Anthony Weiner photo row: How the Brits got there first

Anthony Weiner speaks to reporters in New York. Photo: 6 June 2011 The Democratic representative also acknowledged "inappropriate" communications with women online

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Perhaps it was years of teasing about his name that drove Congressman Weiner to tweet his underpants.

It could be taken by some as a moment in the country's decline. After all, the picture shows no evidence of American exceptionalism, let alone manifest destiny.

But then again, perhaps it is a testament to national purity and moral vigilance.

After all, posting pictures of one's undergarments is the sort of thing you expect 12-year-olds to get up to, not rampant politicos.

Still "lewd" has such a nice ring to it.

And I am rather ashamed to admit, we Brits, got there first. A Labour politician called Chris Bryant once did something similar.

He said it gave him many sleepless nights at the time of his exposure, but he now regards it as a "charming scar" on his career.

It didn't stop him rising to the dizzying heights of minister for Europe. But remember, it's not big , and it's not clever.

Mark Mardell, North America editor Article written by Mark Mardell Mark Mardell North America editor

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    Comment number 181.

    On June 15, Ginger Lee [ a porno movie actress], one of the women Weiner had exchanged emails with, told a press conference that when she requested advice from Weiner on how to respond to the media, he had advised her on June 2 that if they both stayed quiet the scandal would die down.(Wikipedia)

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    Comment number 180.

    It's such a shame for a congressman---a public figure to show his lewd pictures. He should've think it many times before doing so. He was risking his credible position in exchange of transient contentment. Well anyway if a person in the state of 'flirtation' or 'oestrus' it's hard for him to resist though he knew it's wrong. This must served a lesson not only to public figures but to individuals.

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    Comment number 179.

    Embattled Democratic New York Rep. Anthony Weiner will resign his seat in the House of Representatives, a senior Democratic source says.

    Weiner, who represented New York’s 9th District since 1998, admitted earlier this month that he had sent lewd images and messages over the Internet to six women and more illicit relationships had emerged since then. (CNN)

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    Comment number 178.

    So glad Congressman Weiner decided to seek tweetment for his terrible affliction? I've heard of rehab for drugs or booze, but where does one go for habitual lying? Just another example of the Elite Class that now leads America today.


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