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. milton clarke

    he should step down because he lied? are you kidding. by that standard there would be no one in congress.

    anthony. get help and get back to d.c and continue to represent your districk as you have. great work you do it is needed. kiss your lovely wife and thank her for me.

    June 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sad Truth

    So sad that politics has become more about saving face for the party then about the issues and the individual people that they represent.

    Who cares if Democrats look bad? Who cares what democrats in others states think? The only people that matter are those that this man represents.

    June 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. milton clarke

    anthory don't step down

    June 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sad Truth

    No wonder our great country is getting so screwed up. It's no longer about what the people of America wants, but what the Democrat and Republican party leaders wants.

    June 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mabel floyd

    where is my email? and where are the rest of the emails?

    June 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jean2009

      Maybe check pages 1-4.

      June 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • rufusclyde

      You wouldn't be related to Count Floyd, would you?

      June 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jean2009

    You know sometimes when you look back at history,foibles and all, we would all currently be better off financially if we had let Bill Clinton serve four terms and skipped the Bush fiasco.

    June 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      Oh, what a wondeful world it woud be!

      June 11, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mabel floyd

    as long as vitter is there weiner should stay. weiner talked dirty-but vitter acted dirty-vitters behavior was a crime–weiners behavior was sleazy–but not criminal.
    weiner should be cencered
    vitter should be on trail with possible prison

    June 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fred

    Clinton just happened to be prez when the US came out of international bancruptcy. (filed for relief during the great depression. International bancruptcy is awarded for 70 years...not 7) If Snoopy were prez back then...

    June 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT

    Who cares its only new york. .they cant even keep planes from bumping into buildings then freak out wimps they are!

    June 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dreamer96

      I can't believe you, your lucky the world does not know where you live.. It was a stupid thing to say....P.S. the NYPD could probably request your email address, I'm sure they would like to talk to you along with the NYFD.....

      June 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kenny

    It appears Weiner has "taken matters into his own hands".

    June 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mz TMarie

    Its the lying not the actions that's the problem. If he'd 'fessed up, the only person upset would've been his wife. Instead he tried to make it look like the conservative activists were trying to set him up. Now everyone's checking him out, and if anyone inappropriate got pictures he's toast.

    June 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. beermorebeer

    Don't step down!!

    June 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tony

    Does it ever acquire to any of “CNN Political geniuses” that A. W. can say goodbye to Dems, declare himself an Independent and to survive another day? I have 2 words for you: Joe Lieberman

    June 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LawyerDad

    Most of you have got to be kidding. He cares about his district? Please. If he did, he would have stayed 100 miles away from this stuff so he wouldn't embarass anybody, like say, his mother even. But he didn't do that. AND 92% of his funding comes from out of the district. So you think he cares about what anyone in his district says or thinks?

    It's unbelievably obvious that Weiner should resign to save his party hemmoraghing damage. If he cared about his party or even his country at all, he would do that, but he's not going to do that. Why?

    Why? Because the only things that Weiner cares about, besides his penis and ego, are his paycheck, his power, his career, and himself. He could care less about anything else. He doesn't even care about his wife or his unborn child. And it shows. He will fight tooth and nail to hang on to his power and his paycheck no matter who he wrecks. If he loses this job, what else is he going to do to pay his bills? What else can he do? Just watch.

    Sorry. The truth stinks. But it's the truth.

    LawyerDad

    June 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      What are 1,000, 000 lawyers at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean called?

      A GOOD START!

      June 11, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mmmhmmm

    The sheer irresponsibility of keeping a name like "Weiner" shows the man was a little short in the brains department.
    And running for Congress with a name like that is just promoting a giggle-fest anyway.
    Why did he think it was okay to lie? Because he is a politician.
    Why is he a lying politician with a joke name? Because he is short on brains. Just like Boehner.
    We need a representative meritocracy not a goofed-up democracy...but over all that we need ACCOUNTABILITY.
    Corruption is still having a field day. Ethics is a meaningless word without accountability.
    And ANY self-regulating group, organization, government, etc. will always become corrupt. ALWAYS.
    It's the nature of the beast to become corrupt. That's why politics is always such a filthy mess.

    June 11, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
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