Weiner saga recalls Sanford 2009
Tue, 07 Jun 2011 18:29:17 GMT —
WASHINGTON (WACH, AP) - After coming clean about lewd internet photos, New York congressman Anthony Weiner is facing more scrutiny. The chairman of the Republican party says should resign after admitting he sent a photo of himself on Twitter to a woman and then lied about it repeatedly.
Reince Priebus says in a statement that either House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz believe that members of Congress are held to a different standard, or they believe the congressman's actions demand his departure from the House.
Weiner vowed on Monday he would not resign his seat, and apologized repeatedly at a news conference for his actions.
"The picture was of me. I sent it. I am deeply sorry for the pain this has caused my wife," said a tearful Weiner. "I have not been honest with myself, my family, my constituents, my friends, my supporters, and the media."
Weiner's very public Monday meltdown recalled images of former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford's June 2009 admission that he was having an affair with an Argentine woman. The South Carolina State House confessional played out in front of dozens of television cameras just days after Sanford had said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, as opposed to visiting his mistress.
Sanford's admission sparked calls for his resignation, impeachment hearings and predictions that he was done in South Carolina with more than a year left in his term. Some argue Sanford finished his time in office with one of the most productive years of his administration.
Weiner is facing a similar situation after coming clean but says he will not resign.
Voters who gathered outside Weiner's office in Queens say it was "really stupid" to send lewd photos of himself to young women on the Internet. But they don't think it will end his political career. Nor should it, many say.
A number of voters said there are more important issues to discuss, like the economy.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi Pelosi is calling for the House ethics committee to investigate Weiner.