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BLITZER’S BLOG: I wouldn’t rule out second chance for Weiner
June 16th, 2011
01:47 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: I wouldn’t rule out second chance for Weiner

Washington (CNN) – If Anthony Weiner does some day want to make a political comeback, he will certainly have the cash to do it. The New York City Campaign Finance Board database shows that he has $4.5 million in cash for what was supposed to be his 2013 race for New York mayor. Until the scandal, he was widely seen as the front-runner.

He also has more than $300,000 cash on hand for his Congressional election campaign.

I’ve asked CNN's Brian Todd to do some reporting for The Situation Room today to determine how Weiner can legally use that money. Brian is interviewing campaign finance experts.

I don't know whether Weiner will ever try to run for political office again. I do know that the American public, especially New Yorkers, can be very forgiving. Weiner was very well liked in his largely Democratic district in Queens and Brooklyn. They admired his tough style and his very strong liberal views. Until his resignation, many of his constituents made it clear that they were willing to forgive him for the lewd pictures and the sexting.

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll see how Weiner deals with this personal collapse. We'll see how his wife handles all of this. And we will see how people in New York respond. I wouldn’t completely rule out the possibility of a second chance for him.

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  1. Katie Harris

    We would really like to see Anthony Weiner comeback. I think he is still the best candidate for the Mayoral race in 2012
    all the other potential are self-serving and really doesn't care for the people of new york except for Billy Thompson. 3
    Anthony Weiner can lead the city of NY, everyone deserves a second chance, Clinton and others did worse, it didn't end their career. I still say Weiner 2013. If we can't have Anthony Weiner, then either Bill thompson or John Liu..

    April 23, 2012 at 1:31 am |
    • Eki

      It just saddens me that these eetceld and professed elites think they are our rulers, not representatives, think they can go any way their junk rolls. What happened to integrity in this world? We can point to Weiner as a grave cautionary tale and say poor fool. But what has gotten into our culture to first do this behavior and then to excuse it. Mystefying.[]

      August 3, 2012 at 12:12 am |
  2. unretired05

    When is Senator David Vitter going to follow him and resign. He's been hanging around for almost 4 years, and what he did is illegal. I guess it's alright if your a GOPer in a diaper.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  3. Anthony Weiner is a human being

    I want to condemn the heckling by Howard Stern sidekick: Calling Weiner a pervert at today's press conference was uncalled for. As if Howard Stern show is not perverse! Did Anthony Weiner have sex with a minor? No. Did he break any laws? No. There was a GOP senator who tried to solicit sex in a man's bathroom and he got to stay in the Senate despite that kind of behaviour. Anthony Weiner had inappropriate messaging with adult women who were flirting with him. Yes, the pictures he sent were conduct unbecoming for a congressman but I don't understand the double standard people are applying to this case when Bill Clinton was able to keep his job.

    Despite his failings, I believe Anthony Weiner should have been given the chance to make a dignified exit today. That man who shouted at him took advantage of Weiner's vulnerable situation. The pictures, the text is cringeworthy but a human being made a mistake. He's going to be a father. I imagine neither Weiner or his pregrant wife got much sleep. Did NY Times really have to report on her pregnancy? I feel bad for this couple.

    For those of you – including that opportunistic porn trash who paraded in front of cameras with Gloria Allred yesterday – who claim that Weiner lied, I say not quite. He said he could not tell "with certitude" that it wasn't him. Right there, he admitted the truth but he was so embarrassed – who wouldn't be – he could not say yeah it's me. He panicked and said he was hacked. And in less than a week he came clean. He made up for his initial deception and took responsibility.

    I did not like how the Democrats turned against one of their own. President Obama, Pelosi and others would not even give this man a chance at rehab. I hope Anthony finds a way to heal from this scandal. It took guts to go in front of that cannibalistic New York crowd today.

    The lesson to learn for Anthony and any man – and I suspect there are plenty out there – is to think with your heads and not your limbic brains when admiring females interested in your pocketbooks/fame/power approach you either online or on the street. Rielle Hunter's line to John Edwards was, "You are so hot".

    June 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
    • Rob

      Plain and simple. This guy has psycologicle problems. Not fit to be in congress or or even a daycare monitor. He is a definate security problem, . What if Al Quida got hold of this? Could he have been blackmailed? Just curious. A liar is a liar. His career should be over. He is a security risk, period. Not to mention he is derranged. The world is watching a discrase. The wold is watching this. The Chinese are laughing..

      June 16, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
      • Jimmy Crack Corn

        I think the Chinese are laughing at your spelling and grammar.

        June 17, 2011 at 4:21 am |
  4. nuser

    Why not take the time to check Weiner out. His lies on the occupied territories are an outrage! This man appears to be
    self serving and has a perverted sense of exhibitionism .

