed, Rep. Anthony D. Weiner stood before a room choked with pulsating camera flashes, microphones, anxious news reporters and a band of New York citizens whose faces showed no mercy. His wife of less than year, Huma Abedin, was noticeably absent from his side.

Weiner’s June 16 press conference confirmed what various news outlets had been speculating for days – that the seven-term representative would resign after years’ worth of sexually charged tweets reached the public consciousness.
“I’m here to apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment that I have caused,” Weiner, 46, said, adding that the media blitz surrounding his Twitter activity made work difficult. “Unfortunately, the distraction I created has made impossible.”

Ironically, the New York native chose to announce his resignation at the same Brooklyn senior center where he first declared his run for the City Council in 1991. The audience that once rang with cheers of approval now responded to Weiner with vulgarities and jeers, with one heckler shouting, “pervert” amid the din.

As additional women made their interactions with Weiner public in recent days, his fellow Democrats turned a cold shoulder as well, with President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pushing for his resignation.

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will now fill Weiner’s vacant seat by holding a special election.