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.

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  1. God

    I will smite him......he shall pay for his sins... ...i am sending swarms of reporter locusts to set upon him...there will be a public media stoning...and he shall be cast out of the chamber of the house to wander in the wilderness of the private sector where he will wander for eternity in the valley of political death...

    June 11, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dreamer96

      So your GOD huh,,,, so tell me, What is the deal with the platypus? Left over parts? What?

      June 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • rufusclyde

      "...and he shall be cast out of the chamber of the house to wander in the wilderness of the private sector where he will wander for eternity in the valley of political death..."

      ...where he shall make mucho dinero and live happily ever after? (like others before him)

      June 11, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIkinAZ

      can you and rufusclyde just stop with the nonsense talk...really. An all knowing, all powerful being who lives in the sky? c'mon people evolve already...oh yeah invisible too

      June 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • rufusclyde

      Nonsense talk? Really? Don't you know that...

      "Progress is the Root of All Evil," according to General Bullmoose?

      June 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FTM

    I don't know if this is a spasm of a dying leftist "Lame Stream" media hack or an example of poor, ignorant, uneducated people getting the political representation that they diserve.

    June 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. God

    the platypus was an expression of my infinite sense of humor

    June 11, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Satan

      That's cool. I take sadistic joy in manipulating petty creatures as well. I guess we aren't so different after all...BROTHER!

      June 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. daveindenver

    This guy was a shown to be a complete idiot even before this episode and the progressives still support him. When you throw Rangle, Edwards, Jefferson and the rest in to this pot, it stinks pretty bad.

    June 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • rufusclyde

      ...for some reason, you left out an equally long list of loathsome Republicans...

      June 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angelique

      Double standards?!?! So unbecoming of a Republican dave, you ought to be ashamed.. oh wait, I think I have that wrong. That IS what is expected of you. Carry on.

      June 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIkinAZ

      thats why they call us progressives...we try to look beyond silly distractions in order to make PROGRESS. unlike the religious right who relinquishes their decision making responsibility to some book written in the mid east dessert...which makes those people anti-progressive.

      June 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • rufusclyde

      Nonsense talk? Don'tcha know that...

      "Progress is the Root of All Evil," according to General Bullmoose?

      June 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Guy

    Finally I think he should stay...
    The media can get over it to kill the guy and this is their now only sucesses: destroying people and hiding the real issues of the country...The media loves the trash...
    As far as the other polticians, liars and not competent, theives and not worth much more..
    Get over it, all in the same bag...

    June 11, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Avser Bastian

    DICTATOR OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION....LEARN WHO, HOW, AND WHY RUINED YOU…FROM 911 TO WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEES IN EXILE SEEKING ASYLUM TODAY http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com WHO/WHY//HOW CREATED SCHOOL SHOOTINGS(Arizona incl.) – HAARP AUSTRALIAN FLOODS(Incl. deliberately busted oil pipe in gulf of Mexico) – LEARN ABOUT REAL HUMAN FLASH EATING MACHINE – WIKILEAKS is CIA – BREAST FEEDING INSANITY PROTESTS – FACEBOOK or CIABOOTH !!? – NWO MULTICULTURALISM SWINE/PIG FLUE SYNDROME – ESKIMO SARAH PALIN'S "BRIDGE TO NOWHERE" – NEWS/MEDIA OR SIMPLY BIG FAT VACUUM WORLD OF LIES !!?? – THE REAL DON'T ASK DON'T TELL, BUT DIE !!! – OBAMINATOR'S FREE HEALTH CARE PLANE or GENOCIDE BASED ON FORGIVE AND FORGET – UN-chef Ban Ki-moon or CHINESE BAN KEY MONKEY(who is he in reality) !!? – NEW WORLD ORDER POLITICAL PARTIES(not there for you, but instead to seal your faith for their own parliament pay$$ scale !!!) LEARN WHAT DO LIBYA AND EUROPE OR USA HAVE IN-COMMON !!

    June 11, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCow11

      Space Cadet.

      June 11, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • rufusclyde

      ...learn where your caps lock key resides on your keyboard...

      June 11, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. felix1877

    He is a very good politician.

    June 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoNotHump

      Hitler was probably a cute baby; what's your point ???

      June 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rck

    Can we move on to real news? Let Weiner pay his dues and on to the next media sucking frenzy.
    Let him get back to being the exceptional congressman. For every evangelist, every president, and in the modern age many women as well that have made errors in judgement make a mens and move on. It is now boring beyond belief.

    June 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Iamrightyouarewrong

    Oompa loompa dupity doo I've got another riddle for you. What must you do when your account has been hacked. Only in  boxers, your flag at full staff. First you must lie, so nobody would laugh. Now that the truths out, you may get the shaft. New York has 
    spoken, their divided in half. Feeling the pain now, a charlie horse in the calf.  Not thinking with wiener you would have wore a gaff, like the, like the other reps do. 

    June 11, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mrs. Thing

    This is a little off topic, but has anyone seen my bar-b-q apron?

    June 11, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neighbor

      Did you look on the hook on the back of the door?

      June 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pete

    what an idiot......

    June 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lea

    How many more of our elected officials are praying they are not the next one outed?
    Bet there are a buncha them!

    June 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Balancing Irony

    Now that we have exposed Weiner, will we also get Boehner?

    June 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    Hi Satan. You are a POS.

    June 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tony Mack

    Those with doctorates in education, psychology, and sociology stipulate that man makes his laws based upon social beliefs, mores, and norms. Well, if your norm is to accept lying then you certainly deserve the Weiner. Good luck New Yorkers on your future mayoral selection.

    June 11, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
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