Kaine: Weiner should resign
June 8th, 2011
08:53 AM ET
12 years ago

Kaine: Weiner should resign

Washington (CNN) - Tim Kaine, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, called on New York Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign after he admitted to sending racy pictures of himself to women over the internet.

Kaine is the first prominent Democrat to publicly demand Weiner's resignation.

Kaine, now a Democratic candidate for Senate in his home state of Virginia, told a Charlottesville television station on Tuesday that Weiner's attempted cover-up of the scandal makes him unfit for office.

"Lying is unforgivable," Kaine told CBS-19. "Lying publicly about something like this is unforgivable and he should resign."

The comments put Kaine in the same camp as his former rivals at the Republican National Committee, who are also demanding Weiner's resignation.

Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Tim Kaine
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Charlie from the North

    He is right Weiner has to go. Not for the twitter but for treating his constituents likke idiots.

    June 8, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Sorry, Mr. Weiner, but I agree. Weiner should resign. Staying in office is not what is best for his career nor his party. His district seems about to hit the chopping block, anyway. New York will lose two seats, one D and one R. The Republicans running the show have had his district targeted for months, but cannot quite pull it off and will eventually fail. The area is just too densely populated.

    Weiner is blowing for himself. He could have resigned during his big confession and left it as a 'little white lie' to cover up an embarrassing personal issue. He could have claimed any number of reasons why not serving at this time was not in the best interests of the American people; blah, blah, blah. He could have run for office again next year. But he has not resigned and that window of opportunity is closing if not already closed.

    June 8, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  3. jl

    Maybe he should resign. Kaine is running for senate in puritanical Virginia, so I bet he is quite biased, too. Self-serving statements. He's not reducing the amount of cynicism.

    June 8, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. Cincinnati girl

    Dem or Republican, i believe that if you are unfaithful or somehow inapproriate with your spouse or partner it has no bearing on your ability to do your job. Normally, I'd say stick with what the voters have tasked you to do. Your bedroom, what you do to destress, etc is none of my business. The exception...when you lie or a hypocrite. For Republicans, I don't care if you are gay, you can still be a successful politician. Just don't make your way creating policy that is anti-gay or discriminatory because I will want you to resign. Same with Weiner. Had he just been upfront in the very beginning and not so defiant in his (not quite a) denial, I'd not look at resignation as a reasonable option.

    June 8, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. gt

    drip... drip.. drip.. the painful loss of support.... each day a few more will turn there backs...weiner is done...

    June 8, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Yep – in the same amount of time t took Ensign, Vitter, Sanford, Gingrich, etc.

    He has about 2 or 3 years to make up his mind and STILL be ahead of the republicans who had actual physical contact, or committed solicitation felonies, or asked a cancer-riddled wife for a divorce while she was hospitalized. No hurry, Weiner.

    June 8, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. Stoney

    Ther is one democrat willing to say the truth.

    June 8, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  8. Martha in CF

    I am very disappointed in what has happened with Mr. Weiner. Yes, he did this to himself. I liked his demeanor in Congress and I thought he was going far in his political venture. I think he is done, which is very sad.......................

    June 8, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You know, this is sooo tiring.
    It is great to take the moral high road and all that, but when the other team can't even spell "MORALS" what is all the talk from Democraps about Weiner resigning? I mean really, you've got your GIngrichs, Ensign, Terminators, Palins, etc and no one is screwing with them or asking them to resign. Hell, some of them are running for President!!
    Weiner cheated his wife NOT his constituents. If he'd been a better liar we woudl'nt be reading about this crap.
    Kaine needs to shut up and backup his teammate at least until after the investigation is completed.
    What would the RethugliKKKlans do in this situation???? Forge ahead and act as if there were nothing to see here that's what!!!

