Democratic source: Weiner 'on the fence' about resigning, in state of 'despair'
June 13th, 2011
03:01 PM ET
11 years ago

Democratic source: Weiner 'on the fence' about resigning, in state of 'despair'

Washington (CNN) - A Democratic source who spoke to Anthony Weiner after Democratic leaders called on him to resign Saturday told CNN that even with that public hammer dropped on him, Weiner made clear he was still "on the fence" about whether to step down.

Democratic sources CNN has talked to since Saturday said that Weiner told Democrats pressuring him to go that he wanted to wait for his wife Huma to return from a trip with Hillary Clinton. This Democratic source told CNN that Weiner specifically said in their phone conversation that he needs to "look her in the eye" and discuss this before he makes any decision, because he has done enough to hurt her.

The same Democratic source said that Weiner was emotionally falling apart on the phone in this and other conversations and in a state of "despair." Other Democratic sources who talked to him late last week described him the same way. Another person who spoke to him on Saturday called Weiner's disposition "turbulent."

Separately, CNN reported midweek last week that pressure on Weiner was mounting and that privately some colleagues who were telling him it was time to resign said he had until the "end of the week."

Still, even though Weiner received that warning and discussions among senior Democrats were in the works about public calls for resignation, two Democratic sources involved in conversations told CNN that the revelation Friday of Weiner's contact with the 17-year-old girl in Delaware was the final straw.

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  1. obama victim

    don't go Tony...don't go........we need just a little more for our campaign ads

    June 13, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Apparently, both the GOP and some of the Dems like the distraction this provides.

    Jefferson gets caught with $90K in his freezer and nobody calls for his resignation for 3.5 years. Vitter got a standing ovation at a GOP luncheon in June or July 2007 just as the story broke about his wh-ring. Weiner sexts a bit raunchy and shows that he's maybe a bit vain for his own good by taking pics of himself all the time but does nothing illegal...instantaneous calls for resignation. Absurd. Totally and completely absurd.

    June 13, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Just go Weiner and come back just like Vitter and some of the rest of the "in the closet" hypocrites.

    June 13, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. California Conservative

    Democrats kept their party for 40 years, why not this poor excuse?

    June 13, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Republican Robber Baron

    Game Over – the longer he stays, the more Brietbart and the rightie Partisans will send his explicit photos. It is just too much baggage to deal with.

    June 13, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Dave

    To all the people who want to stand on a pedastal and shout from their moral high ground, is this what you really want? Is driving a person into despair really that gratifying. Sure you'll say " he did it to himself", but unless he is guilty of breaking the law, there is no jsutification for trying to destroy a person, their family , or their career. To those who say, he COULD have sent things to underaged girls- well peopel are not convicted and thrown in jail for what could have happened. What the media should be covering is how this story broke and the motive behind it. They should be covering the fact that activists can generate stories of private matters in an attempt to smear and silenece anyone who does not agree with them politically.

    June 13, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Obamamnesty

    Weiner diid nothing wrong at all! This is the new norm after B. Clinton set the "OK to do" bar very very very low.

    June 13, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. aelarsen

    blah....blah....blah....the man is not mentally capable of doing the job......

    June 13, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Republican Robber Baron

    CA conserv – yes just like how the GOP gives Sen. Vitter a standing ovation for sleeping with numerous hookers in DC and LA.
    Or place profiteering war criminals in speeches or book tours...that are responsible for waste of half a trillion tax dollars and deaths of thousands of Americans for corporate welfare.

    June 13, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    This really gets me about the situation about Mr Weiner. Do we all forget who did much worse and it was o.k. because this country was saying what does his personal life have to do with running the country. We all turned are back on his moral fiber and voted again for this person and he lied under oath plus his behavior was in the White House. Weiner did lie but not under oath and because he was ashamed and now he fess up to and we say "how could you do this""RESIGN. So why fess up but under oath you lie and you get away with it. To me President Clinton stared the decline of moral decline when it comes to what is not acceptable but we as a country took the stand that was a personal issue between he and his family and,therefore, i do not see the difference with that and Mr Weiner. It should be a personal issue also with him and his family. I really don't understand this double standard!!!

    June 13, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    THe GOP can't call for anything since there was Vitter, Craig Ensign and others like the Rep who sent racy e-mails the pages. This should stop, and I call on CNN to stop talking about it. This has nothing to do with a jobs bill or the debt ceiling which we need to be talking about more.

    June 13, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Larry L

    It's dangerous to have your weener poised over a fence.

    June 13, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Rhoda R

    Dave, we'd probably be more gentle where he not one of the 'elites' that thinks his act is so together that he can demand other people live according to the rules he sets down; ie. he's a typical 'do as I say not as I do' liberal. Unfortuantely he is a member of a body with the power to draft and pass laws to do just that. If he weren't suck a smug prick he'd not have been ridden as hard.

    June 13, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    I said it since the day he admitted to the lies. Time to go. Unfortunately for Mr. Weiner, I think he may have stayed past his time to be re-welcomed into politics in the near future. He could have martyred himself, and ran for his old seat next year. Might be too late for that now.

    June 13, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Patti

    Stick a fork in him, he's done.

    June 13, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Rlg

    This man needs to stay far away from a all computers. He is definitely a distraction and at this stage of the game, is not doing his constituents any good.

    June 13, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    This may be the incident that finally gets Weiner into recovery. He's obviously addicted to stress/adrenalin; there's no other explanation for his reckless behavior. I hope for his sake, he can get his life back together and can ultimately make sincere amends to all the people he's hurt.

    Regarding whether he should stay in office: That's up to his constituents to decide. Personally, I admire his politics and willingness to take on the loony right, but – as with Bill Clinton – I abhor his behavior.

    June 13, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. gt

    FYI... Vitter affair was 7 yrs ago ,,,no more dog piles on weiner...and who is to say what shoe may fall next... democrat or republican...

    June 13, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    California Conservative: Ted Kennedy did not murder Mary Jo Kopechne; yes, he was driving the car when it flipped into the tidal channel on Chappaquiddick Island, but I believe it was an accident. He handled the aftermath very poorly – and then spent the rest of his life trying to do good for people.

    Murderers don't behave like that; just look at OJ Simpson, if you don't believe me.

    June 13, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "This too should be blamed on the Negro leader that was elected and put into the office that should never have been due to the lies"

    Thanks CNN....about time you let one of these bigot slide one through to show us where it all really comes from.

    June 13, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |

    Las Vegas bookmakers have Weiner 5 to 1 against resigning, although it was as high as 8 to 1 against as recently as late last evening.

    I'm guessing they expect him to continue to put himself and his career ahead of his wife, his party and his country.

    June 13, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. valwayne

    I originally thought that Rep Weiner should resign. What he did was sleazy and showed an amazing amount of arrogance and incredibly bad judgement. And the same with lying when any reasonably intelligent person would have known the jig was up. However, what I find to be a greater scandal than anything that Rep Weiner did are these calls by arrogant high level democrats for his resignation. They are so hypocrital they should have their mouths taped shut. Every one of these democrats, and left wing commentators, defended bill Clinton's oval office sexcapades to the hilt. Every one of them told us that lying for month after month to the entire nation was no big deal, because after all everybody lies about sex. So watcing the giant hypocrites turn on Rep Weiner and hold him to a completely different standard than they held the President of the United States makes me sick. I'n so sick of the hypocrisy of these high level democrats that I hope Rep Weiner gets mad, spits in their eye, and sticks it out. His constituents want him to stay.

    June 13, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. Sponkboglin

    I cant understand the constant over-reaction about this. Who cares? Let the man get back to work already. Bunch of uptight puritanical Americans...

    June 13, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Marybel

    We can keep comparing who did worse things and didn't resign till the cows come home. Clinton's behaviors were way worse, and he didn't resign after he was impeached! What has particularly doomed Weiner is the photographic evidence. And the hits just keep on coming. Only Weiner knows for sure what is out there in cyberspace, waiting to be outer. It's all pretty distasteful, and Weiner is the first scandal complete with visuals.

    June 13, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |