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Friday
Jun102011

Rep. Weiner Shouldn't Resign, Constituents Say in New Poll

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner may be taking heat from a growing number of his colleagues who think he should resign from office, but most voters in his congressional district appear to have his back.

A new poll by New York 1 and Marist College found 56 percent of registered voters in New York’s 9th congressional district think Weiner should stay, despite bold public lies about his online behavior and the embarrassing details that have since come to light.

Thirty-three percent said Weiner should immediately resign, while 12 percent were undecided, according to the poll.

The results mirror the findings of a broader poll of registered New York City voters released Tuesday.

“It’s shades of Clinton-Lewinsky in this poll,” said ABC News pollster Gary Langer of Langer Research Associates.  “The results indicate that the majority of Weiner’s constituents are willing to separate his personal behavior, however objectionable, from his professional performance -- much as we saw in public reaction to President Clinton’s sex scandal back in 1998.”

Weiner, who has been trying to keep a low profile since making a dramatic public confession and mea culpa on Monday, told the New York Post outside his home in Queens Thursday that he intends to keep his job and “get back to work as best I can.”

If the latest poll is any indication, Weiner could face an uphill climb in convincing voters to give him another term.

Only 44 percent of voters in his district said he’s doing an excellent or good job in office, while 38 percent see him favorably, and 48 percent think he can be effective or very effective in office if he stays.

As for whether they’d vote for Weiner again if the election were held today, it’s split fairly evenly three ways: 30 percent definitely would, 31 percent definitely would not, and 38 percent are undecided.

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Thursday
Jun092011

Paul Ryan: Anthony Weiner 'Should Probably Resign'

Alex Wong/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Add Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to the list of prominent politicians voicing their displeasure with embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Ryan, a Republican, did not specifically call for Weiner's resignation on Thursday, but rather advised the New York Democrat -- who he called a "smart guy" -- that stepping down would "probably" be his best option.

"I really don't know what more I could add," Ryan told ABC News Radio Los Angeles affiliate KABC-AM Thursday morning. "I think for his own sake, he probably should resign."

Ryan told radio hosts Peter Tilden and Teresa Strasser that he feels sorry for Weiner's pregnant wife. "She's a delightful woman and my thoughts go to her," he said.

"I don't see how he can stay. I know Anthony. I just don't understand," Ryan said of his colleague's behavior.

Asked whether he thought Weiner would in fact step down, Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, said he's unsure. "I haven't really been paying attention to be honest, I'm a little busy with budget issues."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun092011

Alleged New Photo of Rep. Weiner Emerges Amid Calls for Ouster

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As an increasing number of his fellow Democrats have been calling for his ouster, Rep. Anthony Weiner is dealing with the aftermath of his online sexting scandal, including news that an alleged nude photo of the Democratic congressman has hit the Internet.

Meanwhile, the public learned that Weiner's wife is three months pregnant with their first child.

The alleged nude image of Weiner emerged after conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart appeared on the Sirius XM program The Opie and Anthony Show, where he claimed on air that he had a nude picture of the congressman on his cellphone.  Breitbart said that Weiner has sent the image to one of the women that he corresponded with online. An image of the picture was captured -- apparently without Breitbart's consent and knowledge -- by a camera in the Opie and Anthony studio, and quickly hit the Internet -- something the blogger subsequently said he was "mortified" to discover.

Weiner confessed Monday to lying about sending a photo of his crotch via Twitter to 21-year-old Seattle college student Gennette Cordova and five other women over the past three years.  He also has admitted that he sent explicit photos over the Internet.

So far, the only confirmed photos that have emerged from the scandal of the 46-year-old congressman show him clothed or shirtless.

The website Gawker eventually posted the image from Breitbart's phone Wednesday.  ABC News has not independently confirmed that the photo in question is of Rep. Weiner.

Reports also emerged on Wednesday that Weiner's wife of 11 months, Huma Abedin, is in the early stages of her first pregnancy.

Though Abedin, 35, is reportedly devastated by her husband's admission of risque online chats and photo swaps with other women, she's reportedly told friends she is still committed to the marriage and wants to help Weiner salvage his political career.

Friends say that Abedin, who is a top aide to Hillary Clinton, did know that Weiner had a "problem" before their marriage, but he promised he was past that.

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Wednesday
Jun082011

More Democrats Urge Weiner to Resign; Watchdog Sees Double Standard

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- A growing number of Democrats are joining several high-profile Republicans in calling for Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York to resign following his admission of risqué online exchanges and lying about them.

Pennsylvania Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a top Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee official, called Weiner's behavior "offensive" and said that he should resign.

"Having the respect of your constituents is fundamental for a member of Congress," she said in an interview with Politico.

Schwartz joins a handful of other sitting Democrats, including Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, as well as former DNC chairman Tim Kaine in calling for Weiner to step down.

Top Republicans, including RNC chairman Reince Preibus and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, have also said Weiner should go.

But some observers say the message to Weiner is hypocritical and politically motivated, given both public opinion polling showing that a majority of New Yorkers think Weiner should stay and the fact that Weiner has not been accused of breaking the law or convicted of violating any House rules.

"This is a massive overreaction and I don't understand it," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Sloan pointed to the recent ethics case of another New York congressman, Charles Rangel, as an example of the double standard being pushed by some Democrats for Weiner.

The House Ethics Committee found Rangel -- the former chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, which writes the nation's tax laws -- guilty of improper fundraising, inappropriate possession of multiple rent-controlled apartments and failure to pay taxes on a vacation home, among other charges.

"There were very few calls on Rangel to resign and he was censured of serious misconduct involving his office -- really serious things that had potential for criminal charges," Sloan said. "We don't have anything remotely like that in the Weiner case."

Sloan explained that the mounting pressure on Weiner may stem in part from the early precedent set by House Speaker John Boehner when, at the first sign of sexual misconduct, he urged Reps. Mark Souder, R-Ind.,  and Chris Lee, R-N.Y., to resign, even though their behavior didn't appear to involve any abuse of their office.

As for Weiner's bald lies to his family, constituents and the general public in media appearances last week about the lewd photo that appeared on Twitter, Sloan said it was disconcerting and tarnished his credibility but not the worst Washington has seen.

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Wednesday
Jun082011

Senate Democrat: Weiner Resignation Would 'Be a Good Thing'

pryor.senate.gov(WASHINGTON) -- Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas said Wednesday that it would be a "good thing" if Rep. Anthony Weiner should resign.

"It would be fine with me if he did," Pryor said. "I mean, ultimately that's up to him and his constituents and his family, but I think at this point it would probably be a good thing if he would go ahead and resign."

Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pennsylvania, echoed Pryor's sentiment on Wednesday and became the first House Democrat to call for Weiner's resignation.

"Having the respect of your constituents is fundamental for a Member of Congress," Schwartz said in a statement. "In light of Anthony Weiner's offensive behavior online, he should resign." 

Schwartz, a four-term congresswoman heavily involved in the recruitment and reelection of candidates for the Democratic Campaign Committee, initially made the statement in an interview with Politico. Her call for Weiner's resignation was confirmed by her chief of staff in an email to ABC News.

Schwartz joins fellow Democratic Reps. Edolphus Towns and Nadia Velazquez -- both of New York -- in calling for Weiner to resign, along with former DNC chairman Tim Kaine and prominent Republicans like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jun082011

Rep. Weiner Standing His Ground Amidst Calls to Resign

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Pressure is mounting on Rep. Anthony Weiner to step down after his confession that he had been sending lewd photos of himself and texts to women via Twitter -- and that he has lied about it.

The New York Democrat is finding few who are willing to publicly come to his defense, even in his own party.

"Lying is unforgivable.  Lying publicly about something like this is unforgivable and he should resign," former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, D-Va., told CBS on Tuesday.

"I know Congressman Weiner.  And I wish there was some way I could defend him -- but I can't," Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said.  Reid added that if Weiner called him for advice, he'd tell him to "call someone else."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's call for an ethics committee investigation is not satisfying some Republicans who are calling for an immediate resignation.

Weiner, however, maintains that he will hang onto his job as U.S. Representative for New York's 9th congressional district.

"I am not resigning," a defiant Weiner said told reporters in Queens, New York Tuesday evening.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus became the first official to call on Weiner to resign after Weiner's mea culpa press conference on Monday.

"Congressman Weiner's actions and deception are unacceptable and he should resign.  We do not need an investigation to know he lied and acted inappropriately, we need a resignation," Priebus said in a written statement.

