Cantor: Dems Should Strip Weiner of Committee Posts

   on June 13 2011 4:08 PM
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. REUTERS

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on Monday that Democrats should strip embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner of his committee assignments if the New York congressman doesn't resign from the House of Representatives, USA Today reported.

I'm hoping that they will begin to move, if he does not resign, toward things like stripping him of his committees, Cantor told reporters at his weekly Capitol briefing. I don't think that we have time for this. We obviously have a lot of other issues to be concerned with.

The Virginia Republican has repeatedly made calls for Weiner to resign after the Democrat admitted last week to sending explicit photos and messages to at least six women through social media for the last three years, and then lying about it.

Despite calls for resignation from both sides of the political aisle, Weiner has refused, saying Saturday that he will seek a leave of absence and go into a treatment facility. Ignoring calls, even, from the top leaders of his own party - Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and national chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz among them.

Declining on whether to say the House should attempt to block his leave of absence request, Cantor said Democratic leaders should to whatever it takes to force Weiner to resign.

I think this kind of behavior is unacceptable, Cantor said.

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