    June 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  5. Frank

    Yes please don't take Weiner out...he will take a picture of it and send it to some school girls.

    June 16, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  6. Mike

    Oh look..another Dim-rat in a sex scandal. How odd...not

    June 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  7. JS

    Of course, Wolf thinks that you can't count Weiner out. He'll probably get a talk show on CNN- They can have the PERVERT BLOCK- with an hour of WEINER followed by the hour of NY's FORMER Prostitute Lovin' Governor." Anything for ratings.

    June 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  8. David

    Weiner is a loser! Forget about the sexting, he lied, has no integrity, no conscious, no common sense, sneaks behind his wife’s back and the public. How can anyone in their right mind reelect a lying cheat and how can you believe anything he says?

    June 16, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  9. clarke

    Oh CNN you need to find a different format. You dissect everything to death. let it go. He was a bad boy, he needs to deal with his devil. Please move on.

    June 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  10. coco

    Or, maybe he can get a job at CNN - oh, whoops - already did that, didn't you CNN? I mute the guy and change the channel every time he comes on. Whatever - it's the boys club again.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  11. Steven A.

    It's like I told the old lady. Weiner will be back. Just give it an hour or so.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  12. gatorfldennis

    He will have his own reality tv show. But anywhere else on the planet he would be political and social plutonium except in Zoo York. The people in his district will swallow their integrity and values if they thought Weiner could do something for them. just not now when Obama and his poor handling of the economy

    June 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  13. William

    Yeah, I imagine all you clueless liberals were similarly whining and crying over the forced resignation of Republican Chris Lee as a result of his similar – albeit much less egregious – "shirtless" Craigslist scandal. Apparently hypocrisy is so engrained in liberal DNA, you just can't help yourselves.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  14. William

    Weiner will NEVER be able to shake the stigma of his juvenile and narcissistic behavior, nor of his blatant public LYING. This would be the case even if his name were not WEINER.

    Seriously, you couldn't make this story up if you tried.... LOL

    June 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  15. oldster

    Todays media is nothing but an extension of National Enquirer . Just one big scandal sheet. News organiztions-BS

    June 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  16. edvhou812

    Wolf is trying to tell us, "You can't keep a good Weiner down."

    June 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  17. gpl2032

    Yo, Wolf how can you still stand by this D-bag? I got to give to you because you are truly LOYAL to your base. Im talking fanatic loyalty. Had this been a GOP guy you know you would be crucifying him. I wonder if this was Palin if you and King would have been as nice....lol....of course you wouldn't. Im sure weiner will be an analyst on your network.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  18. Finnianlad

    Drop the Republican and Democrat junk people. The guy is a pig, plain and simple. I don't care what party he belongs to. Good riddance.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  19. William

    Of course this self-absorbed, lying hypocrite will be back, but only because he has a (D) after his name. That designation attracts the votes of liberals, who typically care nothing for character, honesty, integrity or moral decency, but are concerned only with personal gain and antagonizing conservatives. This was the basis for their continued support of a crack head mayor in Washington DC, as well as their incandescent hatred for and demonization of George Bush simply because he has the audacity to defeat their Presidential candidate... twice. No doubt the Devil himself could get elected as a Democrat, so long as conservatives objected and the Dark One promised to kick back plenty of government freebies.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  20. Bob In Florida

    Hey Blitzer;

    Now that you, John King, CNN et.al. have spent more than 80 full hours drumming Weiner out of Congress for lesser transgressions than Vitter.....WHEN OH WHEN will you all spend AS MUCH TIME SHAMING THE THEIVES ON WALL STREET AND THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM who have stolen a minimum of 35% of the total wealth in this country since 2007??? When...oh when will you find the SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS to bring justice to the American people for the OUTRIGHT THEFT that was done through the stock market, deriviatives, and housing fraud???? WILL YOU SPEND 80 TOTAL HOURS ON THAT INJUSTICE.....OR ARE YOU AND CNN JUST TABLOID TITALATORS WITH NO SUBSTANCE?????

    NOW, that you have spnt that much time on Weiner's weiner when will you spend as much time on how the American people got royally screwed without even a kiss at the end??????????????????????????????????????

    June 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Rob

      Weiner is just that, a weiner. He needed to go. The slimeball will re-emerge in a year or two acting like a saint. Point is he will be acting, just like our Prez. No substance, total diregard for the common folk. A complete liberal, elitist $$$hole.

      June 16, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • JS

      EXCELLENT POST! I 'm glad it made it on for you- as CNN MONITORS my posts because they're dirtbags!

      June 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
      • Rob

        What was that? Don't understand the post. Are you for or against someone allowed to be a pervert?

