People from the Briarcliff community said they weren't surprised that Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned Thursday from his post as Congressman of New Yorks 9th District, and that he should have resigned from the start of his Twitter sex scandal.
"Cover-ups in government are no good," said Wendy Philips, a salesperson at the William Raveis realty company on Pleasantville Road. "He's disgusting, not so much because of what he did, though that's pretty disgusting, but because of his lies."
Weiner's sex scandal began weeks ago when he used the social media website Twitter to send a sexually suggestive photo of himself that was meant for a 21-year-old college student in Washington State to a public Twitter account.
Weiner then tried unsuccessfully to diffuse the situation. On June 1, he told media that someone else, perhaps a "hacker," had published the photo. Then on June 6, he confessed that he had in fact sent the photo and other sexually explicit electronic communications to about six women, including the student, over the past three years.
"I just don't understand what he was thinking," said Marie Alpert, the owner of Images Art Gallery on Pleasantville Road. "Those social networks are not anonymous and you really have to think about what's out there. You send it out and you can't pull it back."
Donald Borho, the owner of Wondrous Things lifestyle store on Pleasantville Road, said Weiner should have just resigned from the start of his scandal instead of acting sophomoric and narcissistic.
"People have got to be wondering, 'Is that the best use of his time as a congressman?'" Borho said.
Briarcliff resident Michelle Stangarone preferred not to think too much about Weiner's scandal. a"Good. He should resign. I feel like there are more important things to focus on," she said.
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