Top GOPer: Weiner should resign
June 7th, 2011
11:46 AM ET
11 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. Anonymous

    it's pretty funny

    June 7, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. JT

    OK, fine. Get Sen. David Vitter to resign – since he did something that was actually illegal – and you have yourself a deal. Amazing how selective Republican forgiveness can be.

    June 7, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. I was on the fence, but after Rence spoke . . .

    I became convinced that Weiner should stay.

    June 7, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. The Other Michael in Houston

    Waht he did was stupid, ignorant and shameful, but not illegal! He should not resign, let the votes decided if he should remain in office. Funny, to see you Republican Jihadist want to police everyone else's party but your own. If G.W, Bush and Dick Cheney are not going to stand trails for War Crimes against Iraq, then Congressman WEEEEEEEEEEINNNNNNNEER should not be forced to resign.

    June 7, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    ok then Sen Vitter should resign too, right? I agree what the congressman did was stupid, but now it's between him and his wife.

    June 7, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Ferret out the B.S.

    The Democrats need to take care of their own house, Republicans wouldn't want interference in from the Dems in their business.

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

    He did not commit any kind of crime....o.k, why should he resign....o.k, In my opinion, he should not even say sorry....o.k, why should he say....????????????idiots...for Drama...that's it...

    June 7, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Squigman

    It takes a stupid sonofabitch like this to state the obvious. Shut up, and sit the hell down.

    June 7, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. nagrom

    Well then we should ask all the combatants to resign. You up righteous conservative holier than though Bible thumpers should ban all congressional members who have lied or performed illicit deals. i.e. start with Vitters How about McCain? How about Gingrich? How about Sanford, and Ensign? and on and on and on. May I remind you what your little black book states Let he OR she who has not sinned cast the first stone. After all didn't Jesus forgive a polygamist? Just my take on Hypocritical people.

    June 7, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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