Weiner trying to get back to work, not resigning

 @ibtimes on June 10 2011 11:41 AM
U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner
U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) arrives for a news conference in New York, June 6, 2011. REUTERS

Rep. Anthony Weiner is trying to get back to work and said he won't resign.

I'm trying to get back to work now and trying to make amends to my constituents and, of course, to my family, he told the New York Post Thursday.

He was asked whether he would resign.

I'm not, he said.

Weiner has previously said he has not broken any rules of the House of Representatives or laws. 

As for any official House action on the matter of Weiner's admission to sending lewd photo tweet messages, House Ethics Committee Chairman Jo Bonner, R-AL would not speak directly about the matter. He said the rules governing a probe are lengthy and the decision needs to be made by a full committee.

It can't be done with just one member of the committee saying something, he told WKRG.

According to the rules, only a House resolution - requiring more than half of members voting in favor - can direct the Committee to investigate.  Beyond that, the committee may exercise its authority in the following cases:

-          A direct complaint by a Member of the House

-          A complaint by a non-member backed by a Member in writing

-          The Committee's own initiative

-          A referral from the Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics

House Democratic Majority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, citing's Weiner's own admission of inappropriate conduct, said Tuesday in a letter to Bonner that a probe is warranted to see if Weiner broke any rules of the House.

Weiner has indicated he welcomes an investigation.

The Committee has not announced any decision.

The highest level call for action for his resignation has come from House Republican Leader Eric Cantor,  who said the House has better things to do than discuss Weiner's Twitter activities.

There has been a House Republican leadership call for his resignation from Rep. Eric Cantor, R-VA. The only call among Democrats for his resignation was Rep. Allyson Schwarz, D-PA.

A White House spokesman, when asked about the situation, said there was no comment on that story.

Beyond that, the controversy has swirled in non-official circles.

Columnist/blogger Andrew Sullivan said he saw little reason why Weiner should resign. He called the swift resignation of another New York congressman over a topless photo sent by e-mail recently a stupid response and a bout of Puritanism.

Cable pundit and small business owner Will Cain said Thursday that Weiner should lose his job for having spun an elaborately fabricated story about being hacked, painting himself as a victim.

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