NBC NEWS — New York Congressman Anthony Weiner admits "the picture was of me and I sent it. I am so sorry for the pain this has caused my wife Huma and our family."
Weiner confesses no one admits no one hacked his Twitter account. He sent a lewd photo of himself a college student-- then panicked when he realized he accidentally posted it publicly.
It turns out it wasn't Weiner's first time "sexting" . Weiner says "over the past few years I have engaged in several inappropriate conversations conducted over Twitter, Facebook, email, and occasionally over the phone..."
Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart broke the story and claims he has more photos of Weiner. NBC News hasn't verified them.
But how damaging is this to the Democrats?
MSNBC Political Commentator Richard Wolfe says "It's gonna be very hard for him to maintain public trust. And his colleagues are gonna want nothing to do with him.
Ryan Grimm, the Huffington Post Washington Bureau Chief says "If you're a donor, are you going to be jumping to write Anthony Weiner a check at this point?"
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants an ethics investigation-- Weiner says he'll cooperate but won't step down.
Weiner's been considered a rising star in the Democratic Party and some analysts think he can still win re-election.
Reported by Tracie Potts NBC NEWS