What’s more ridiculous than Representative Anthony Weiner’s last name? Probably all this sex scandal stuff that he is getting caught up in. The Democratic House Representative is being asked by numerous officials to resign from his position in Congress. However, Weiner is being defiant having declared that he is not resigning from Congress, despite the call from House Democratic colleagues to do so.
In a New York Post interview, Weiner responded with “I’m not” in response to a question about him resigning the position he has held since 1999. The reporter then asked about Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin’s pregnancy and the sex of the child, both of which Weiner had no comment on.
In a statement from Weiner, the Congressman said, “Look, I’ve betrayed a lot of people and I know it and I’m trying to get back to work now and try to make amends to my constituents and to my family of course.”
However, despite Weiner’s apologies, it is no surprise that the Congressman’s sexual activity on the internet, which included sending explicit photos to young women, has made a lot of his colleagues very uncomfortable. The fact that Weiner refuses to resign is in direct defiance to calls from over half-a-dozen of his colleagues who want Weiner out of Congress.
The highest ranking House Democrat to call for Weiner’s resignation was Representative Allyson Schwartz from Pennsylvania. The spectrum of those wanting Weiner to resign was broad and included everybody from highly liberal Democratic Representative Earl Blumenauer to the more conservative Representative Larry Kissell. Other Representatives, like Michael Michaud, Niki Tsongas, Joe Donnelly and Mike Ross, are all jumping on board as well. Even some Senators, like Patrick Leahy and Mark Pryor, are asking for Weiner’s resignation.
A White House spokesman has stated that the White House has no official comment on Weiner, his actions or him being asked to resign. Even Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who attended Weiner’s wedding, has stated that he thinks the New York Representative should step down and so did House Majority Leader Eric Cantour. Fellow New York Representative Peter King has stated that Weiner’s clout in Washington has been diminished.
When asked if it were possible for more pictures to surface, Weiner stated, “As I said when I spoke at the press conference on Monday that I exchanged inappropriate things with people and I think that I’ve now got to deal with those consequences.”
As long as naked pictures of Hillary Clinton don’t surface, I think I will be fine.
Source: Politico – Anthony Weiner: No Plans to Resign