House majority leader says time for Democrats to force Weiner to resign
June 13th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
4 years ago

House majority leader says time for Democrats to force Weiner to resign

Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor reiterated his call for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign and suggested it's now up to Democratic leaders to force the New York Democrat to step down from his House seat.

"I think he should resign. I think his leaders should do everything they can to bring him to that point if he's not already," Cantor said at his weekly session with reporters Monday.

Cantor was the first House member to call for Weiner to step down early last week and he made a point Monday to say he made that public call "early."

"I think that this kind of behavior is unacceptable, the way that his leaders now have called on him to resign," Cantor said.

The House Majority Leader also said if Weiner won't step down House Democrats should take steps to put additional pressure on him.

"I'm hoping that they will begin to move if he does not resign towards things like perhaps stripping him of his committees and others. I don't think we have time for this. We've obviously have a lot of other issues to be concerned with," Cantor said.

But when asked if Democrats are looking at action such as taking away Weiner's assignment on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, the number two House Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer told CNN, "As I said yesterday he's taking a leave. He's going to think about what he's going to do and we'll wait to see what he decides."


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. a in austin

    When will you ask Vitter to step down – that's what I thought.

    June 13, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Charlotte

    Has he never taken a Civics class? The Dems cannot force him to resign. Only his constituents can do that – and it wouldn't be a resignation, it would be a recall (or he can lose badly next election). The Dems can sideline him, ostracize him, isolate him and generally try to make him miserable but they cannot force him to resign – he hasn't broken any laws and is not bein prosecuted. Boehner needs to dust off his high school government texts and try to grasp what is in them.

    June 13, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    ""I think he should resign. I think his leaders should do everything they can to bring him to that point if he's not already," Cantor said at his weekly session with reporters Monday."

    Translation: "We need this story to remain front and center and for the 'news' media to continue to ignore any reporting about things like the GOP's proven petition fraud in the WI recalls or their attempts to run fake Dems in those same recalls, the continuing stream of facts about Ryan's CouponCare that show what a disaster it would be for the elderly in this country, THE GOP'S CONTINUED REFUSAL TO DO ANYTHING WHATSOEVER TO CREATE JOBS, and our sophomoric game of chicken with the national debt ceiling and the default that would devastate the US and world economies. Please please please continue to report on bnothing but Weiner."

    June 13, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Laverne

    Seems like Cantor and the republicans have enough to worry about with Ensign and all the other freaks in their own party, don't worry about the dem freaks!

    June 13, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Penelope Harmon

    It's up to Rep. Weiner whether he resigns or note. He is a distraction, but the same Republicans who are asking him to step down, stood behind Sen. Ensign and Sen. Vitter, who paid women to be in his company. It's between him and his wife as long as he has not broken any laws or any ethic violations.

    June 13, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Be careful, Mr. Cantor. If you push too hard, folks are going to want to know what happens on your Twitter account. By the way, how's that "Let's push Ryan into the Presidential Campaign so he can't usurp or jobs when we lose in 2012" thing going?

    June 13, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. chad

    I'm still waiting for Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to call for Vitter's resignation.

    June 13, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Chumlee

    And Vitter, and Gingrich, and Ensign (oops, he did resign when the Ethics Committee's findings started to surface), and,
    and,

    Cantor: you are the biggest hypocrite in Washington

    June 13, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Cantor has his own swamp to clean out. If Weiner goes, then some of more bad apples must go from the other side.

    June 13, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Do we need any more proof that Obama was 100% correct in calling it a distraction? If it wasn't, the GOP would be leaving it alone. There's just so much crap they're pulling that they want to avoid everyone noticing...and CNN's happy to oblige.

    June 13, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. A True Centrist

    It's amazing how many liberals on this site have no problem with the man retaining his job. Any politician both crazy enough and dumb enough to post these pictures to women he hasn't met clearly lacks the ability to use good judgement and is clearly insane. If you have no issues with the morality of the situation, you should have a problem with a man who makes such poor and crazy decisions making bigger decisions that greatly impact this country.

    June 13, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's time for Americans to force Republicans to fulfill their promise of jobs just like they fulfilled their promise to the rich to cut their taxes. Forget about Weiner, he's a jock not a job.

    June 13, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    Please constipated man, this has nothing to do with you and your thugs. Where was your leadership when vitter/diaper man was picking up prostitutes? He ran again and won. What about ensign's affair and subsequent hiring of his misteresses' husband along with the hush money from his parents? What about craig picking up men in airport bathrooms? Then there's sanford hiking a trail that was nowhere near the Appalachian? Lastly, you have allowed hate filled lying speechesfrom your little women and others without stopping the madness anf hate
    You better look into yournown party of "moral absence" for lying cheaters before yiu tell anyone else what to do!
    Go over the bridge and back to virginia. You are one to talk!!! I bet you are hiding something behind the weeper of the house's skirt which he forgot to wear at the weeping commencement address.

    June 13, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. NameEllie

    I KNOW Repugs aren't talking about WHO should resign when they themselves clammed up when Vitter was playing "dirty dog" with some hooker!!!!

    Republicans always want people to think they are Saints when we all know the BIGGEST SINNERS are the one waving their bibles and quoting their christain morale values

    June 13, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Liberal4Obama

    I don't remember Cantor or any other republican leaders ever asking for one of their members to resign. Why is David Vitter still a senator if republicans are so good at "forcing" their members to resign? How did Ensign stayed so long even though he was being investigated?

    June 13, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    Have you not been listening Cantor?? They ARE calling for his resignation. Stop posturing and get real. And also get rid of "your" members, Vitter and Sanford. They need to resign also

    June 13, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. deandake

    Whatever Cantor.......Weiner's digressions are no where near as damaging as what your entire party has done to the people of the US over the last decade. How about you leave and let somebody in who will do their job unlike you.

    June 13, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. Kate

    What else would one expect from Cantor?

    June 13, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. grant

    You force Vitter to resign first, you filthy HYPOCRITE.

    June 13, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. ST

    If republicans were stressing how to create jobs since last Nov., the way they are stressing on Wiener issue; I think every single citizen could have the job they require at this moment!

    June 13, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Stu Steinberg

    Eric Cantor is just another greasy weasel who has never done a single thing in his life to make things better for working Americans and the poor. His sole task has been to enrich his corporate sponsors and to insure that the country is controlled by Wall Street, big banks, the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. He has traded his votes for millions in donations from these corporate scum and any denial by him of this is just a lie. The complete hypocracy of Cantor and the rest of the GOP in regard to their own corrupt and sexually deviant members cannot be overstated. Claiming that because Sen. Vitter of Louisiana was re-elected somehow absolves him of being a criminal (solicitation is a misdemeanor in Louisiana punishable by a fine and six months in jail), is laughable. The same is true for the criminal actions of Sen. Ensign and the GOP refusing to ask him to resign. Had he not quit one step ahead of the Ethics Committee investigation result, Ensign would still be a senator and the GOP would still be saying that Weiner should resign.

    June 13, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. sandra

    Why don't you worry about jobs and the members in your party with issues.

    June 13, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. John Doe

    Gee, just like a Republican. Don't do as I do, only do as I say. Where was Eric Cantor when he should have been asking for Ensign to resign or Vitter 5 years ago. Oh, that's right, he was on a morning show telling the host that it was a family matter and it was not his place to speak up and ask them to resign. This guy is about as stupid as the summer day is long...

    June 13, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. John Doe

    And yes, my name really is John Doe. I know...

    June 13, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. gt

    cantor needs to worry about his own... this is nancy trouble child ,,,, let her deal with him...

    June 13, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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