Top GOPer: Weiner should resign
June 7th, 2011
11:46 AM ET
7 years ago

Top GOPer: Weiner should resign

(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called for the resignation of Rep. Anthony Weiner Tuesday, becoming the first major official to urge on Weiner to leave office.

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

The Democratic New York congressman admitted Monday to carrying on inappropriate relationships with several women he met online, after saying he did not post a lewd picture on his Twitter account last week.

Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi called for a Congressional ethics investigation shortly after Weiner's press conference at which he said he would not resign his Congressional seat.

Priebus said Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz either "believe members of Congress are held to a different set of standards or they believe these actions demand his resignation."

The National Republican Congressional Committee started their own campaign Tuesday, urging Democrats who received donations from Weiner to return the campaign money.

There was no direct response from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee but DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel issued a statement in support of Pelosi's call Monday.

"Congressman Anthony Weiner engaged in a deep personal failure and inappropriate behavior that embarrassed himself, his family and the House," Israel said in a statement. "Ultimately, Anthony and his constituents will make a judgment about this failure."

soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Liberal Elite = Anyone with an education...

    Wow! No kidding? And in other news, some people in Libya don't think Qaddafi's such a nice guy... I'm simply shocked that the GOP's mouthpiece would follow up the character assassination by their attack dog, Breitbart, with an immediate call for Rep. Weiner to resign. Shocked, I tell you...

    June 7, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    If Priebus had any sense, he would keep Weiner around and turn him into a general distraction issue.

    June 7, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Bill

    Weiner won't resign. He doesn't thnk he did anything REALLY wrong. He's entitled, ya see.

    June 7, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. jk from MN

    This, from a man who brought Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker.

    June 7, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. obama victim

    DUH?? .......of course he has to go...a national embarassment

    June 7, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Angela

    After David Vitter does.

    June 7, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Kevin

    Priebus did you tell David Vitter to resigne. How about Mr. Craig in the bathroom. Don't be so self righteous. All politican should resign, its you who are destroying this country.

    June 7, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. ABM

    First off – he should look at his own party before making such statements. Both sides of the aisle have baggage and if a GOper stays in office (like Sanford) Weiner should do the same as well. What he did was inexcuseable but there should be a consistent message and treatment of issues such as these.

    June 7, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. C. Howe Yulikit

    "Congressman Weiner's actions and deception are unacceptable and he should resign," – unlike Senator John "Mommy, please pay off my mistress" Ensign, Senator "Diaper" Dave Vitter and Senator Larry "Wide Stance" Craig, right?

    June 7, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. mjmullinii

    We all know what fascination the right-wing has with male genitalia (look at how few of them get caught in female related scandals, etc.) - but it's up to NO ONE but Anthony Weiner's constituents to decide whether he should go or stay. Point of fact, I'd be a lot more interested in how Mr. Priebus intends to FIX the economic growth HIS PARTY BROKE by running their mouths.

    June 7, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. mesamick

    Odd Rancey baby...I was going to say the same to you – Resign already!

    June 7, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Did he ask any of those guys sharing that animal house on C Street, was it, to resign? Nope.

    June 7, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. AZ DEM

    If the GOP think they will be able to mount enough pressure for Weiner to resign on his on accord they're dreaming...this is how the game goes, and as soon as another ethics violation occurs in the GOP (cause it will) the Democrats will rally against him and call for his resignation as well. People are railing against Weiner because he lied and kept speculation about the situation lingering for about a week. Had he admitted he sent it as a joke initially maybe he'd have faired better...Clinton was able to remain president in a cheating scandal I'm sure Anthony Weiner can still represent his NY district in this situation...besides Liberals LOVE HIM hahahah

    June 7, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. betterdays

    Funny, I don't feel the need to send lewd texts and e-mails when I'm at work (where I'm supposed to be doing my job)... Not even during my lunch (as now)... I guess I must be repressed.

    So obviously, Weiner doesn't lie about anything else, right? Because he hasn't been caught yet? I remember him screaming indignantly on the House floor, a virtual paragon of righteousness.

    Middle-class, behold your "champion." I'm sure you're proud of him and the way he feigned shame yesterday. What a narcissistic little wealthy fool.

    June 7, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. modmike

    Republicans do it and Democrats do it. Leave their personal matters alone.

    June 7, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Sasha

    As soon as it can be demonstrated that Priebus called for Senator Ensign and Vitter's resignation upon discovery of their sexual shenanigans (as well calling for an investigation into the actions of Senator Lugar, who served as an apparent go-between for Ensign and his mistress), we'll take his current suggestions seriously.

    June 7, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Bill

    He does represents his district any more and I cant see how he show his face in congress. The man is not very bright.

    June 7, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. wmontanye

    If it's about lying, then we would have no Congress.

    June 7, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Thankfully Independent

    What a two-faced hypocrite!

    Of course Priebus didn't call for Senator Kyl to resign for his big intentional lie about Medicare/Planned Parenthood. It just shows that Republicans still have one standard for themselves and another standard for everyone else. It doesn't work like that Reince and American voters are too smart to fall for feigned GOP indignation.

    Clean up your own party first.

    June 7, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Thinker

    The holier thn thou republicans should clean up their party. Diaper boy Vitters is a good start

    June 7, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. whatever

    it is not for anyone to undo the will of the people, as they voted in the last election. this is what a resignation would do. instead, the judgment comes next election, as always.

    June 7, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Larry L

    It takes nerve for a Republican to insist somebody resign for lying or poor sexual behavior. Forget all of the GOP's sexual misconduct – what about the swift boat lies?

    June 7, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. DA

    As a Democrat I have to agree with this guy.
    He lied and tried to do a cover-up. Period!!

    June 7, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Realistic

    When republicans do it, Vitter and etc, the republicans say' "Its his choice to resign but we will not ask" and than democrats pounce. When its a democrat, republicans want the congressman/Senator to resign"..Hypocrits....

    June 7, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. rs

    Weiner probably should- but remember Vitter didn't, Foley didn't, Ensign didn't for 2 years, Sanford didn't, nor did many other Republicans caught with their pants down. Republicans just love the old double standard.

    Meanwhile, anyone who paints politicians of any stripe to be any sort of moral standard is up for a big disappointment.
    Get over it.

    June 7, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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