LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — After nearly a month’s worth of lewd Twitter messages, shirtless photos and enough media male genitalia puns to last a lifetime, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner announced his resignation from Congress on Thursday.
Weiner’s announcement was greeted with some cheers by a raucous crowd that included hecklers and radio shock jocks, but here in the Southland, the reaction was far more muted and almost bordering on relief.
KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschuitta reports the news was met with a host of off-color jokes unfit for broadcast and even more apathy from the public.
“It doesn’t matter to me one way or the other, we’re all human, but it’s probably for now the best thing,” said one woman.
Another woman tried to put a positive spin on a political career that has likely been cut short.
“I think it’s a shame we’re putting so much focus on their peccadilloes when there’s a lot of good stuff he was doing too,” she said.
Weiner said he had hoped to remain in Congress but conceded his predicament had made that impossible, instead opting to resign “so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative and, most importantly, that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused.”
Ultimately, many Angelenos were glad to see the whole story finally go away.
“A week is long enough,” one man said.
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