House majority leader says time for Democrats to force Weiner to resign
June 13th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
3 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. Florida Joe

    The hypocrisy of this clown is unbelievable. When it’s a Repub blame the media, when it’s a Democrat they are outraged. Where was your outrage over David Vitter? Where was this outrage over John Ensign and on and on……..
    These clowns will use any excuse to cover the fact they have done NOTHING to create jobs, they have passed a bill that will devastate our Senior citizens and Medicare/Medicaid. They are SHAMELESS………….

    June 13, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think that this push is driven by GOP people and conservative pundits shaming them. The GOP never pushed for Vitter or Ensign among many others to step down for much worse infractions. The people in his district should have the final say in November 2012. If the people of LA can re-elect Vitter after his prostitue scandal, then we should allow Weiner's district the same oppertunity.

    June 13, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Kenny

    I think it is time for Cantor to stop being such a weiner (Pun Intended) and STFU. He should come back and talk to us when Senator Vitter is gone.

    June 13, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. AEK

    Two words for you Mr. Richard Cranium...John Ensign!

    June 13, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. mary

    When is senator vitter going to be asked to resign?

    June 13, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. GrogInOhio

    And I think Senator David Vitter (R-La) should have resigned years ago.

    June 13, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Brian

    Wow, the democrats say "we'll wait to see what he decides"? Since when does a lying congressman who repeadly lied to each and every media outlet, his own voters and his fellow elected public servants have the opportunity given to him to wait to decide. He should be force out immediately given the fact that the democrats promised the voters of this country they would be the most transparent and that they would "drain the swamp". We are telling you that this is the part of the swamp that needs draining and if you refuse to do it, we will vote for people who will. Any elected official that does this should be thrown out of office and restricted within 1,000 feet of all schools!

    June 13, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Bill

    Where were the cat calls from Cantor for Sen. John Ensign to resign after revelations of making payoffs, violating ethics rules, committing adultery , etc. Oh, and Ensign may well be headed for a federal indictment. Typical GOP hipocrisy.

    June 13, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. jacqueline55

    So instead of talking about democrats and republicans working together on the budget, raising the debt ceiling, or creating jobs, we are now entertained by news reporters and politicians acting as if they're hosts for entertainment tonight, or extra. Enough phony entertainment already, I'm tired of the hype.

    June 13, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Joan

    How are these latest pictures of Weiner taken in the gym any different than the Men's Health cover with the Republican Congressman and that cover is seen by thousands of women? Also, did Mr. Cantor call for Vitter, Ensign, Sandford, Craig and Foley to resign. Can't remember.

    June 13, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Marry

    Of cause, Weiner was more than stupid!! As a politician he has to know that a lot of people are preoccupied with “SEX” especially if they do not have any themselves they like to talk about what others do (or try to do)! They will quicker dump someone for “SEX” than for selling their interests and the country to the highest bidder.
    Eric Cantor is the bigger threat to the average American with the GOP/TP program of NO – Hell NO and Socialism they love: You know, the kind that works the money from the bottom up to the rich without paying their fair share – instead of letting low and middle income Americans participate in the possibilities this country still has. So Eric is one to talk about morals…………THAT is disgusting! But, the GOP/TP of cause is mum on that!

    June 13, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. The Elephant in The Room

    I would like to see the Anthony Weiner retiretoo [for his lying not his sexting]. However, comments from Eric Cantor have no CREDEIBILITY.

    Cantor hopes to mislead the public into thinking that if Anthony Weiner stays in his district seat, the Democratic Party is endorsing his behavior. This is simply not true. Unfortunately, I and other Americans have come to expect that type of deception from Republican politicians.

    If Mr. Cantor is suggesting that the Democrats can force Mr. Weiner out. I might suggest he apply his energy where he, as a Republican, has more clout; in his own party. Sir, I'd like to see you FORCE out David Vitter for laying with hookers & prostitutes.

    It would sure be nice to see some Republican citizens call Cantor on the carpet for this type of petty behavior. It is what contributes to the rancor in the American body politc. Stop playing the brinksmanship game and earn your $3,300 per week salary Congressman.

    June 13, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Me

    Why didn't Cantor ask David Vitter of Louisiana or John Ensign of Navada to resign? Wait I know why because it's okay for
    Republicans to do obsene things. Any of these jerks no matter what party should resign. I even think that ALL of these congressmen and senators should be monitored on a regular basis.

    June 13, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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