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WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 3 – Anthony Weiner

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - We're at number three on the WCBS Newsradio 880 countdown of the top 11 Tri-State area news stories of 2011, and a major political scandal.

WCBS 880's Wayne Cabot With The Story


U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner's rise through politics seemed headed straight for Gracie Mansion, but it was gone in a tweet.

"The photograph does not look familiar to me, but before I say anything, I want to make sure that nothing was manipulated about it," said Weiner when the scandal first broke open.

The Brooklyn/Queens Congressman's career was undone, but not necessarily by the racy photo sent to a Twitter follower, but by the days of deception, bold denials, and parsing of words.

"Congressman, I think the main question that everyone has is 'Was that a picture of you?'," asked a reporter.

"Well, the main question that a lot of people are asking is 'Did I send the photograph?' I did not. This was a prank, a hoax," answered Weiner.

"So, it sounds like it was a photo of you," replied the reporter.

"Well, we're gonna try to find out exactly what happened," said Weiner.

It didn't add up and finally Wiener broke down.

"I've done things that I deeply regret. I brought pain to people I care about the most and people who believed in me, and for that, I'm deeply sorry," said Weiner.

Sure, he had his defenders.

"I know one thing. He wasn't going with prostitutes. He wasn't going into the men's room with broad stances," said Harlem U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel.

"The chorus grows for Anthony Weiner to resign," reported WCBS 880's Alex Silverman.

But the late night jokes, made all too easy by his surname, proved too much.

Finally, on June 16, he said, "Today, I am announcing my resignation from Congress."

Last week, Anthony Weiner got some good news. He became a daddy. He sent the news to friends in an e-mail.

WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 11 – Gov. Chris Christie
WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 10 – Tour Bus Crashes
WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 9 – Gay Marriage
WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 8 – Leiby Kletzky
WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 7 – Occupy Wall Street
WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 6 – 9/11 Plus 10
WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 5 – Tolls
WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 4 – Earthquake

We'll continue the countdown with number 2 on Friday morning! Stay tuned!

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