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Anthony Weiner still says he won't resign, doesn't rule out more photos

 Huma Abedin, left, aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton,  center, walk to a meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheik Mohammed bin  Zayed Al Nahyan at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab  EmiratesRep. Anthony Weiner, confronted with a New York Post reporter armed with a video camera, explained Thursday that he was on his way to his community office and was not going to resign from Congress.

"I've betrayed a lot of people and I know it, and I'm trying to get back to work now, try to make amends to my constituents and of course to my family," a contrite Weiner said.

Yesterday Weiner was in the news for several reasons, the most salacious being the appearance of an X-rated photograph allegedly of the congressman. The image was on conservative Andrew Breitbart's cellphone and photographed by the Opie & Anthony radio program where Breitbart was a guest.

When the reporter from the Post asked Weiner on Thursday if there are any other photos of him that may surface, Weiner did not say no.

"As I said when I spoke in my press conference on Monday, I exchanged inappropriate things with people and I think that I've got to now deal with those consequences," he said.

Yesterday the New York Times reported that three sources confirmed that Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, an aide of Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, is pregnant. Today when asked about the....

...pregnancy, the congressman refused comment. Abedin is traveling with Clinton; On Thursday they met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Yesterday Weiner found an ally of sorts with former Gov. Eliot Spitzer who said he empathized with the congressman.

"Look, let me be very clear. I sympathize with Anthony Weiner. I know he is going through torment like virtually no other," said Spitzer, who was forced to resign as governor when it became known that he had frequented high-priced prostitutes over a period of several years while he was in office.

"But his greatest sin, from the perspective of the public, was not being truthful at the moment of crisis. Because what that showed, unfortunately, was a flaw in his judgment," Spitzer said. "That trust and bond has now been broken ... not just by the behavior, but by that additional lie on top of it."

 

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Photo: Huma Abedin, left, aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, walk to a meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Credit: Susan Walsh / Associated Press

 

 
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He needs to quit not because he sent the photos, but because he had the bad judgement to do it. How can you ever trust someone in power who did somthing so dumb.

He should resign because he has demonstrated very poor judgment. How can he be entrusted with the serious responsibilities of Congress when he has shown himself to be so utterly irresponsible. I cannot imagine what he was thinking but there are some obvious character flaws evident here.

He needs to quit because he used his standing as a member of Congress to prey on young women who contacted him about political issues. No one should have to worry about getting a picture of someone's crotch when they're trying to talk to a congressman about what's going on on Capitol Hill.

You called this Weiner thing the other day, it’s because we are MEN. I’m more mature now but I remember a time in my youth I was whipping that thing out every chance I got. I didn’t need no Twitter

This Weiner thing, at most, was a good joke around the water cooler or construction site for about a week. But it sure ain’t news. I think Republicans use this kind of CONTROL by AUTHORITY gotcha stuff to get their jollies off with. Y’know, like all those rumors in the 90’s about Ken Starr and all his Republican friends masturbating to Monica Lewinski testimony, right Larry Craig?

How this thing became news is exactly what’s wrong with this nation of shameless hypocrites. Why is this news, because Andrew Brietbart says so, COME ON! This is a guy is such a evil smear mister I’d knock him out if I could get close enough, just to be known as the guy who knocked out Andrew Brietbart. And Donald Trump, YOU’RE KIDDING, right? Anyone who follows these silver spoon trust fund baby is a moron.

I’m thinking this is the dirty tricks those sore loser Conservatives have to counter the special in NY’s 26 because it’s not really news or deviant is it. Y’know what’s obscene to me that with all the problems this nation is facing, with all the enemies of true democracy that any news organization would waste precious broadcast time on what Weiner does in his free time. I don’t care what my leaders do in their free time as long as they do good on the job. Even though I’m not in Anthony Weiner’s district the man is one of a precious few in Congress that actually fights for Progressives. We’ve lost so many already to the Brietbart… Van Jones, Shirley Sherrod, ACORN… I’m not going to lose my Weiner to these Conservative wackos and their low grade thought processes. Not only do many on the Left NOT fight back but all of the sudden we got all these prudes on the Left who’ve been badmouthing Weiner. I want to know what they did to Ed Shultz while he was being punished. Did Comcast sent him to re-education camp? See jinnbad.blogspot.com for the WHOLE story.

