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Embattled N.Y. Congressman got political start at Plattsburgh State

Rep. Anthony Weiner Rep. Anthony Weiner

Plattsburgh, New York - June 7, 2011

"I haven't told the truth," Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, said Monday. "And I've done things I deeply regret."

A day after Weiner admitted to sending lewd pictures over the Internet and lying about the allegations, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi formally requested a House ethics probe.

"I don't see anything that I did that violates the rules of the House," Weiner said.

Congressman Weiner started his political career in Plattsburgh. The Brooklyn native chose Plattsburgh State, originally aspiring to be a television weatherman. He also wanted to play hockey and even though he brags about playing hockey while at Plattsburgh, he never played on the Cardinals varsity team. Shortly after arriving on campus Weiner quickly found a new passion for politics. He ran for student Senate with the campaign slogan "Vote for Weiner. He'll be frank." He finished 16th in a race for 15 seats. But he joined the student Senate after another student dropped out. Also during his time records show he organized a number of student protests, including a sit-in at the president's office. Weiner graduated from Plattsburgh State in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science.

Local members of Congress are weighing in, including Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, who once served on the ethics panel and agrees an investigation is warranted. In a statement, Welch said, "Congressman Weiner's actions were appalling, inappropriate and self-destructive. He has compromised the trust of his family and his colleagues and tarnished the office entrusted to him by his constituents."

Rep. Bill Owens, D-New York, issued this statement: "This is clearly an unfortunate situation, one that Congressman Owens believes is best dealt with between Congressman Weiner, his wife, and his constituents."

For now, Weiner says he has no plans to resign.

Matt Henson - WCAX News

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