In a press conference Monday, Representative Anthony Weiner admitted wrongdoing in the release of a lewd image from his twitter account and in his statements to the press after the image went public.
He admitted to sending the image, that the story of his twitter account being hacked was not truthful, that he concocted the story out of embarrassment over the incident, and that this was not the only embarrassing and inappropriate interaction he has had with young women online. He admitted to exchanges with women via the internet, including the sending of photographs, both prior to and since his marriage to Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
He insists he did nothing that violated House rules or his oath of office, and has no intention of stepping down. Representative Anthony Weiner is one of our favorite members of Congress. We were shocked to hear this story at its outset, did not want to believe it was true, and wish him and his family well.
Watching the press conference, though we were clearly disappointed in how Representative Weiner has handled the situation over the past week, our thoughts kept firing the highlight reels of our favorite Anthony Weiner moments.
These reminders of the congressman’s contribution to our political discourse put us at odds with nearly every “political expert” on the teevee. Every single pundit we’ve seen thus far is calling for Rep. Weiner’s resignation and explaining how Democratic leadership is sure to demand he step down for the good of the party and the dems chances of taking back the House in 2012.
We don’t know what the future holds or what the party leadership will call for… but we sure would hate to see a hard-nosed, take-no-prisoners, fight-for-what’s-right progressive like Anthony Weiner leave the House to be replaced by someone “less controversial”.
What are your thoughts on this developing story?