Pressure grows for Weiner to resign
June 8th, 2011
11:12 AM ET

Pressure grows for Weiner to resign

Pressure continued to mount on Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, to resign Wednesday - one day after Democratic leaders turned their backs on the embattled liberal congressman.

Weiner, who is married, admitted earlier this week to engaging in sexually tinged communications with multiple women and lying about it. The admission has led to a growing chorus of calls for him to step down. While most of the calls are coming from Republicans, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said Tuesday that Weiner's attempted cover-up of the scandal makes him unfit for office.

"Lying is unforgivable," said Kaine, now a U.S. Senate candidate in Virginia. "Lying publicly about something like this is unforgivable and he should resign."

While other Democrats haven't explicitly called on Weiner to step down, they have done little to demonstrate any support for him.

"I wish there was some way I could defend him, but I can't," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, told reporters Tuesday. Asked what he would say if Weiner sought advice, Reid smiled and responded: "I'd tell him to call someone else."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, who called for an ethics investigation Monday, released a letter Tuesday detailing her formal request for the inquiry. Weiner publicly apologized Monday for sending flirtatious messages and images on Facebook and Twitter to six women over the past three years and then denying it for a week.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    This is the silliest thing we could discuss.
    Of course he lies. He couldn't work in politics if he didn't lie.
    His main problem should be with his wife.
    It's none of our business.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • J

      We have a right to know, I believe. How can we trust that an immoral man at home will come to work and be the moral leader we seek? I feel bad for his wife, but I feel worse for all the Americans he convinced that he was a good guy.

      June 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. J

    Weiner seems to be an immoral man, wish we knew this before his run. Do us all a favor and rat out all your immoral buddies on your way out. No one is perfect, but your actions prove you unworthy to serve the American people. You should forfeit your benefits as well, you didn't earn them.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Republicans Are The American Taliban

      Like Sen David Vitter and John Ensign? Do you feel equally as incensed against them?

      June 9, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Incogneato

    He isn't Tiger Wood's Joey. He does have some things in common with Woods though. like neither are fit to lead. Ha Ha! Get it? 'Fit to lead'...LMAO.

    June 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      @ Incogneato my friend my buddy you do give some good one's at times , how you doin?

      June 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Different incognito Joey. I didn't know someone used that s/n. I should probably stick with Ahkmed anyway. Have you ever met him Joey? He's an Arabic comedian whose humor is tolerated by al-quida much as, say, Lenny Bruce or...what's his name? (created South-Park) are tolerated. Right now Ahkmed is 1/2 way to the LA Aquaduct with a truck-load of orange water color, disguised as an Mexican migrant worker bringing more workers into the country. He thinks people in LA will just laugh if they hear a big BOOM! and their water turns orange at the same time. What do you have that goes BOOM! in the LA area, and how many pesos does it cost? Ahkmed the Terror Guy wants to know.

    June 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. The Cog

    At least Wiener's wife isn't pregnant. Oh wait. She is. Decisions, decisions.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Mrs. Wiener

    What do I do now? I'm pregnant from a pervert and everyone knows. My child will go through life thinking he was born that way, and everyone knows it. Look! There goes little Pervy!. No thanks. PP for me? No? Why not? I'll freaking sue your azz.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Republicans Are The American Taliban

      Sounds like you interviewed Bristol Palin...

      June 9, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Momma Meyers

    Boy, I kept tellin' your a–zzz stop being a weiner cuz when dem people see you been waggin' the dilly dallies they will eat you. Now go on in ney and warm ya bun cuz it seems dey aint about to let you go til dey done roastin' ya weiner. Thats what you git for having a hard head and coming in dis house all hours of the night reekin' of onions and chilli! Git on in ney and dontcha come out til dem buns are warm. Oh Lord, pleeze don't let 'em git the mustard behind ma boy! He'sa good child.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. km6xu

    There exists no sadder sight than that of a resigned Weiner...

    June 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Cesar The Chorizo Champ of Chihuahua

    I eat human sh!t.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Iz Teremka Kennel

    Isn't Weiner ashamed of what he did?

    What type of example is he setting to the younger generation?

    Is this acceptable behavior?

    June 9, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Chris

    Weiner's behavior is a family decisions 51% of which is the hands of the wife. If lying were an impeachable offense there wouldn’t be an active member of congress starting with Democratic Leaderslup??? Nancy Pelosi (and her pretensions republican behavior). Leadership demands compassion for not just for the sick, downtrodden, and labor but the ill, misspoken, and thoughtless NOT buckling to the religious right. The police and religious leaders get second and third chances.

    An idea let politicians judge right from wrong! Second though insist it be left to the voters!

    The greatest problem is politics is failure to show good judgment in what to report, how much to report and when enough is enough. It’s a 40 press-40 politians-20 public problem. Politicians have no ability to shut up little lone speak without being inflammatory or outrageous.

    June 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Dee

    ANTHONY WEINER SHOULD NOT RESIGN !!! DNC should have the courage and strength of Rep. Weiner to fight for Americans [the poor, children, seniors Americans] as Rep. Weiner has shown thru-out his career. Yes, Rep. Weiner has the guts to take on those of the GOP and the wimpy DNC that could care less about the welfare of Americans and favor the Elite. Yes, Weiner made a stupid mistake – but who was killed or dead in his misgivings and stupid acts – No One !!! DNC stand down !!! Weiner is excellent is his congressional position and should stay. Unfortunately, Weiner is one of a few DNC members that is speaking out, looking out for the greater good and welfare of Americans. Weiner take a leave of absence and come back stronger than ever!!! We, Americans, LOVE AND NEED YOU now and forever !!! PLEASE DON'T QUIT !!!

    June 12, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • i2i

      HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Oh wait, you're serious.

      =|

      HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bremmer

    I don't want lairs and cheats in Washington telling me how to live. what else is he hiding his progressive depopulation agenda, and his part in the destruction of America, he is a @#$% and needs to be punished for his deeds.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. StIves

    Mr. Weiner knows that his days in the Congress is over. His own fellow congressmen is abandoning him for his actions and those pictures. Like Eddie Long, he has to face the music. Its over for Long as well as for Weiner as well. Pictures are worth a thousand of words and they are saying a lot about the his actions. Eddie Long tryed the same things, but his piactures also out there and he is married and his actions is worth a thousand of words, he can't retract or take back anything he has done. Public officials have the lease amount of forgiveness!

    June 15, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
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