Archive for Tuesday, June 7, 2011

N.Y. congressman admits to sending lewd picture

Still, Weiner says he won’t resign

June 7, 2011


— After days of denials, a choked-up Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday that he tweeted a photo of his bulging underpants to a young woman, and he also admitted to “inappropriate” exchanges with six women before and after he got married. He apologized for lying but said he would not resign.

“This was me doing a dumb thing and doing it repeatedly and lying about it,” the 46-year-old New York Democrat after a week of double-entendre headlines and late-night wisecracks full of Weiner jokes.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi immediately called for an ethics committee investigation into whether Weiner broke House rules.

The congressman, who was widely expected to run for mayor of New York in 2013, said at a half-hour news conference that he had never personally met any of the women he corresponded with online and sometimes via telephone and was not even sure of their ages. He also said he had never had sex outside of his marriage.

He said he did not feel the scandal affected his work as a lawmaker but would understand if his constituents decided not to re-elect him. “I’m going to work very hard to win back their trust,” he said.

Weiner said he used his home computer and personal Blackberry, not government computers, in his exchanges with the women. But that may not protect him from House rules that say a member “shall conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.”

The House ethics committee on numerous occasions has cited that general rule in finding a member violated standards of conduct.

Weiner said over and over that he had made “terrible mistakes” and done “a very dumb thing” for which he bore complete responsibility, and he apologized repeatedly to his wife, Huma Abedin.

“My wife is a remarkable woman. She’s not responsible for any of this,” he said. “I apologize to her very deeply.”

Abedin did not attend his news conference, but Weiner said they would not be separating over the scandal.

The scandal unfolded more than a week ago when a conservative website reported that a photo of a man’s crotch had been sent from Weiner’s Twitter account to a college student in Seattle. For days, Weiner claimed that he hadn’t sent the photo and that he was the victim of a hacker. But he caused guffaws when he said that he couldn’t say with “certitude” that the underwear shot was not a picture of him.

The scandal escalated when the website, run by conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, posted photos purportedly from a second woman who said she received shirtless shots of the congressman. The site said the pictures were in a cache of intimate online photographs, chats and email exchanges the woman claimed to have. The website did not identify the woman.


gphawk89 6 years, 11 months ago

"never personally met any of the women" "was not even sure of their ages" "never had sex outside of his marriage" "used his home computer..., not government computers"

Given his recent track record when it comes to telling the truth, why would anyone believe any of this?

jesse499 6 years, 11 months ago

He lied thats what they do thats there job most are Lawyers so that tells you something.

monkeyhawk 6 years, 11 months ago

Why no mention of what a pervert this guy is? He is definitely more than a liar.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 11 months ago

So cocky Congressman Weiner has turned himself into the object of ridicule he's always trying to make of conservatives. He started out with a small problem, but he's made it worse with a limp defense. Reporters described his response to their questions as "testy."

He told reporters, "I'm not sure I want to put national, federal resources into trying to figure out who posted a picture... I'm not really sure it rises to that level." (Yes, he said this.)

The next day, he told reporters, "I'm sorry I was a little stiff yesterday". (Yes, he said this too.)

He's really bent out of shape. And now Barney Frank wants to take the matter in hand and examine the Weiner evidence. He wants to make sure the matter is big enough to investigate. Word is, Barney has called for oral arguments on Weinergate to begin immediately.

This little, arrogant Standing Member of Congress has proven himself to be what he first called a reporter covering this story: a jackass.

beatrice 6 years, 11 months ago

Wow Cato, lots of inuendo there. While I can appreciate the attempted humor, your commentary makes the use of "teabagger" look pretty tame by comparison.

monkeyhawk 6 years, 11 months ago

Cato, thanks for the chuckle so early in the morning.

sallyone 6 years, 11 months ago

Not very christian like. You see whinny liberals, Brownback isnt so bad after all!

somedude20 6 years, 11 months ago

Yes Brownback is and do not be fooled into believing that he is not. This Weiner will blow over but Brownie will still be screwing this state and its people

Flap Doodle 6 years, 11 months ago

How's about the weiner gets "Poor Impulse Control" tattooed on his forehead?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 11 months ago

The headline should have read "Sleazeball outed by Sleazeball."

Wiener should resign, or at least announce his intent not to run again. This incident will prevent him from continuing to be effective at his job.

Too bad, because he was very effective.

BTW, check out the Daily Show on this story. Stewart, who is a friend of Wiener's, didn't let that keep him from giving him the full Daily Show skewer treatment. Funny stuff.

jafs 6 years, 11 months ago

He shouldn't have done this.

That would have retained his effectiveness, if he was in fact effective.

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 11 months ago

Read "The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson.

Politicians and CEOs tend to have the same traits exhibited by Weiner, Larry Craig, Mark Sanford, Jon Ensign, Jon Edwards, Eliot Spitzer, etc.

