Rep. John Larson, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, had been gingerly tiptoeing around the scandal engulfing Rep. Anthony Weiner, the New York Democrat who admitted to sending lewd photos and texts to women via Twitter. But now that Weiner has officially relinquished his House seat, Larson has issued a formal statement.

Here it is:

“It’s difficult to watch the self destruction of a friend, and to witness the breaking of hearts over what can only be categorized as reprehensible behavior and bad judgment.

“I appreciate the extraordinary difficulty for Anthony and his wife Huma.  I hope that he will get the help he needs and that together they will work their way through this.

“Ultimately, as I’ve said, the decision was Anthony’s to make.  He made the decision with the best interest in mind of not just himself, but his family, his constituents, and the nation.”

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