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An embarrassed and ridiculed Rep. Anthony Weiner, announced his resignation from Congress after more than a dozen years on Thursday June 16, 2011.

According to a senior Democratic aide, Weiner informed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steve Israel chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, of his decision Wednesday night.

The congressman held a conference on his decision Thursday afternoon telling the press,

“Today I am announcing my resignation from Congress 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.”

Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was seen entering the couple’s home in Queens before the press conference, but was not at the Brooklyn event that took on a circus-like atmosphere as many booed and jeered while Weiner spoke for about three minutes.

The scandal had become a distraction for House Democrats, who had raised pressure on Weiner to resign in recent days after he admitted to exchanging lewd photos and messages with women he met online.

Weiner was being pressured by many to resign including President Barack Obama.