June 16, 2011: Rep. Anthony Weiner Resigns to Spend More Time on Social Networking Sites
Brooklyn, NY — Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY, has resigned from the United States Congress “to spend more time on Social Networking sites.” Currently, Weiner uses “Twitter and Facebook regularly”, but wished to have “more personal time to explore and expand into Linkedin, Friendster, Flickr, and FourSquare…. I might even go retro and try MySpace again.”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Congress. I can’t say that I am leaving politics for good, but I do look forward to seeing who will replace me on Capitol Hill,” Weiner said. “I plan to immediately friend that person on Facebook.” Weiner, Congress’s first openly Twitter-using lawmaker, was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1998 mid-term elections, filling the seat previously occupied by Democrat Charles Schumer, who successfully ran for the U.S. Senate that year.
Weiner complained that the new House Speaker John Boehner has “not allowed Congressional members to use any Social Networking sites” while on the floor of Congress, and prefers that “members pay attention to the debates being conducted on the House floor.”
“That brings our membership up to 110 million and one active users monthly,” explained Anderson, as he announced plans to reach out to the remaining 434 members of Congress.