Top Democrats have lost patience with scandal-ridden Congressman Anthony Weiner and now are openly demanding that the New York Democrat step down to prevent further embarrassment.
Former DNC Chairman Tim Kaine led the charge. “Lying is unforgivable,” he said. “Lying publicly about something like this is unforgivable, and he should resign."
|Rep. Anthony Weiner's tribulations are creating a distraction, according to leaders on both sides of the aisle. (Getty Images Photo)
Kaine’s no-nonsense statement came shortly after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made it clear that he has no time for Weiner. "I know Congressman Weiner and I wish there was some way I could defend him — but I can't," Reid said.
When asked what advice he would give the New York congressman, Reid was even more blunt. “I’d tell him to call someone else.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for an ethics committee hearing to investigate whether Weiner, who married Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin in July, abused his office when exchanging explicit messages with six women.
Republicans also believe he should quit. House leader Eric Cantor said on Tuesday, “I don’t condone his activity and I think he should resign.
“We’ve got a lot of serious challenges in this country and a lot of work for Congress to do. The last thing we need to do is get enmeshed in a discussion about Congressman Weiner and his Twitter activities.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Democratic leaders should force him out, but Weiner has said repeatedly that he has no intention to leave Congress, contending that he has not broken House rules.
Weiner claimed during a tearful news conference on Monday that he used only private phone lines and computers to contact the women. But two of the woman, Las Vegas blackjack dealer Lisa Weiss and Texas single mother Meagan Broussard, both say he used a number they traced back to Congress.
Weiner’s problems show no sign of abating as more details of the texts, Facebook messages and phone calls continue to emerge. ABC News reported that Broussard, 26, received a picture from Weiner that was similar to — but far more explicit than — the “bulging underpants” shot that started the scandal when he accidentally posted it to 45,000 Facebook followers instead of just to 21-year-old Seattle journalism student Genette Cordova.
“I don't think he has any control over what he's doing in this area,” Broussard said.
Weiner, 46, admitted on Monday that it is possible that X-rated photos of him exist and could find their way on to the Internet.
Text messages to Weiss, released by the tabloid website RadarOnline, also seem to belie Weiner’s claims that he was not seeking full sexual relationships with the women.
In one sent on Sept. 17, Weiss asked when Weiner was planning a trip to Sin City. “i'm ready for a vegas trip,” Weiner replied without using capitalization. ”truth telling during the day. got a night plan for us?”
Weiss responded, saying her night plans included watching “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report,” defacing Sharron Angle’s yard signs, and covering Glenn Beck’s books with copies of Barack Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope,” before adding, “or if this i not your thing, we can just get drunk and have mad, passionate sex!”
Weiner’s reply was, “why choose?” and then added, “i hear liberal girls are very, uh, accommodating of others.”
A few days later, Weiner admitted he had had a “crazy,dirty” dream about Weiss.
After several weeks without the two talking, things got much heavier in March with a series of sexually explicit emails between the two, according to Radar’s transcripts.
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