Democrats Express Relief at Weiner Resignation

Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 02:32 PM

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Democrats are expressing relief at the resignation of U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner and hoping it will allow them to put the sexting scandal behind them quickly. Members of Congress made it clear that they would much rather be discussing the economy and jobs instead of embarrassing photos of the New York Democrat, The New York Times reported.

Anthony Weiner, resignation“It wasn’t a question of if he resigned. It was when he resigned,” Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., said on MSNBC. “The hemorrhaging will stop. The hemorrhaging politically to the institution will begin to subside as well.”

Also appearing on MSNBC, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said Weiner made the “right decision,” the Times reported.

The scandal came at a bad time for the Democrats. They had just wrested away from the GOP a House seat vacated by a Republican forced to resign for his own online indiscretions. The Democrats had won the long-held New York GOP seat by focusing on Republican plans to remake Medicare.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California refused to discuss Weiner at her weekly news conference. “As usual, we are here to talk about jobs, protecting Medicare and the middle class,” Pelosi said. “If you are here asking questions about Anthony Weiner, I won’t be answering any. I’ve made the statements I’m going to make.”

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