BEAUMONT, Texas—The father of a Beaumont woman who admitted to having an electronic affair with a New York congressman says his daughter is overwhelmed and his family is praying for the lawmaker.
"I didn’t know anything about it until this weekend," Gary Broussard said of the scandal.
On Monday, Rep. Anthony Weiner admitted to sending sexually explicit photos to six women on numerous occasions.
That same day, one of those women – 26-year-old Meagan Broussard of Beaumont—went to New York to tell her story to national media outlets.
But when she returned to her home Tuesday, Broussard wanted to be left alone. She said she didn’t realize the full impact of telling her story.
"There’s really nothing else to say, you know. I’ve said everything I needed to say," she said in a brief interview outside her home.
Her father said, though he didn’t know much about his daughter’s relationship with the Congressman, he knew it was "very brief."
According to published reports, Broussard’s first contact with Weiner was in April when she "liked" a YouTube clip that was posted on the lawmaker’s Facebook page.
In a statement on biggovernment.com, Broussard said the daily exchanges went from friendly to sexual.
"He was trying to get me to talk about myself sexually, and I said, straight up, ‘I’m not an open book.’ I was real blunt," Broussard wrote.
Over the next month, Broussard and Weiner reportedly exchanged photos, emails and Facebook messages.
"’You know, it’s not like we were having sex over the phone or anything like that,’ she even said that. If that’s true, I hope it is. If it’s not, well, I forgive her," Gary Broussard said.
Broussard is a student at Beaumont’s Lamar University, where she’s studying to become a nurse.
"All of this still makes me really nervous. I live in a small town. I don’t want this and all the anxiety that comes with it," she wrote on biggovernment.com. "I just hope to be left in peace."
"I pray for the congressman that he can go on with his life and realize that there is life after this, that this will pass, and we’re praying for the congressman just as we are praying for my daughter," Gary Broussard said.
Weiner, who is married, said he does not plan to resign, but House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday formally requested a House Ethics Panel to investigate.
Her father said the twice-divorced single mother of a 3-year-old boy was in the Army a few years ago, about to be deployed to Iraq, before she got pregnant.