Weiner: Liberal firebrand or political opportunist?
June 7th, 2011
03:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Weiner: Liberal firebrand or political opportunist?

Washington (CNN) - Before Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter scandal broke, he was best known for a passionate, theatrical rant on the House floor over a bill that funded health care costs for 9/11 first responders.

And he might have become better known as New York's next mayor, had he not put his political future in jeopardy with his sexting scandal.


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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I don't know which one he is. What I do know is that New Yorkers know how to differentiate between a personal issue and a poltical issue. This man got caught lying in regards to a personal screw-up (hello Bill Clinton). I say let the powers that be conduct their investigation, and if it is determined that he violated his position then he should resign said position.
    I know that he lied BUT he lied over a personal infraction NOT because, for example, he used his Party's Amex card to pay for personal expenditures, or he padded his payroll with friends and family; or granted jobs to flunkies that were unqualifed for them; or yes, used political contributions to take care of his illegitimate child (hello Terminator and Edwards).

    June 7, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. obama victim

    this guy is not only a sleaze of the first order....he is amazingly selfish. He is embarassing his party, and they and Barry are already in trouble. You would think he would do the right thing for his party and president and resign. The Repubs.....that would be me...will play this for all it is worth. Thanks weeney man.

    June 7, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    And for all of those self-righteous living in a bubble types yelling: "But he lied, he lied!". I think it would be more realistic to say: "He got caught lying". If you must judge him, then judge him for his poor ability to lie, and that in itself could really be a plus on his side.
    Did he use the government's Twitter account?
    Did he use a government issued camera to take the pictures?
    So far all we've got is a major personal screw up that should be handled between him and his wife. Not us.

    June 7, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    His career is not done. He just needs to take a break. New York is losing two seats in the House. The Republicans here have been trying to redraw the lines so that his district does not exist anymore, but cannot quite do it. He will be forgiven if he handles this affair with dignity and class.

    June 7, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Hammerer

    The response to Weiner speaks volumes for the Democratic Party from top to bottom and it is not a very pleasant sound.

    June 7, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. gt

    the emperor has no clothes... just a loud mouth , publicity seeking , rich, cant relate to a hard working person. jerk....yep like most politican... self serving jerk...

    June 7, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Huh?

    If you are in the habit of sending revealing images of yourself to people you have met "online", this probably does not seem inappropriate to you.

    The rest of us normal Americans do have a problem with this.

    June 7, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Sandy

    Eh, I forgive him, especially if he did this on his own time and with his own phone/computer and didn't violate any rules. I do feel sorry for his wife though. It was very childish what he did, but in no way taints what he's done as a politician, imo.

    June 7, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I remember this interview and exactly when this picture was snapped. I wish I could read lips on a still picture. Weiner is gesturing towards another reporter, some tall guy who kept interrupting Weiner as he repeatedly tried to offer up a reply to Dana Bash, pictured with mic. Weiner took time to explain Dana Bash why he could not answer her question. (The other guy was really out of line for hijacking another reporter's question) I am sure CNN has this video interview at a link.

    June 7, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    If every congress or senate member who lied was forced to resign ... the buildings would be empty! The 2010 GOP bunch campgained on JOBS, JOBS and JOBS ... they haven't done anything about that ... so they lied, didn't they? Therefore, shouldn't there be a whole lot of special elections in our future?

    June 7, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. bj, texas

    Time to go Wiener boy. Only then will we forget what you did. What a lying, cheating, classless clown. Very representative of your party.

    June 7, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Joe

    I am going to laugh at all you haters when Obama is easily reelected and Weiner wins another term in 2012. Time to reform your racist party Republicans. Young people will never vote for you.

    June 7, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Bee

    He is an opportunist through and through. Known as that guy that is arrogant and loves taking credit for others work. Now he has some other baggage.

    June 7, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Democrat Swamp Inspector

    Let's list the charges since so many in here think this fool didn't do anything wrong.

    1. He sent lewd and obscene picture to women he did not know

    2. He LIED about it, repeatedly and in an organized campaign.

    3. He blamed others for what happened.

    4. He has exhibited extrmely POOR JUDGEMENT.

    5. He has dishonored himself, his family, his state, his constituents, his office.

    6. He has brought dishonor unto the House of Representatives.

    7. He has misused government resources in performing this debachery and then lying about it which is a violation of House rules

    and I'm sure there are many more.

    Do you liberal fools get it? No, I didn't think so since you also likely have similar morals and values.

    June 7, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. diridi

    just political dogma and drama....that's it. It is GOP thugs trick to nag....nothing here in it...

    June 7, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |