Will constituents forgive Weiner?
June 7th, 2011
10:50 AM ET
4 years ago

Will constituents forgive Weiner?

NEW YORK (CNN) – As news of his admission and apology reverberated Tuesday throughout the country and in the halls of Congress, those who hold Rep. Anthony Weiner's political future in their hands debated whether the scandal will be his downfall.

"It's scary that, you know, a political person that we elected would be able to do something like that," said Ally Nekta, a voter in Weiner's New York district.

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  1. AmericanSam

    No. For some reason, sending a picture of your bulging underpants is even more disgusting than having an affair. While I don't think this means he's an incapable leader, it showed a terrible lack of judgment on his part. What was he thinking? Please, Mr. Weiner, resign. This is just an embarrassment.

    June 7, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Dare Taiwo

    The major problem with American style of politics is that Politicians are held to too high a standard by Voters who are always oblivious of the fact that these People are first and foremost, humans, before being Politicians. The question is, is he serving his Constituencies well?

    If he is a damn good Lawmaker, it is better his current misdemeanor is left between him and his Wife to decide on what they want to make of it.
    If New Yorkers believe he has not measured up to their aspirations for voting for him in the first place, they should force him to resign.

    Care must however, be taken to ensure that the baby is not thrown out with the bath water.

    June 7, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. zin

    nothing to forgive if you have no standards.

    June 7, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Right now? Refusing to resign? No way. Eventually he will be forgiven. How long it takes for that day of forgiveness to come depends upon how remorseful Rep. Weiner demontrates himself to be. Resignation is the ultimate demonstration. The longer one takes, the longer the other will take. Sorry, Mr. Weiner. It has been a fun ride. Now you need to make it up to yourself. Do some healing on your own time, in your own space, out of the public eye.

    June 7, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Zerkas

    Weiner's handling of this situation was a classic example of Roger Stone's political advice:

    "Admit nothing. Deny everything. Launch counter-attacks."

    I'm not surprised by the infidelity. I'm more surprised by the fact that politicians don't realize this strategy no longer works in this day and age. Weiner's attempts at misdirection were laughable from the start. There are electronic records of everything. Data is copied and redistributed in an instant. Simply lying DOES NOT WORK anymore.

    You know what though... I’m not even mad at the guy. Let's be real, Capitol Hill is a good ol' boys club and access to easy tail half your age is a perk of the job. I'm convinced that all these guys have a little some thing on the side. It's how they measure themselves against each other. We wouldn't understand.

    No one in our generation is the first or will be the last to get caught. But I think we're in an interesting gray area where old school politicians aren't keeping up with technology. The game has changed. It’s way too easy to get caught and lose everything these days which either makes these guys fools for continuing to play the game, or fools for not figuring out a safer way to bend the rules. Take your pick.

    June 7, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Bill from GA

    Look, the guy's from BROOKLYN, already. Who expects high-class from somebody from BROOKLYN?
    He's probably a hero for his actions, back in Brooklyn.

    Look, the guy's A CONGRESSMAN, already. Who expects high-class from A CONGRESSMAN?

    June 7, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. AZ DEM

    He has no obligation to resign and the GOP NY congressman who resigned after his craiglist ad photos came up truthfully had no obligation to resign and ONLY did because he knew his party would not stand with him on an infidelity issue. This is a sad situation for a Congressman who has done good work in his career. No one is perfect and Rep Weiner won't be the first or last to have an infidelity issue while serving in Congress. The thing that makes this case more disappointing is that initially he lied about the situation and had he come clean right up front it would have been bad but not as bad as it is now.

    June 7, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. sammieb51

    What is it with guys and sex on the internet? This guy tossed his whole career, reputation, LIFE in the trashcan so he could send sexy pics of himself. Pitiful. Women need to be in charge at this point, if this is the best the male politicians can come up with. Incredibly tragic error not for just him, but for all people (primarily men) who pursue sex in this manner.

    June 7, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I could forgive him for being stupid, BUT it's going to be harder to forgive him for making a lowlife like Brietbart look good. Or maybe Andrew is trying to get as much extra cash as he can since Sherrod is suing the pants off him as well as she should.

    June 7, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    AZ DEM wrote:
    The thing that makes this case more disappointing is that initially he lied about the situation and had he come clean right up front it would have been bad but not as bad as it is now.
    -------------------------
    Bingo! He lied about it. He must go. We New Yorkers are a tough crowd. Stick a fork in him.

    June 7, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. John K.

    E-mailing compromising images of yourself to total strangers borders on being classified as deviant behavior. He has no way of knowing who is receiving these pictures.
    The recipient could have been a child.
    The recipient could also have been a foreign espionage agent.
    This is not a matter of forgiving Anthony Weiner. This has everything to do with his complete lack of judgement.
    The longer the Democrats take to get rid of Weiner the more it will make us question their ability to govern this country.

    June 7, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Republicans - The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    He`s got to go. He looked us in the face and lied.

    He`s nothing special. We have 310 million citizens in this country, I`m sure we can find a suitable replacement.

    It can no longer be about him, his job, his future, his ability to provide for his family. He is hurting America and has no right to the privaleged lifestyle that $3,300 per week in Congressional salary brings.

    I don`t care what his constituents decide, I hope the rest of the Congress cripples him, Doesn`t support the legislation that benefits his constiuents. Its the only way to accountability for a member of Congress who can obstruct national issues.

    We need to exact the same punishment on the likes of McConnell and Boerhner. If they get in the way of American, 50-states progress then deny their state EVERY THING.

    June 7, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "He has no obligation to resign and the GOP NY congressman who resigned after his craiglist ad photos came up truthfully had no obligation to resign and ONLY did because he knew his party would not stand with him on an infidelity issue."

    True that. Private matters are just that. Let the investigation run its course. If he is found to have done something worse than simply being a lecher, then so be it, punish him or not as meritted. If it clears him of any wrongdoing other than gross private behavior and lying about it...let the voters decide next election....that's what they're there for. Given his track record in terms of the quality of his service and performance of his job, I'm pretty sure they're going to forgive him though. He's been one of the most outspoken, effective and accurate critics of the GOP's nonsense over the past decade, and that's what his constituents want from him.

    June 7, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "E-mailing compromising images of yourself to total strangers borders on being classified as deviant behavior."

    Not when they ask for it...which she did. If you ahven't takent he time to look up the screen shots of their exchanges, you should. CNN won't post them because they are, well, eeew. Everything so far appears to point to this being consensual yuckiness on the intertubes. If the investigation reveals differently, then so be it, but there doesn't appear to be anything yet that suggests he was creeping about sending pics of his wang to random strangers.

    June 7, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Ben Dover

    Brietbart was right again and even Trump called it. I am sure he will be forgiven since he is a Democrat and standards do not apply but sending unsolicited inapprpriate pictures is way out of line.

    June 7, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. FM

    Who cares whether he lied or not, so long as nobody has lost life. The lies of WMD in Iraq costed so many lives and money, including the state of economy which resulted in people losing jobs and have little to feed their families.

    June 7, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |