While increasing numbers of politicians on both sides of the aisle clamor for Democratic U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign because of his sexual peccadilloes and lies, a couple of Democratic House members from America’s heartland are letting money do their talking. Tim Walz of Minnesota and Betty Sutton of Ohio are regifting the equivalent of money that Weiner contributed to their campaigns to local charities.
Walz donated $3,000 to a local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans on Tuesday, according to the La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune
Although Walz did not comment publicly on the reason for his contribution, one can read between the lines on his check. Federal campaign finance records show that Weiner contributed $1,000 to Walz's campaign on March 27, 2007, and $2,000 on Nov. 16, 2009, the Tribune reported.
Sutton had issued a statement Tuesday saying that she would donated the equivalent of the New York Democrat's contributions to her to local charities.
The 46-year-old Weiner’s troubles over sexting and other inappropriate online conduct with several women, and his lies to cover them up, have escalated since his tearful confessional moment on Monday. At that time, he apologized profusely to his wife, Huma Abedin, who did not appear with him at the news conference.
On Wednesday, reports surfaced that Abedin, who is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, is pregnant. Former President Bill Clinton officiated at the wedding of Weiner and Abedin in July.
Adding to the furor later Wednesday was the appearance on the Internet of an X-rated photo that is said to be of the congressman, as well as the first calls from fellow Democrats for him to step down.
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