Representative Anthony Weiner refused to step down on Tuesday even as friends deserted him and political foes bayed for his blood.
Responding to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s statement that Weiner should quit, the disgraced politician said: “He’s (Cantor) entitled to his viewpoint ... I’m not resigning, no.”
But how long can he hang on to the public office after he squandered away people's trust by denying that he sent the lewd photograph to a woman's Twitter account?
Also, it has emerged later on that though Weiner made a teary-eyed apology, he probably was not saying all truth even at that point.
He said he did not use a Congress phone to engage in sex chats with women, but the latest revelation by a one of his online mistresses has proved him wrong.
The woman, identified as the 40-year-old Las Vegas blackjack dealer named Lisa Weiss by Radar Online, said Weiner did indeed call her from a Congress phone number and that they engaged in phone sex during work hours.
In an exclusive interview to Radar, Weiss said she shared 220 messages with Weiner during his extramarital online affair with her which began on August 13 last year.
The gossip portal also published a full length transcript of steamy online exchanges between Weiner and Weiss.
The transcript, replete with lewd messages and raunchy, explicit chat, will embarrass him further and diminish his stature as an elected official.
Several Republican leaders came out in the open against Weiner, whose hallmark was outspoken criticism of the GOP policies and politicians.
Meanwhile his fellow Democrats have deserted him, steering clear of trouble. Interestingly former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who had resigned after his liaisons with prostitutes had become public, turned against Weiner, saying that the Congressman breached the trust of the people by saying that his Twitter account had been hacked.
The New York Times has reported that, rather than trying to support Weiner, the Democrats are focused on finding out a candidate to field when Weiner's seat becomes vacant.
High ranking Democratic Senator Harry Reid suggested on Tuesday he would not be the one to support Weiner. He said
his advice to Weiner would be: “Call someone else.”
“I wish there was some way I can defend him, but I can’t,” Reid said, according to the Washington Post.
Making things worse for him, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said a House ethics committee investigation will be opened against Weiner.