House Democrats react to Weiner resignation
June 16th, 2011
06:17 PM ET
11 years ago

House Democrats react to Weiner resignation

Washington (CNN) - The news of Weiner’s resignation was met with reaction that ranged from relief to sadness on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

CNN caught up with up with several Democratic lawmakers during votes off the House floor just before Weiner made his resignation official in New York. These Democrats, who noted that they are close to Weiner, were quick to point out that while he will no longer be a member of Congress, they believe Weiner still has a promising future ahead, possibly including another political office.

Read reaction from several of Rep. Weiner's colleagues after the jump:

Rep. Ed Towns, D-New York:

Note: Towns represents district adjacent to Weiner’s and noted he is close friend of Weiner's.

"Hopefully he'll be able to bounce back and run for something else, and knowing him he probably will."

Weiner's resignation "helps us get back to the message."

Towns said it could take some time "but there's no doubt in mind that this is not the end for Mr. Weiner."

Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-New Jersey:

Pascrell said if Weiner had come clean right away he thought he could have survived and remained a Member of Congress.

Pascrell said he is still not happy about other Democrats "throwing him under the bus," but said the story became bigger than Weiner when individual members began to come out and call for him to resign.

When asked why Weiner had to resign but not Rangel, Pascrell quipped, "Isn't it interesting that there's something more mysterious about the flesh than it is about cash."

On another possible political campaign for Weiner, possibly running for Mayor of New York City, Pascrell said "I don’t think it's a good idea that he think about it in the next five years, but who's to say what's going to happen in five years."

Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York:

Said Weiner resigning was "loss" said he was "articulate" and could "dramatize the issues"

Said wished him the best – a sad situation.

Asked if Republicans could win the seat, Nadler said, "it's possible – not beyond the realm of possibility" and said the district had been trending red but "would take extraordinary circumstances" for Republicans to win (but said this not an extraordinary circumstance with respect to a special election)

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York:

Said he considers himself close friend of Weiner's, and spoke with him on Sunday (Weiner called to apologize to him)

Asked if Weiner could remain in politics, Engel said, "I don't know if he has a future in politics. He'll have a future in something. He'll land on his feet because he's smart and he's resourceful and he'll put this episode behind him."

"Elliot Spitzer is now on TV – he's a commentator. I think politics is hard. I would not take anything away from him. Matt Damon was doing a fundraiser for him, he never offered to do one for me. So Anthony has a way of moving up and doing things. He's talented and I think he'll land on his feet."

Asked if he could still get elected as Mayor of New York City, Engel said, "I think it would be hard for him to run for Mayor. I think it would be very difficult."

"If you look at history it's always the cover up that's more damaging than whatever someone may have done."

Engel said if Weiner had told the truth it wouldn’t have been easy for him to stay in Congress, but it would have been "a possibility."

Engel seemed confident that Democrats will hold Weiner's seat.

Asked about why Weiner stepped down and others were able to weather scandals, Engel noted Sen. Vitter is still in Congress, and said, "I'm still trying to figure out why what Anthony Weiner did that was worse than what Sen. Vitter did."

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  1. Bill in stl

    So that is what that loud cheer was .... Huh ....

    June 16, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Boehner and the GOP need to step up to the mic, now that Weiner is no longer a job killing distraction, and tell the American people what their job plan was before the distraction. The GOP has already got the Bush era tax cuts that were suppose to create jobs and that hasn't created one job, so whats the new "Snow Job" plan.

    June 16, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |