Weiner Resigns: What's Next For The 9th District, Constituents

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Three weeks of sordid pictures, salacious emails and a growing chorus of the nation's leaders asking Congressman Anthony Weiner to step down, finally ended when he announced his resignation Thursday afternoon.

So, what's next for the people in the 9th CongressionalDdistrict? Under state law, the governor can call a special election and the winner will fill out the remainder of the term. There are 19 months left for Weiner's seat.

But New York is slated to lose two House seats in 2013 due to a population shift and some have speculated that when lawmakers redraw congressional district boundaries, Weiner's district may get swallowed up. The person who wins the special election may not even have a district and the conclusion of the truncated term.

And voters won't get to pick the candidates who would run in the special election. Reports say they would be picked by party bosses and while the district is traditionally Democratic, reports say Republicans are circling.

Now, Anthony Weiner needs a job and his wife, Huma Abedin, is pregnant.

But some pundits are already speculating Weiner will eventually try to make a political comeback.

Reports say he has roughly $4.5 million in campaign funds. Money, that was for the upcoming New York City mayoral race, he can use to run for office in the future. And if he does intend to spend it on a future political comeback, he does not have to give it back.

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