Weiner's Constituents Wrestle With Mixed Feelings

ElectionsPoliticsAnthony D. WeinerChuck Schumer

Embattled Congressman Anthony Weiner announced his resignation Thursday after a twenty-one day battle to save his job in wake of a lewd photo scandal.

At the T-Bone Diner in Anthony Weiner's hometown of Forest Hills, Queens, constituents had their eyes glued to the television set as they watched their congressman quit.

"I feel sorry for the man," said Queens resident Herbert Weinstein, adding, "He should have resigned before all of this."

Fellow diner Beverly Majors says she does not feel sorry for Weiner since the scandal surfaced. "Twice he said he was telling the truth and twice he lied. So you lie, you're gone," said Majors.

Donnie Fine agrees Weiner should have resigned, but adds, "That doesn't mean he wasn't a good representative."

It is Weiner's track record as a Representative that has some of his supporters saddened by his speech on Thursday.

Alfred Schulman doesn't think Weiner should have resigned. "He was a good politician. He helped the people."

At a Brooklyn bagel shop, it was a similar sentiment from the Congressman's constituents.

Bob and Judy Berlin have lived in Sheepshead Bay for 50 years. "His position would not have meant anything if he didn't step down," said Bob Berlin.

Some of Weiner's fellow New York politicians have stopped short of saying Weiner should have stepped down.

US Senator Chuck Schumer issued a statement Thursday that read:

"On this sad day, we should not forget that Anthony Weiner was an effective and passionate advocate for the people he represented in Queens and Brooklyn. He has served his community, city and country well for over two decades. I wish him, Huma, and his family only the best."

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