Debbie Wasserman Schultz Calls on Weiner to Pull Out and Resign
Whether it be Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn or the various social networks that make life so simple for so many, a fully exposed Anthony Weiner finally came clean. Now Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, is calling for Weiner to pull out and resign his New York congressional seat.
Taking a page from the Bill Clinton playbook on womanizing, a tearful Anthony Weiner exposed all and admitted sending a lewd “brief” photograph over Twitter to a young woman in a Manhattan press conference last week.
Since that time, numerous women have come forward and described their escapades with the embattled New York Congressman. Whether photographs, text messages, or e-mails, Weiner has been fully exposed for all of America to witness the power of social media.
Condemning his “indefensible” behavior in what she termed a “sordid affair,” Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), on Saturday joined the bi-partisan push for Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to resign from office.
Wasserman Schultz is among a number of prominent Democrats to publicly call upon Weiner to resign in the aftermath of his scandal over the tweeting of inappropriate photographs and sexually tinged messages to a wide assortment of women over the social media networks of Twitter and Facebook.
“It is with great disappointment that I call on Representative Anthony Weiner to resign,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement issued by the Democratic National Committee. “The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner’s continued service in Congress is untenable.
“This sordid affair has become an unacceptable distraction for Representative Weiner, his family, his constituents and the House – and for the good of all, he should step aside and address those things that should be most important: his and his family’s well-being.”
Following the written statement, and immediately prior to the Democratic Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Hollywood, Wasserman Schultz appeared before television reporters and re-read the statement. She spoke for about 20 seconds and declined to answer questions.
Reflecting an erosion of support for the 46-year-old New York congressman, House Democratic leaders tersely expressed disappointment and embarrassment. Doubts whether Weiner could hold onto his House seat or continue his bid for New York City mayor in 2013 is an expression of many.
“People who draw conclusions about me are free to do so,” Weiner said. “I’ve worked for the people of my district for 13 years and in politics for 20 years and I hope they see fit to see this in the light that it is.”
Attempting to rise above media reports of other inappropriate relationships, Weiner acknowledged that he had engaged in contact with six women over three years through Twitter and Facebook and occasionally over the phone.
Weiner stated that he never met or had a physical relationship with any of the women and was not even sure of their ages. He also insisted that he never had an extramarital affair.
The photo of a shirtless Weiner was reminiscent of former Rep. Chris Lee; the New York Republican who resigned from office earlier this year after a shirtless photo he sent a woman on Craigslist became public.
Before getting married last July to Huma Abedin, a Hillary Rodham Clinton aide, Weiner, at 46 years old, had been one of New York City’s most eligible bachelors. In a strange twist, former President Bill Clinton officiated over the Weiner nuptials.
Weiner began his career as a legislative assistant to then-Rep. Chuck Schumer, who is now New York’s senior senator. He was elected to the New York City Council before winning Schumer’s House seat in 1998, representing parts of Brooklyn and Queens. Ironically, Weiner’s seat is predominantly Republican.
Weiner had initially gained a national profile during the debate over President Barack Obama’s health care plan when he outspokenly professed support for a government-run program which would cover all Americans and later a “public option” to compete with private health insurance.
Having lost the support and confidence of prominent Democratic leaders, now all that remains is for Weiner to fade and droop away from Congress.