Rep. Anthony Weiner followed the political playbook closely in dealing with his own sexting scandal: First, deny all wrongdoing. If that doesn’t work, start making vague concessions and/or backroom deals. Next, hold news conference, apologize completely and go to rehab.

Well, the formula didn’t work in Weiner’s case, as the New York congressman finally stepped down Thursday after weeks of embarrassing exposés in the media and conflict on Capitol Hill that led to pressure from both parties for him to give up his seat. Note to would-be politicos: Watch what you tweet. –KA

The New York Times:

I’m here to apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment that I have caused,” Mr. Weiner said, adding that he had hoped to be able to continue serving his constituents. “Unfortunately,” he said, “the distraction I created has made that impossible.”

Mr. Weiner announced his resignation in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, at a senior center where he announced his first campaign for City Council in 1991.

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