"Either Leader Pelosi and DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz believe members of Congress are held to a different set of standards or they believe these actions demand his resignation," he added.

Although Weiner's actions would be considered by many to be lewd and inappropriate, the major question for the ethics committee is whether he broke the rules of the House of Representatives.

Blake Chisam, former staff director of the ethics committee, says that if Weiner used his government computer to send the messages, he could be in trouble, even though some incidental personal use is permitted.

"You know the rules in the House can often be a labyrinth," Chisam told ABC News, adding that the questions of whether sending pornography or lewd photographs will be difficult to argue as "incidental."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jun072011

Poll: Majority of New York Voters Think Weiner Shouldn't Resign

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New Yorkers' first impression is that embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner should not resign his post.

According to a survey of 500 New York City registered voters conducted by New York 1 and Marist College, only 30 percent say Weiner should resign. Fifty-one percent of respondents said he should stay in his position and 18 percent said they were not sure.

"It’s worth keeping in mind that New York is overwhelmingly Democratic. Partisanship can run high in this town. Moral outrage, maybe less so,” said ABC News pollster Gary Langer of Langer Research Associates.

While the slim majority of New York voters said Weiner should not resign, he has enjoyed less support among his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor both called on Weiner to resign, while Republican real estate magnate Donald Trump took to YouTube and called Weiner a "psycho" and a "bad guy."

There wasn’t much more support for Weiner among Democrats either. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters, "I wish there was some way I can defend him but I can't."

And while it does not appear that Weiner violated any laws, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi officially asked the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to investigate whether Weiner violated ethics rules by carrying on his online relationships.

Weiner has been a rising star among Democrats and until the sexting imbroglio was considered a viable candidate for New York mayor. While a bare majority of the city's voters in the NY1/Marist poll said he shouldn’t resign from Congress, fewer supported a potential Weiner mayoral run. Twenty-five percent said he should run for mayor in the 2013 election, while 56 percent said he should not and 19 percent were unsure.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jun072011

Trump Calls Anthony Weiner 'Psycho,' 'Bad Guy'

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump chimed in on the Anthony Weiner scandal Tuesday, releasing a YouTube video detailing exactly what the real estate mogul thinks about the scorned New York congressman.

"The fact is -- Anthony Weiner is a bad guy.  He's a psycho, and when this came out I was not surprised at all," Trump said in the video.

Trump acknowledged Weiner's political drive and expressed shock that he would participate in such risky behavior that could jeopardize his political career.

"Little did anybody realize, especially me, that he'd get in this kind of trouble.  I thought that his career was so important to him.  The fact is -- what he was doing was more important or probably he just had a death wish."

Trump claimed Weiner contacted him multiple times asking for campaign contributions in the past.  Trump said Weiner should never run for public office again.

"He's a liar. He should never ever be allowed to run for office again. What he's done is incredible and what he's done to his family is truly a shame."

"The fact is one thing good came out of Anthony's mess -- I'll never have to give him campaign contributions and that's really wonderful."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jun072011

Harry Reid's Advice to Anthony Weiner? 'Call Somebody Else'

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, told reporters Tuesday that he cannot defend Congressman Anthony Weiner, yet fell short of calling for his resignation. When asked what advice he’d give the Congressman if he called him for advice, Reid joked, “call someone else.”

"I know Congressman Weiner,” Reid said following the Democrats closed-door policy meeting. “And I wish there was some way I can defend him but I can't."

Asked if the scandal involving the Congressman was a distraction to the Democratic Party, and if he thinks Weiner should resign from office Reid said that he is "not here to defend anyone."

What advice would Reid give Weiner if he asked for it?

"Call somebody else," Reid responded, then walked away.

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Tuesday
Jun072011

RNC Chairman Calls on Weiner to Resign

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus became the first official to call on Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign in the wake of the widening sexting scandal.

Priebus is pushing for Democrats to go farther than House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's call for an Ethics Committee investigation.

"Congressman Weiner's actions and deception are unacceptable and he should resign. We do not need an investigation to know he lied and acted inappropriately, we need a resignation," said Priebus in a written statement. "Either Leader Pelosi and DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz believe members of Congress are held to a different set of standards or they believe these actions demand his resignation."

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