Politicians aren’t mincing words when it comes to telling Anthony Weiner to resign. Not even Democrats.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House leader, politely suggested that Weiner seek professional help with his sexual addiction problem “without the pressures of being a member of Congress.”
Harry Reid, Democratic Senate Leader, said he can’t defend Weiner’s actions.
Representative Stony Hoyer called Weiner’s behavior “bizarre” and “unacceptable.” He doesn’t see how Weiner can “proceed and effectively represent his constituency.”
Representative Steve Israel of New York said Weinergate has “become an insurmountable distraction to the House and our work for the American people.”
Democratic National Committee chief Debbie Schultz echoed Israel’s “insurmountable distraction” comment and urged Weiner to “step aside for “the good of all” and take care of his family (i.e. his pregnant wife).
Representative Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania flatly said “he should resign.”
Republicans, predictably, echoed the call.
Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said he doesn’t see how Weiner can proceed in his position as a Congressman.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Weiner’s “actions and deception are unacceptable and he should resign.”
Republican House Leader Eric Cantor doesn’t “condone” Weiner’s activities and thinks he should resign.
It’s easy to understand why Republicans are harsh on Weiner, who was formerly one of the flashiest public critics of the Republican Party.
As for Democrats, they are abandoning him because he was a lone wolf loudmouth. While his style won him a small national following (an impressive feat for a Representative), he didn’t bother to cultivate close allies.
The biggest reason for the calls of resignation from both parties, however, is the severity of the scandal. First, there are the six illicit online relationships. Then, the phony hacking story and cover-up media tour during which he lied to the American press and public. After his confessional press conference, more illicit photos he exchanged with women online have surfaced.
To top it all off, Weiner sent private messages on Twitter to a 17-year-old female high school student. They weren’t illicit, but what on earth was he doing chatting up a girl who’s not even old enough to vote?