WASHINGTON (AP) A U.S. lawmaker has decided to resign his seat in Congress after a two-week scandal spawned by lewd and even X-rated photos he took of himself and sent online to numerous women, relieved Democratic party officials said.
A formal announcement was expected later Thursday.
The furor over the suggestive photos and other revelations about Rep. Anthony Weiner has been a distraction for Democrats seeking momentum as they gear up for the November 2012 elections.
Weiner, 46, has been at a treatment facility at an undisclosed location since last weekend, and has not been seen in public since telling reporters last Saturday he intended to return to work.
One official said Weiner, who represents New York, telephoned House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steve Israel, the head of the party campaign committee, on Wednesday evening to tell them of his plans to quit after 14 years in office. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the private nature of the conversations.