Vote to replace former Congressman Weiner on September 13

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 02, 2011 4:58 PM
Vote to replace former Congressman Weiner on September 13

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A special election to replace disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned after lying about sending lewd photos of himself to women over the Internet, has been set for September 13.

Governor Andrew Cuomo at the start of the July 4th holiday weekend announced the special election for the Ninth Congressional District to coincide with New York's statewide Primary Day. The district covers parts of Queens and Brooklyn.

Weiner, 46, a seven-term Democrat, resigned in disgrace over the sexting scandal in June under pressure from President Barack Obama and fellow Democratic leaders.

Once seen as a rising liberal star and likely future candidate for mayor of New York City, the newly married Weiner, a soon-to-be father, was tripped up by the very social media tools such as Twitter that had once made him so successful politically.

After a week of denials, he admitted he had lied and had inappropriate online exchanges with at least six women over three years.

(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Greg McCune)