        June 16, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  21. Gretchen

    Why didnt Cnn follow,hound or confront the republican congressman or senators who were caught in terrible sex scandals Vitter, Mark foley who by the way propositioned congressional page boys while on the job in congress,I find weiners conduct bad,but all this press and dana bash and a CNN producer confronting him looks very suspect when they did not do the same in other cases that were much worse than this.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • Jean Sartre

      Well, it just might have something to do with Dana Bash (King) and John King being good old GOD FEARIN' REPUBICANS, who cannot be very impartial nor can the entire news reporting at CNN.

      Yes, they certainly did do a very thorough job on Anthony Weiner...

      June 16, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • Todd

      Foley quit, but Vitter is still there, and Spitzer who also rented escorts, is working for CNN.

      Nice, huh?

      June 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  22. CindySanFrancisco

    He will be back. What a loss. So sad. I wish him and his family luck as he becomes a father.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • ArizonaYankee

      Now that is a real undeserved compliment for a mean spirited, caustic, narcissistic politician. I don't care what party. Weiner is total Rubbish and should stay out of politics. America doesn't need these kind of people, politics or otherwise.

      June 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • Rob

      What a loss? you gotta be kidding me.

      June 16, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • egm11

      well cindy, he can move to california. he will really fit well out there. maybe you can twitter him and request some autographed photos of his "package". san francisco, lord love ya, the home of fruits and nuts. banning circumcision, banning old fish and various pets, gay marriage and now defending da weiner. you people need a 9.5 earthquake to clear your heads.

      June 16, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • sanfrancisco

      ouch... that hurts... maybe he should be mayor in some great american city...lets say detroit.. nah no color.... dallas.. nah not man enough....las vegas... no liar poker is not profitable....san francisco.. yeah.. he fits like a glove ....

      June 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  23. txman28

    I thought you people were going to back off after you got your way!!! You people overblow everything you get your hands on. Journalism....??? OK, whatever... I think noise would be a more appropriate description.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • Rob

      CNN is one of the voices of the libs. If this was so bad for them, it must be hurting the big O. The dems need him to go. That's what this is all about.

      June 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • CTEXAS

      It's not overblown. You must be a constituent.

      June 16, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  24. trickam5422

    New York has forgiven Anthony Weiner his misdeeds. he didn't have sex with any of the women. He just engaged in showboating his musical organs. He actually resigned to appease fellow Democrats in Washington who are worried about next year's elections, but he continues to enjoy solid support among his core constituents. This means that come next congressiona elections when his vacated seat is up for grabs, a rehabilitated Weiner can run again. He may also want to give the NY mayoral run some consideration.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  25. Hopeful for Weiner

    Congrats to CNN and other "so called" news media for creating so much distraction and forced a competent congressman out of the congress.. What he did was very worng at a personal level, but it's his's wife and his business to deal with and it should not have been a reason for him to resign.. i.e. unless news media made such a huge deal.. He was one of the few voices for middleclass in congress and his constituency wanted him to stay.. I sure hope he makes a great come back

    June 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • dweeb

      I could not agree with this post any more than I do. Shame on the media.

      June 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • gearloose

      The sexting isn't the issue....It's lying that's the issue. This guy lied outright to all of us and deserves the outcome.

      June 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
      • Jean Sartre

        EVERYBODY LIES... This seems to be the ongoing montra: HE LIED, so he has to go!

        That's probably the most important qualification for a Congress/person or Senator: the ability to lie with a straight face and seem, truthful...

        June 16, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  26. Tyler S.

    I don't post much on blogs, I prefer to just read through and chuckle at your simplistic views. I hear alot of you attacking Weiner and even Wolf Blitzer. Here's what I think about YOU people. You spend way too much time sitting in front of your computers blogging your stupid ideas. I'm also going to assume that some of you live in hick states, where even the thought of sex is frowned upon by your churches. I'm from Jersey, I know New Yorkers, and up here the majority of us don't care about a politician sexting. Unless you have a time machine or crystal ball, than please shut up. You don't know what the future holds for Weiner.
    P.s.- With all the time you people spend in front of your computers, I'm going to assume there are a few people reading this who have been involved in sexting or at least have pics of your junk on your computers or phones. You people are not holier than Weiner.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Kyle E.

      You couldnt have said it any better!!!!! As a registered Independent who was ready to switch to Democrat as that is how I have always voted, I was stunned at the Democrats lack of loyalty. I am truly unsure now whether Obama will get my vote, if he cant support a fellow politician, how quickly would he turn his back on me? While I have always seen the GOP as religion+government, strangely called the taliban in the mideastern countries, here it is the GOP, but now I am seeing the Dems, try the same hatemongering!!

      June 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • ChuchoLroto

      "Unless you have a time machine or crystal ball" How much medication are you on?

      June 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  27. Just an Average American

    It's sad reading all this. All of you need to quit blaming REP's and/or DEM's, the rich or the poor, and everything in between for everything. Its time we start being American's first!! We will never solve any problems in this country, and there are so many, because everyone is busy fighting back and forth. It's time to stop bitching and to come together. If we can't do that now, when?? It's easy to point fingers but we need solutiuons! We need leaders!!

    June 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Bob In Florida

      THEN....YOU BE A LEADER....NOW....IT IS EASY TO CRITICIZE....IT IS A LOT TOUGHER GETTING OFF YOUR BUTT AND DOING THE NECESSARY WORK TO CHANGE THINGS. IT IS MY FIRVERENT OPINION THAT WE IN THIS COUNTRY NEED TO DO WHAT THE PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST ARE DOING...WHAT THE PEOPLE IN GREECE ARE DOING....SAYING ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND WE WILL UNITE ...WORK TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON CAUSE...THE COMMON GOOD...SO THAT """"ALL"""" AMERICAN CAN LIVE RELATIVELY DECENTLY AND THE ULTRA-WEALTHY SHALL NOT RULE OVER US ANY MORE!!

      June 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  28. marineace

    Hey Wolf, maybe he can co-host with you.......

    June 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Manoj

      I was a bit irked today to hear Luke Russert coming down hard on Weiner on Andrea Mitchell's hour and when she borguht up David Vitter and John Ensign, Russert remarked that at least they hadn't LIED to Luke and a few other reporters in the course of a couple of hours! Give me a break! Widdle Luke got his feelings hurt? There is no equivalency between Weiner's fantasy cybersex and some Republicans actually cheating on their wives with another hot body, even illegal prostitutes! Not sure Luke will ever match the success of his father.

      August 1, 2012 at 2:38 am |
    • Jake

      How come the women politicians aren't ever cgauht flashing their beavers at some teenage boy? I guess it only happens if you're a school teacher. Men will be men', which means they spend 90% of their time thinking about sex and the only solution to this if you're tired of all the sex scandals' is VOTE FOR WOMEN ONLY.[] Reply:June 12th, 2011 at 4:20 pmYou're right! Let's do it. But just not that Palin lady. She scares me.[]

      August 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
  29. Ms M L Beckham

    I don't think that Rep. Weiner should have resigned, but it was his decision. I've seen him many times and he spoke up for his constituents! He is very intelligent man who did a foolish thing! We have all done things that have come back and bitten us in the backside. I believe that once some time passes, Anthony Weiner will be back, with his personal problems resolved, ready to do something better.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  30. Dan

    I'm certainly glad that the coroboration for "he can make a political comeback" is that "he has the money to do it." I'm glad that we, as Americans, can finally admit that that's what gets a person elected. Being able to pay for it.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  31. Lorraine

    Why would Blizer presume Weiner is not completely burnt TOAST? Is Blitzer wishing John Ensign back on any of us. Or Christopher Lee – also from New York – remember him? Come on Blitzer. No one needs to imagine Weiner floating to the surface again. He screwed the pooch and his integrity and credility – especially in regard to defaming other – blaming anyone and everyone else but himself- is tanked. He is one of those lowly political dividers and hate mongerers. He ONLY made the political scene in our country an eve more discredited one. Blitzer – how dare you presume Weiner wil ever, ever, ever see the light of day – and lead a group of citizens – ever again.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • realist

      Because he knows Americans are have a nano second memory duration. And we love to give people a second chance, even murderers. Not condoning it but what he did was far less than that. Just look at where Michael Vick is today.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  32. reagan

    Yeah Wolf – Weiner is as likely to reemerge in politics as you are likely to become an objective journalist! When pigs fly!!!

    June 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • Tyler S.

      More objective than you. Your screenname is "reagan". I highly doubt you're partial in any way. I wonder where you sit on the political spectrum? $20 bucks on "Tea party moron".

      June 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  33. rf924

    "I wouldn’t rule out second chance for Weiner"......................Not only would I not rule it out, I wouldn't be surprised if Weiner was the next democrat presidential nominee as much as democrats seem to admire perverts like Weiner & Clinton. And, by the way, what kind of loons live in Weiner's district that they would re-elect him according to polls?

    June 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • realist

      Perverts are on both sides of the aisle. So that argument holds no water.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
      • SAMMY

        Dems support most of this perverted stuff. both sides indulge. the public looks at which side is backing gay marriage, gay rights, porn, ACLU etc etc. You are right both sides are at fault; but promoted by one side

        June 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • germgaz1

      Now why aren't you mentioning all of those Republican ministers that have been caught having affairs and even engaging (Heaven Forbid) in homosexual relationships? What about that Republican from Idaho being caught in the men's john with his "pants down" doing gay foot taps? You seem to have lost focus that it isn't a conservative or liberal issue.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
      • SAMMY

        getting a little hostile aren't we

        June 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • kayla

      the same loons who voted for david vitter and the rest of the repugs.

      June 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  34. Unbeliever

    Another one bites the dust.

    There just aren't enough jobs at CNN for all these guys.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Lorraine

      Anyone really watch Elliot Spitzer on CNN – or believe a word he is saying? Spitzer lost his voice, his credibility and his ability to speak the truth – when he resigned.

      Be gone – all of them. I could lead better than any of these entitled fools – who think they must remain in our public view – after they TOTALLY discredited themselves.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
      • H G

        You must be a really fun woman to hang out with. Are you married? If so, you're husband is one lucky man...he must wait for you to go to sleep to use the bathroom at night...

        June 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • Rickmeister

      ...when does Weiner's talk show on CNN begin?

      June 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  35. John, Chesapeake, VA

    Wolf, I NEVER heard Weiner expressly state "he was lying through his teeth." Now YOU'RE embellishing the story. Just go with the facts and quite exacerbating a difficult situation for the guy.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  36. Paul NYC

    Congratulations Blitzer and Co. You folks really outdid yourselves this time. What's next on your agenda? How about going after average Americans for things they do that you don't particularly like? That would be fun, wouldn't it - to destroy the lives of people just for flirting online or via text message. Congratulations to CNN because I can't imagine that there could have possibly been a story as important as this Weiner nonsense to occupy the airwaves.

    Let me ask you something, Wolf: Do you folks pursue your own executives a vigorously? I mean, I'm sure there are top execs at CNN that do silly sexual things while on the job - are you going to broadcast that as well or will that be swept under the rug? No need to answer because we all know the truth. So good job getting Weiner to resign. Kudos to the incredible investigative journalism that brought us to this. If you folks gave a hundredth of the effort exposing the people on Wall Street that helped destroy this country, we might actually have some accountability. But I know the score, Wolf, folks like you are afraid you won't be invited to the next cushy cocktail party or weekend on some tropical island if you don't go along to get along.

    American news media - a complete disgrace. You folks don't even have the right to utter the name Murrow at this point.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • realist

      You are right it is rampant everywhere just not shown the light of day

      June 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • TB

      The guy is disgusting and has no credibility...he deserves to go. He is liar just like almost all those folks in D.C. Country is going to hell and we have a bunch of fools running it.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Dinah Kudatsky

      Totally. I wish CNN had the news gravitas and priorities of Al Jazeera, a fine and serious news organization, instead of behaving like a National Enquirer wannabe. If I wanted scandal, I'd go there; the National Enquirer is going after Boehner next. I'd like to think I could turn on the news and watch something meaningful and substantive. While CNN was busy titillating us with this non-story, the GOP is once again trying to privatize Social Security, and everything else it can get its Greedy Oligarchical Plutocratic hands on.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  37. Obamamnesty

    Weiner should stay and run again soon! What is does in private is none of our business! Ahhhhhhhh! Oh the lying! Well that to is not reason enough to resign. Lie all you want folks! It doesn't hurt anyone! Just like the pix did not hurt anyone! What is the big deal you say!!!!! According to many lying and sexting are cool! We all do it! Right! WOW!

    June 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  38. Don

    Ha Ha, you Libs are a joke and Obama is go down in 2012

    June 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • Dinah Kudatsky

      And when was it that you dropped out of school? Fifth grade?

      June 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  39. jean2009

    We have congressmen, senators, past-presidential candidates and past presidents who have done worse than post a picture of themselves flashing some woman on their cell phone. When confronted, I remember that at least 99.9% percent of them also lied about their deed. I don't think what Anthony Weiner or any of the others did is right, but is it really our business? As a nation we seem stuck in the Puritan era, we seem to lack maturity, which sad to say may be even a worse flaw than that of Anthony Weiner. I think he can come back, and when he does he will be stronger and more mature than those currently throwing stones at him.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • Max

      Well put. Totally agree.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Avian22

      I could n't agree with you more...It only shows the level of hypocrisy the society is in. Mr. Weiner should reconsider as to what he did and should come out much more stronger for I believe he has great potential to serve the soceity as a politician.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • realist

      Amen. Throw out the Puritanical righteousness and let's get down to things that matter. Like disease, poverty and crime.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • William

      Ahhh. there it is... liberal relativistic "logic" rearing it's ugly head once more. It's not the recently married US congressman Tweeting suggestive pictures of himself to dozens of strangers who is "Immature", it's the people who found that juvenile behavior unacceptable who are "immature". Just when I think it's simply not possible for liberals to be any more idiotic, one comes along to prove me wrong.

      June 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  40. RMS

    If everyone in government office were to have their sex lives exposed and they were all held to same standard of condemnation as Rep. Weiner – there would be no one left in Washington. Peoples sex lives are private and quite frankly I don't care to know all the sordid details. (Shame on the media for making this headline news) What is significant about this scandal is the new standard the internet and social media brings to the circus. Mr. Weiner is not alone in his addiction to the instant gratification constant electronic media now allows. We need to use this to set an example for our children as an example of how not to behave. This sort of "affair" used to be conducted behind closed doors in privacy. Today's social networking obsession has taken away all pretext of personal vs private lives. Everything we do can now be instantly posted in cyberspace. The consequences are better left to individuals to address in private conversations with their families, friends and maybe mental health care professionals. Enough of the media coverage.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Kelly

      Yes, politicians' sex lives should be kept private. It's when they themselves make it public – by getting arrested, getting caught, or by tweeting their junk to young women – that they become an embarrassment to the office and have to go. You can blame the media for a lot, but not for this; this is 100% the congressman's doing. The media did not poke around for this story. I suggest ex-Rep. Weiner go back to grad school and find a new career because he is done as a public office holder.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • CommonSenseJack

      You're spot on – shame on the media for this fiasco. Wanna see shirtless guys? Got to any beach in America, or the world for that matter. Any idea how many people sexting everyday – it's in the millions. What Weiner did is so mundane it's ridiculous – and nobody's damn business either. But the prudish public pundits and the incessant need to butt in to other people's business prevailed. Too bad.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Roberta Sorensen

      RMS, I agree with you. I'm not a New Yorker – I actually live in a red state (VA) – but I think people will forgive the Congressman. I hope he runs again and if I had a chance, I would vote for him. Heaven knows we all have reverted back to our teenage behavior sometime in our adult life. He has learned his lesson, I am sure, and I hope things work out for him and that he knows there are many of us who are pulling for him. RLS

      June 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  41. BG

    As an NYC resident I hope he does run in the next Mayoral, election. I bet if we could uncover Bloombergs' laundry it would be dirtier. But, who cares? This is so stupid and petty and will work for Weiner, if he runs. VIVA LA WEINER!!!!!

    June 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  42. Chedar

    Trust me Weiner will be back.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • 12-21-12

      Weiner out...Weiner in...Weiner out...Weiner in!

      June 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  43. open400

    Weiner did in fact disgrace himself, but what Governor Sanford of South Carolina did was far worse and I saw nothing form the Republican leadership for him to set down. Sanford lied tro where he was as active governor and ran off to South America. What if something had happened at that time(e.g. hurricane, large chemical fire, race riot) in South Carolina while Sanford was fooling around in South America? Only the governor of a state can call out the national guard in times of emergency.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • Dinah Kudatsky

      You betcha, open400. Sanford has lots of company in his difficulties with Restless Penis Syndrome. But his disappearance was totally reckless, and an abrogation of his gubernatorial responsibilities.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  44. t56

    I wonder how many of you who are singing ex-Rep. Weiner's praises are aware of the racist litierature he used to win his first primary campaign for NY City Council. Right after the Crown Heights riots he had his supporters inundate the area with flyers denouncing one of his opponents as part of the "Jesse Jackson, David Dinkins agenda"

    June 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Nikore

      Not that I endorse Weiner at all, but what's racist about a politician denouncing his opponent's agenda by comparing it to that of Jesse Jackson? Are you implying that anyone who disagrees with Jesse Jackson is a racist? Or are you denying that Jesse Jackson has an agenda, while any assertions to the contrary should be seen as racist? Both sound like ludicrous arguments to me.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  45. Ed

    Obviously never rule out a democrat. After all the democrat mayor of Washington D.C. was convicted of using cocaine and the democrats voted him back in. Basically if in a democratic state if you get on the ballot you automatically win. If Jack the Ripper got on the ballot as a democrat he would win.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • jean2009

      David Vitter, Mark Sanford, Larry Craig, Bob Barr, Henry Hyde, Newt Gingrich, Bob Livingston, Rudy Giuliani, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George H. W. Bush, John McCain.

      Pot – Kettle?

      June 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
      • Dinah Kudatsky

        Thank you, Jean2009, for that very comprehensive list of Republican cheaters, hypocrites, pervs, liars, and Republicans behaving badly. I'll just add John Ensign, Mark Foley, Bob Dole, Ronald Reagan, Strom Thurmond, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly ... the list goes on. Being human and acting like a stupid doodyhead belongs to no political party exclusively. But at least the left doesn't act holier than thou as does the self-righteous right-wing: homophobes having anonymous gay sex, racists having interracial , secret love children, Christians having affairs, divorces, remarriages ...

        June 16, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  46. Adrian

    Another sad day. For one, there are more important matters going on, and secondly, he's a great guy who was simply let down. He admitted to doing something wrong, which was no ones buisiness and something half of Americans probably do, and the party left him hanging when they easliy could have used it to show how shameless people who have actually done wrong are.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  47. Bruce

    Clinton did not resign why should wiener.!?

    June 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • Ed

      Well when you have to ask a porno star to lie to protect your reputation it is indeed probably time to resign. Clinton should have also resigned by not doing so it cost Al Gore the presidency.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
      • jean2009

        The right-wing driven Supreme Court cost Al Gore the presidency.

        June 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
      • William

        The failed attempts by liberals to rig the election in Florida cost Gore the Presidency in 2000. That, and the fact that Gore is a transparently egotistical imbecile.

        June 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
      • Dinah Kudatsky

        Ed, Ed, Ed ... Al Gore carried Florida, and was elected president. Jean2009 is absolutely right. Katharine Harris, Jeb Bush, and the 5-4 Supreme Court stopped the vote count (which eventually DID show that Gore carried Florida) and handed the Gore presidency over to little Bush. Bill Clinton did not harm Al Gore's campaign. And Bill Clinton, private behavior notwithstanding, created 22 million new jobs and left a surplus. Bill Clinton is highly regarded.

        June 16, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  48. Carol

    Having lived in the Queens, and relatives in Brooklyn, I know these mindsets very well. He'll be back when he straightens out his problems. No doubt about it. He might even become Mayor of N.Y.C. along the way.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  49. MattR

    Weiner can go to work for CNN now and be a co-host with Spitzer.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  50. steve

    you're right don't count him out, He'll probably end up with a show on CNN

    June 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • William

      Or maybe even on CNBC, where no one will see or hear him.

      June 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  51. George Bartley

    Anthony Weiner is guilty of a "sex scandal without sex." And the noise in Washington is a political distraction from what is really important. Mr. Weiner is obviously a survivor, and I feel that he will be able to come back from all this a stronger and wiser rerpresentative with valuable perceptions and inner knowledge.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      I agree with Blitzer that I wouldn't count Rep Weiner out. He has a challenge ahead of him and for his and his family's sake, I hope he meets it by getting into recovery from whatever it is that drives him to do these kinds of things. If he really changes and can demonstrate that, he would be welcome back by his constituents.

      It's all up to him now.

      In the meantime, let's get back to helping our country by creating jobs and revitalizing our industries.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • Doug

      No, he disgraced himself, and congress, by lying. Perceptions and knowledge mean little without principles.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  52. Dinah Kudatsky

    Anthony Weiner's resignation today, though inevitable, is a tragic waste of a great public servant. I will never forget how he championed the 9/11 First Responders on the floor of the House, while Republicans were nonchalantly willing to cut off their health benefits. I'd like to hope that he will return to public life once he has done the necessary personal work. Who now will fight for ordinary working and middle class Americans? We need his progressive voice! While no one can justify Anthony Weiner's poor judgement or reckless personal behavior, nonetheless, David Vitter, patron of prostitutes, still holds office, and no one in the GOP has gone after John Ensign, who apparently paid hush money to his mistress' husband. When a leader is taken down, it is political – it is always political. Anthony Weiner, thank you for your service, and may your values in support of ordinary working families continue to be championed by others.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      I wholeheartedly agree – thank you for your post!

      June 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • marcamp

      In a city like New York with so many talented individuals, why should they have to settle for a man who has such a low opinion of himself and his wife! While I know so many politicians have been re-elected (I'm from Philadelphia the only city in the world that bombed itself...and the man who ordered the bombing was re-elected!), why shouldn't we strive for better!!!

      June 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  53. victor

    If Mr. Weiner ever runs for anything again, can you imagine the type of posters and graphic art that could be used by his opponent? Millions, maybe tens of millions, of people have seen Mr. Weiner's penis on the internet. Those pictures will never go away.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  54. Jonsie

    I'm sure he could be elected again in New York. No surprise in that announcement. New York and California, birds of a feather! Anything goes!!

    June 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • Rk

      Yeah because lying about things you've done sexually in your personal life is what really matters in a politician right? Who cares if he's been a great congressmen beloved by his constituents, he lied about his sexual life and we just can't stand for that in this country. We'd rather have a moron as a politician vs. someone who does weird stuff in his/her personal life and then lies about it. Its shameful that what he's done in his elected job is not more important that this personal garbage. He can have sex with anyone and anything he likes, but as long he does his job that's all that I care about and all that's important. We need to grow up

      June 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
      • Mike

        You're just kiddding, right?

        June 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
      • John

        Rep. Weiner's behavior put him in jeopardy of blackmail, coersion and possibly in a compromising position if any of his "contacts" threatened him, asked for favors, or wanted secure information as pay for silence. All of us, except you, can see that situation room.

        June 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
      • Doug

        Rk
        It is convenient to compartmentalize this, but it doesn't wash. If someone lies or cheats in their personal life, especially someone of this stature, then please don't ask me to assume everything that he does professionally is somehow insulated from that. Also, I don't think someone who exhibits such poor judgment should be a leader, do you?

        June 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
      • cornelia

        That's right, RK. It's amazing how we stigmatized a guy for engaging in stuff that 90% of men and women are doing. If WE are to be subjected to the same level of scrutiny this guy has been, how many of us will survive?

        June 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
      • jk672

        While his actions were reckless and in poor judgement none of us is without sin. We are always quick to pass judgement and condemn others but have we stop to examine our own shortcomings. The American society feeds on sex scandals, negativity and the demise of others yet fails to promote or focus on the real issues. Weiner is no different from many of us who are determine to take chances to satisfy our dark desires. Therefore, let he that is without sin cast the first stone. This man has a higer power to answer, not us who are sinners.

        June 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
      • Brian

        Well said, RK. The vast majority of these people are just conservative Republicans piling on an excuse to bash a liberal Democrat. I don't care how many naked pictures he's sent out. He's a great Senator and that's all that matters.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      "New York and California – anything goes!"

      By your logic, the mid-section of the US is into serial killing: Jeffrey Dahmer was born and raised in the Midwest, the "heartland" of America; Dennis Rader (the BTK Killer) was from Kansas.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  55. lee

    I hate that Rep. Weiner resigned. Americans need to grow up. Nudity is no big deal in Europe . I am disappointed the Democrats
    asked him to resign. I hope he will run for office again and do it soon Run Anthony Run

    June 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • jim

      Lee,

      What nudity have to do with it? The guy just got married recently and he is carrying on sexting with other women. If he can't be honest to his wife why would he be honest to his constituents?

      June 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
      • AL in West Palm

        Really Jim,

        So tell me what should Ensign do? He lied about sleeping with his staffer's wife. Then he gave the poor slob hush money, don't his constituent need an upstanding politician?

        June 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  56. Al

    As I watch CNN today, I would of thought something very tragic was taking place in Washington. But it is only over-blown coverage of Copngressman resigning from office. So what !!!! He was left with little or no choice in the matter. Most major news organizations, CNN included, have spent way too much time covering this story. What I and alot of others wouldn't give to see CNN and most other news organizations go after the people (and the story ) that have caused this great country so much harm in the past 8 or so years. So a Congressman is resigning not because he broke any law, but because he lied about texting pictures of himself to other women. So what !!! If lying was against the law and you had to resign because of it , there would be no one left in Washington. Damn shame it isn't.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • PapaKat

      But he did break the law when he began sexting with underage girls. Even though he may not of known so. He's another little hot head who got too big for his undersized britches. He got what he deserved. Truly, Obama will likely lose in 2012 and knows that defending this little schmuck would have certainly been his doom. Will he be electable ten years down the road? Probably. But only in New York. Just like Al Sharpton could only get elected in New York. Just like Rendel could only get elected in New York.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
      • The Real Tom Paine

        Al Sharpton has never been elected to an office, and Rendel is from Pennsylvania. Please get your facts straight before shooting off your mouth.

        June 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
      • PapaKat

        I stand corrected – I meant Rangel, not Rendel. Sorry

        June 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
      • SAMMY

        Sharpton isn't electable. He's a goof still looking for reparations

        June 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
      • Jean Sartre

        IF you are going to comment here, you might just want to get the facts correct: Mr. Weiner did NOT do any SEXTING to teenage girls or boys, for that matter...

        June 16, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • jk672

      Well said. None of them in the White House is an angel yet they are quick to judge. The media is a disgrace, a plague and distructive weapon of this nation. Greed, fame and ratings and not the issues that matter. They too will fall on their own sword one day. "Breaking News" these journalists are pathic-do they have family?

      June 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
      • jean2009

        I agree...24/7 harping on the topic of the day.

        June 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  57. bsitz

    Why not? The American public has shown that they will re-elect politicians that have lied straight to their face. I mean they've re-elected politicians that have been proven guilty of ethics violations.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  58. ANTHONY WEINER IS THE MAN

    Today republicans are jumping with joy because the Democrat attack dog has resigned. However, when majority of your constituents are against you resigning, that shows that there is hope. Rep. Weiner will be back. Enjoy it while it last you fascists!

    June 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • PapaKat

      So the GOP are the Fascists? you are typical. Isn't it you leftists who started the "Fairness Doctrine" to stifle free speech in America. You are the ones who support government censorship!! You are the ones who lie most profusely to the public (like Weiner – like Obama). Take the Obamacare bill – done behind closed doors while bribing public officials!! Fascists? The GOP? You don't know the meaning of the word and it applies directly to YOU!!!!

      June 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm |

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