New Yorkers weigh in on Rep. Weiner
New Yorker Dale Kaplan says Rep. Anthony Weiner "was a voice for things that I strongly believe in" but says he probably should resign.
June 11th, 2011
12:26 PM ET

New Yorkers weigh in on Rep. Weiner

Rep. Anthony Weiner is under pressure in Washington to resign over his sexting-and-lying scandal, but he still enjoys support among some of his constituents in the New York City borough of Queens.

CNN's Jason Carroll is speaking with New Yorkers on the street Saturday to get their opinions.

"I have a very hard time with the resigning thing," Dale Kaplan told Carroll. "But personally, in a very selfish way, I was crying when I heard about it because he was a voice for things that I strongly believe in, and that voice has now been taken away. Who's going to take his place? Nobody. And I'm so, so incredibly upset about that.

"Should he resign? Yeah, I guess he should; everybody else is resigning," she continued. "I mean, I don't think he did anything so awful, but he's taking away from the party. ... It's just causing so much furor that we shouldn't be talking about. That's the only reason.

"I feel sorry for him as a person," Kaplan added, "because, to see a man's life fall apart right in front of your eyes, it's very, very depressing."

Others in Weiner's 9th Congressional District may be similarly conflicted. A Marist College poll released Thursday showed 56% of registered voters there don't believe he should step down; 33% believe he should. The district covers portions of Queens and Brooklyn.

Reporters swarmed Weiner when he stepped out of his Queens apartment Saturday morning, apparently to run some errands. He repeated his answers to previous questions and dismissed reporters as he ducked into an ATM kiosk.

However, he stopped and turned around when a woman ran up behind the gaggle of journalists and shouted to him:

"Thank you, Anthony! I just want to let you know that I support you no matter what. I support you, OK? That's your private life. You are a great man. I need a right man in the right position, OK? I support you. We all support you. ... All the people of New York want to make sure that you are the next mayor."

Weiner shook the woman's hand and thanked her before going back inside the banking kiosk.

soundoff (356 Responses)
  1. Carl

    Regardless of your politics, how can you possibly disagree with the following: Anyone showing the extremely poor judgement Rep. Weiner showed should not be representing anyone in Congress. He should resign or be forced out.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Phillipa

    Weiner just couldn't keep it I his pants...just like many other men I've heard of...too bad his arrested development wasn't arrested.

    June 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Phillipa

    That's *in* his pants.
    Sorry for the error.

    June 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    I think he meant downstate New York looking down on him.

    June 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    If you call a pig wearing an ear ring glamorous.

    June 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cissy

    and would you just brush this under the rug if that was your 17 year old daughter he was having on line conversations with? you people are fukking stupid!

    June 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Slayer

      He must have been playing with his weiner when he was talking to the girl

      June 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phillipa

    New York City is cool. Filled with people from all walks of life....it has something for everyone.
    There are pigs everywhere; it's not mutually exclusive to NYC.

    June 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mascon

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with redemption. Americans I notice are very big on punishment for some reason. What Weiner did was just plain silly and I doubt he will be naive about social media anymore. Bottom line NO BIG DEAL. Also I believe with Twitter and Facebook you have to follow or friend someone to receive anything from another party. The receivers have choices too.

    June 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheila

      Well said, Mascon!

      June 13, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Who cares what he tweeted.. The fact is he lied when his tweets were uncovered. What else is he covering up? Illegal campaign contributions.. a real crime... The real issue is that he can't be trusted and so he should resign. End of story.

      June 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • dr. myles

      At the same time, isn't it lowering the office of our congress? I mean, I wish to remain totally neutral in terms of of partisan-politics, i'm just saying, i don't care which way you lean politically, let's at least keep a standard for our government. also, i should think no matter which way you lean you must represent the people with dignity and character, and by character, martin luther king, abe lincholn, not hugh hefner.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. DrPete

    To all of you NYers still supporting Weiner! Get real guys! You need this guy out like YESTERDAY! Think about it...you are having him make highly important decisions that will impact how you and your CHILDREN! and FAMILY! lives. Consider this: He has demonstrated VERY POOR JUDGEMENT!, No one in congress trusts him nor wants to associate themselves with him nor do they even want to talk to him, I don't believe anyone will feel they can trust him on any major decision making! So, just consider everything that matters to you and your family and I believe you'll be demanding his resignation ASAP! Good luck!

    See hw reply above (pasted below!):

    hw
    Not sure whether Weiner behavior has anything to do with being a Democrat, Republican, Independent. What he did was not a political issue. What he did was an immature, depraved and power hungry behavior. It should not be tolerated by anyone. He is an elected official who should be above reproach, no matter how good he is, *******he violated the people's trust.******** If the same behavior was ellicit by Joe Six pack, who cares. But a member of Congress, no. All those who are caught in lies, perversiveness, etc. ******have no business representing the people of the United States, period!******

    June 12, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse | Reply

    June 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nixson

      Well doc I hate to burst your bubble b/c what your saying does make sense on paper...This is a private matter between him and his wife, stupid yes, bad judgement on his part yes. But he has a connect with the people of new york, they want him to stay, they want him to be mayor...This is just the begining of people in public postions getting "busted" cheating or flirting or w/e hell you call that...all thanks to social media.

      June 12, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • SFC S

      He did the exact same thing that MILLIONS of Americans do daily. MILLIONS of people in the same country looking to lambaste him for. He stands as a voice for his people, and as is political practice he shall be a PARIAH until someone else steps on their pud. Get a life outside of what the media feeds you as SCANDAL. If hes made good solid decisions in office and a misstep in his personal life then thats a mistake in his personal life.
      He isnt founding a religion, hes stumbles just like we all do. And yes she had to add him as well, and IF SHE didnt put information or misrepresents herself there is no way to know HOW old she is.

      June 13, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. The Prince Of Lightness

    @HD: Philadelphia was the first capital.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CharlieEcho

    High School Students are being punished for "six-ting". Some even placed on abusers lists. Should a grown man, a representative of "the people" be exonerated for such lewd behavior. We've let this "expression" movement go too far. We expect morals from our leaders and should accept nothing less. The "man" should step down and beg forgiveness in other venues. We must hold our leaders to a higher calling, that's why they are chosen.

    June 13, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. weasel

    Another example of what you get when you vote for the :PARTY OF CRIME"!

    June 13, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Smiles70

    He has as much right to send pics as everyone else, just like we have the choice to log on to his profile and look at them! if you are logging on and looking thats your fault not his! We have a choice to look or not to look! Who is the pervert those who send them or those who log on to look! This subject is all about choices that everyone makes, if you don't want to see DON'T LOOK!

    June 13, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. CSG

    If Clinton can keep his job as president after what he did, which actually was illegal, then as far as I'm concerned Rep. Weiner did nothing wrong.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sabrina Cire

    To all of you fair weather friends: Anthony Weiner is awesome! Remember this, when the Congressman stuck up for 9/11 rescuer's medical benefits? Take a Look http://youtu.be/W4zwCMf8dsc

    June 14, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
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