They are extreme narcissists who think that they are smart enough and good enough to be able to get away with anything. They have no shame or conscience and only regret their actions when caught, if they are capable of regret at all. They use people to serve their own purposes, and never look back or look inward to examine their own behavior.

I would also place Donald Rumsfeld, the Kennedys, Karl Rove, Sarah Palin, and yes, even Andrew Breitbart in this category.

The problem is, this personality type is very good at climbing the ladder, and these traits of ruthlessness and shamelessness are very useful in the short term in gathering and holding power (elections, Chairmanships, publicity, etc.)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 11 months ago

Psychopaths are also disproportionally represented among CEO's and other business executives. Do you really think that in your utopia they won't continue to seek to be more equal than everyone else, no matter what it takes?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 11 months ago

Actually, they're created by individuals or groups of individuals, and even other corporations-- the states grant them charters.

I am curious about a couple of things, though. Are you in favor of dissolving all corporations?

And in a political system that's based 100% on property rights, what's to prevent the current extreme concentration of wealth from becoming even more exaggerated?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 11 months ago

I should have known that I'd get nothing more from you than the same old circular arguments.

Scott Morgan 6 years, 11 months ago

Over the years have learned to like Bill Clinton. Bill married Wiener to Huma Abedi a few months ago. Bill,God love him actually had us questioning what sex is? Define it? You gotta love Bill, for we did question what "it" was. A nation was collectively asking, did they do it? Not in a political liberal interpretation, but one loose definition, Bill did nothing more than hug an intern.

My lifetime partner took the definition of "it" more conservative. Or in a general discussion of this nationwide debate, her words were on the order of, if you kick somebody hard enough in the groin a body part could rupture. I put two and two together deciding to keep my hugs old school.

Bill survives to this day happily globe hopping/humping. Tip o hat Bill. Sometimes you just have to put all differences aside and honor a great man. Hope he gets some fishing in from time to time.


So, Hilliary's top long term cough cough ummm look at floor single close aide Huma Abedi apparently falls for NY R-D Anthony Wiener. A magical romance and bingo, Huma is Mrs. Wiener. Or, was she "Rock Hudsoned."

Now again the Clinton crowd have us questioning was "it" being unfaithful. Or, as Rep. NY D Anthony Wiener claims was just simple pen pal activity. Wiener is lucky he was not wedded to my spouse.

somedude20 6 years, 11 months ago

I will take a politician who makes whoopie (or oral sex) with a person rather than a politician who effs over America and other countries (Reagan, Bush1, Bush2) any day of the week.

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 11 months ago

In the words of Charlie Sheen --- WINNING!

Or, perhaps, Weining!!!

KamFongAsChinHo 6 years, 11 months ago

I have nothing insightful to add but I am so outraged by this kind of behavior that I must chime in. What is it with these idiots?!? Don't they ever learn? YOURWORSTNIGHTMARE is correct...political office seems to attract these types. It is unbelievable that these guys see it happening all around them (idiots getting caught in sleazy situations) and continue doing it themselves and, predictably, lying about it when they get caught. The pattern never changes...act outrageously, lie about it when caught, give a tearful apology, and expect all to be forgiven. The only thing that has changed is that they no longer have Larry King or Oprah to give them a platform for their sob story. Why is there any debate or "Nancy Pelosi investigation" to determine if the guy has no ethics? He has already proven he has no ethics or integrity...just incredible ego and gall.

verity 6 years, 11 months ago

"I have nothing insightful to add but I am so outraged by this kind of behavior that I must chime in. What is it with these idiots?!? Don't they ever learn?"

That was pretty much my reaction. The stupidity is absolutely mind-boggling.

whats_going_on 6 years, 11 months ago


or however the eff it's spelled.

Thats all.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 11 months ago

Rep John Boehner aka speaker of the house, was actually having sex with a staff person aka an affair. This is recent news.

Where is the ethics investigation?

Why is he still speaker of the house?

ferrislives 6 years, 11 months ago

That's what John Edwards said; it didn't work out for him.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 11 months ago

Barney Frank's SO was running a brothel out of their apartment. Barney's still in Congress.

beatrice 6 years, 11 months ago

You mean somebody not actually in congress did something wrong? Oh my.

jhawkinsf 6 years, 11 months ago

Related because the photos sent by the good representative proves he's Jewish? :-)

beatrice 6 years, 11 months ago

Taking another play out of the Brett Favre playbook, Weiner is also refusing to retire.

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 11 months ago

I'd like to point out that you're doing it wrong... It's "bread and circuses" not "cake and circuses."

"the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace. The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the common man."

It was a French princess who said "let them eat cake/pastry" back in the 1700's. "At length I recollected the thoughtless saying of a great princess, who, on being informed that the country people had no bread, replied, 'Then let them eat pastry!'"

beatrice 6 years, 11 months ago

Makes you wonder what is wrong with that 9%.

Sigmund 6 years, 11 months ago

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