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Opinion: 'It's not the crime -- it's the cover up'

Tuesday - 6/7/2011, 2:58pm  ET

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U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., reacts during a news conference in New York, Monday, June 6, 2011. After days of denials, a choked-up New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday that he tweeted a bulging-underpants photo of himself to a young woman and admitted to "inappropriate" exchanges with six women before and after getting married. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Dave McConnell, wtop.com

CAPITOL HILL - So, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has finally admitted what many suspected: He sent out a lewd tweet to a college student in Seattle after insisting he'd been hacked, blaming a prankster for sending the revealing photo.

It's now known that Weiner sent inappropriate messages to other young ladies -- before and after he got married.

His tearful apologies aside, political observers in New York City say Weiner has gotten himself into a lot of trouble. Fellow Democrats blame him for distracting the party from the momentum they were building over condemning the Republican Medicare plan.

Questions are growing about Weiner's effectiveness as he tries to put out the political wildfire. And now, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has asked the Ethics Committee to look at Weiner's activities.

This keeps the story alive and could stoke more suspicions. Weiner had been a high-flying New York Congressman, aiming for City Hall and a race for New York Mayor. But now he's got to salvage a career thats been badly shattered.

His Brooklyn and Queens constituents are said to be fairly sophisticated, and had Weiner's district been farther north, the issue may have been a whole lot different.

As Watergate taught us, it's not the crime -- it's the cover-up.

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