    June 8, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. terry

    Weiner should step down," Just like all the GOP "Scandals" were made to? This whole matter was another way for Repugs to stall "JOBS" Theres NO chance the republicans can change the "Bush" administrations "Total Collapse of our Financial System???? I just love the way Repubs "Blame the collapse on Obama???? How stupid can a "Voter" be,to vote in "Totalitarianism" As far as TeaParty, they can,t even get American Basic History? Palin sounded like a 4 yr old on Basic Revolutionary War Questions?????? My kids can answer her question?

    June 8, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. diridi

    Tim, listen, why should he resign? He did not commit any kind of crime. Lying, all lye....o.k, As long as it does not matter to his wife, who are we????I do not support chasing around women, well, it is human behavior....what about vitter, sanford, Ensign?????didn't they do it......at least he did not touch any one....o.k,

    June 8, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. Huh?


    Go ahead, keep the little weasel. Can you imagine how much fun we are going to have with the campaign ads in 2012?
    I can already imagine Obama's picture right next to Weiner, though it will be tough to pick which one of Weiner's many photos that might be appropriate. Perhaps Weiner's famous underwear photo might look good next to Obama. It will kind of a metaphor for what Obama has done to this country since he took office.

    We will call it the WEENIE and WEINER ticket.

    June 8, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    Good for him. Too bad it took so long.

    June 8, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. betterdays

    Naah, let's drag this out for a few more days; it's fun. I would like to see the text of some of the e-mails, but only because Weiner said "I'm not resigning." Otherwise I wouldn't care. But the twerp is so arrogant, I think he could use a little more humililty... I mean, humiliation.

    June 8, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I think they should ask Sen Vitter what his opinion on this is. That should be a very interesting NO COMMENT!

    June 8, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Why should Weiner resign? Because the Republicans have been looking for a *life line* to save them from the Ryan Plan debacle. To save them from their true motives being exposed in the ongong budget and deficit battles. All of that is being forgotten while Obama's poll numbers fall. Listen to the proposals coming out of the GOTP presidential candidates, which is more Bushonomics, more tax cuts, more deficit spending. Weiner has become a grave distraction and needs to be put to bed.

    June 8, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. chill

    I think he should resign and then submit himself to the voters again in the next election. If his constituents still want him as their representative, then so be it.

    June 8, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Huh?

    Go right ahead. We'll post the pics of Chris Lee, who cost you a safe seat, along with pics of Senator Vitter in the diaper he liked to wear with the DC Madam' s employee. Can we include Governor Sanford's love letters to his Argentine mistress, along with Larry Craig's favorite tap dancing routines? Kind of symbolic of the infantile way your side has with regards to the country: btw, has support for the Ryan Plan picked up yet, or is still only the Faux News acolytes that believe this is the way to prosperity? Can't wait to see if you can pay for your emergency room visit with your voucher. Chances are you won't be able to, especially if your hospital is owned by Rick Scott. As far as Weiner is concerned, he's done. Even if he stays in the House, his career is finished, and he will have no influence. He's toast.

    June 8, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Huh? wrote;
    Go ahead, keep the little weasel. Can you imagine how much fun we are going to have with the campaign ads in 2012?
    I can already imagine Obama's picture right next to Weiner, though it will be tough to pick which one of Weiner's many photos that might be appropriate. Perhaps Weiner's famous underwear photo might look good next to Obama. It will kind of a metaphor for what Obama has done to this country since he took office.
    Duh. This is true.

    June 8, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. larry

    Bill Clinton LIED!!!! Why didn't they demand his resignation!!!! Seems like a double standard to me!!! Equal justice for all, bull crap!!! Some just have more "equal justice" than others?????

    June 8, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Chris

    Well, were are all the Democrats that are champions for womens rights? Just last week they were make acussations that the Republicans were trying to roll back time. Wiener should go because he showed bad judgement.

    June 8, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Patty

    I think everyone of the politicians should resign. They all are crooked its just that some hide it better than otherrs. We need a clean slate!

    June 8, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |