Rep. Anthony Weiner faces an uncertain political future after the married New York Democrat admitted Monday in a stunning, nearly half-hour news conference that he had conducted “inappropriate” and sometimes explicit exchanges with six women he met online over the past three years.

Weiner apologized, saying he is “deeply ashamed,” but has no plans to resign.

Yet the House leader from his own party, Nancy Pelosi, publicly called for an ethics investigation into Weiner’s actions, and even if he were to be cleared of wrongdoing in such an inquiry, it remains to be seen whether voters from his New York City district will re-elect him to an eighth term in 2012.

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