He's a 46-year-old with a pregnant wife, and now he's out of work. What are his prospects? Plenty of Americans find themselves jobless in today's economy, but not many are former congressmen who tweeted themselves out of elected office. Anthony Weiner, a onetime contender for New York City mayor, announced his resignation from Congress Thursday after weeks of being pilloried.
Mr. Weiner admitted earlier this month to engaging in lewd online exchanges with six women and then repeatedly lying about it as part of a botched cover-up.
For the first time since he was elected to the New York City Council in 1991 at age 27, Mr. Weiner no longer holds a government office, and his prospects of holding elected office anytime soon appear dim. With the loss of his $174,000-a-year congressional salary, Mr. Weiner will soon learn what job opportunities are available now that his name has become a national punch line.
"I got into politics to help give voice to the many that simply did not have one," Mr. Weiner said at the news conference on Thursday announcing his resignation. "Now I'll be looking for other ways to contribute my talents to make sure we live up to that most New York and American of ideals: the idea that leading a family, a community and ultimately a country, is the thing that all unites us, the one thing we are all focused on."
Mr. Weiner didn't give any specifics on what he might actually do for work. An aide to the former congressman declined to comment Thursday on Mr. Weiner's future plans.
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