Spitzer says, "I know he is going through torment like virtually no other." I bet their wives would beg to differ.

He needs to resign because he sent the photos, exposing himself to blackmail which could potentially affect every taxpayer, and because he lacked the character to own up to his mistakes until he had no other choice.

This should be in the congressional bylaws... (click link above)

He may think tweetin' aint cheatin', but the perv needs to lose his seat!

Weiner is holding on to his seat out of desperation for his political (and possibly his marital) future. I suspect that Republicans secretly want him to remain in office as long as possible ... the Weiner scandal is the gift that keeps on giving, and has already nullified the momentum that Dems had after the special election in NY26, and the longer it continues the more damage it does to Dems.

A picture is worth 1,000 words; that's what makes this so different from most previous scandals. And there will be many more pictures of Weiner coming, I suspect.

The sewer rats in NYC deserve him...I'll never set foot in NYC again. The entire city is a national disgrace.

Mikifinn:

To REP WEINER:

DO NOT LET YOUR FELLOW CONGRESSMEN THROW YOU UNDER THE BUS. I'M FROM MI AND THERE HAVE BEEN OTHERS THAT DID WORSE THINGS. LIKE GEORGE BUSH WHO SOLD AMERICA FINANCIALLY TO CHINA. WITH THE BLESSING OF THE GOP BUSINESS CEO'S. WHO DO NOT WANT TO PAY TAXES TO AMERICA ANYMORE.

YOU HAVE ALWAYS FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT AND SO YOU SHOULD CONTINUE . WITH THE RESPECT OA ALL DEMOCRATIC AMERICAN CITISEN BEHIND YOU.

THE FOLLOWING WAS POSTED TO THE WASHINGTON HEARLD ON TUES. 06/08 2011 ON YOUR BEHALF FROM A GREATFUL DEMOCRAT

I’m so sorry that Rep Weiner is in this pickle. But those in the democratic party that are abandoning him to the GOP are cowards. Rep Weiner has been standing against the GOP since he took office. Maybe that is why the Democratic fools lead by the GOP are caving in droves. The GOP says it and these democratic follow without a blink of an eye. Giving donated funds to charity is stupid. That is taxpayer money (better then what funds corporations that back the GOP) even if it is so much more. So giving it up is crazy.

So many great Democrats that had scandalous incidents became some of Americas best leaders. Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Teddy Kennedy, and William Clinton to name a few. All of these Democratic worked to the bone to served with lasting distinction and valuable policy changes for America. Stop being lead by the nose and jumping to do the bidding of the GOP whenever they speak. Most of their thoughts is to dump the Democratic party so they will be the single political party force in America.

They are ¾ there now. With financial backing from the political machine that is so powerful they control the democratic policy agenda. That is how George Bush put us into the mess we have. No one in either the GOP or Democratic party stopped his mad rush to defund the budget. And still the GOP does not want to TAX THEIR BENEFACTORS. THESE ARE THE NEW GOVERNMENT RULERS. LIKE THE ROYALTY OF OTHER COUNTRIES, ESPECIALLY ENGLAND WHO WE FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRIES FREEDOM.

So stand up to any and all GOP for your fellow democratic congressmen, when in trouble. That man may be our next President. After the second term win of Barack Obama. Who is another Democratic with no support from his party members. Grow a backbone to aid Americans to bring our country back to its greatness and value around the world. We taxpayers need you and you definitely need us and our contributions.

What a sick SOB this is the best we can find to run our country?????????????
God help us because the Demarcates will surly destroy us.


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