Weiner watch: Dems shift to denial as porn star tells media Weiner should resign

posted at 1:25 pm on June 15, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Will he or won’t he?  Anthony Weiner has held out for more than ten days after his confessional press conference and another five days since acknowledging his private interactions with a high-school junior without resigning his office.  As his wife returns from her overseas trip with Hillary Clinton, Democrats hope that Huma Abedin will bring the embarrassment to a swift close:

Rep. Anthony Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, returned to Washington early Wednesday from a trip abroad, setting off a new round of speculation that the New York Democrat’s resignation could come soon.

Friends of Weiner have said he would not make a decision on whether to quit until he had a chance to talk to Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who returned to the United States from a trip to Africa with Clinton that began early last week.

Weiner and Abedin are expected to meet on Wednesday, and she was spotted driving into the garage alone at their northwest D.C. apartment building in the early morning hours. She has not yet been seen leaving the building.

Abedin, who is 35 and in early months of pregnancy, is said to have urged her husband last week to fight to keep his job. But, while she was away, pressure on Weiner got more intense, with top House Democrats calling for him to resign.

National Journal reported yesterday that Democrats are holding their breath, which is one reason why they delayed a decision on Weiner’s committee assignments:

House Democrats emerged from a closed-door meeting on Tuesday saying they wanted Rep.Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., to resign, but they conceded that their best strategy for getting to that point is hoping that Weiner’s wife will persuade him to go. …

When Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., was asked in a news conference if the caucus had decided to take action against Weiner for his lurid online activities—such as stripping him of his committees—he said, “there’s been no decision on that.”

Other lawmakers echoed that there was no such decision made at the meeting.

But a senior Democratic aide said there was much anticipation expressed by members—if not desperation—that Weiner might be talked into resigning by his wife, Huma Abedin, later this week.

The Hill reports that Democrats have decided on a new strategy on the scandal, which is to pretend as if it doesn’t exist, at least for now.  In their desperation to move off of the story, they seem to be contradicting their own public statements on the economy:

The Democrats are hoping to shift public attention away from Weiner’s dubious celebrity for fear that his personal crisis could become the party’s political handicap. …

Most Democrats have declined to comment on the scandal — a trend that continued Tuesday — while others sought to shift the national discussion back to more substantial issues like healthcare and unemployment.

“We’re discussing the economy and other issues,” Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) said tersely as she left the caucus meeting.

“Oil prices are being manipulated, in order to be higher. That’s what this caucus was about,” said an equally concise Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). “The rest I’m not commenting on.”

Some Democrats scolded the Fourth Estate for showering so much attention on the tawdry Weiner episode even as millions of people remain unemployed and the economy continues to limp.

Excuse me, but aren’t these the same Democrats who are insisting that we’ve had an “economic turnaround“?  The contradictions here are priceless.

Also, it’s a little hard to ignore the scandal when Gloria Allred is holding press conferences on behalf of a porn star who wants to discuss dozens of messages from Weiner.  The big news from the presser was that Ginger Lee alleges that Weiner asked her to lie, and often talked about his “package” in his e-mails.  The result?  The porn star no longer has much confidence in him and he should resign:

Ginger Lee, flanked by her celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, told a news conference in New York, that Weiner “asked me to lie” about their interchanges which included about 100 emails as well as messages over Twitter.

Lee, a stripper, said her relationship began with the Democratic lawmaker from New York over political issues such as a woman’s right to choose abortion, and health care, but that Weiner kept trying to turn the conversation sexual.

She said she never reciprocated his lewd messages, which were often about “his package.”

“I think that Anthony Weiner should resign because he lied. He lied to the public and the press for more than a week,” she said. “If he lied about this, I can’t have much faith in him about anything else.”

Gloria Allred?  Yeah, that strategy of ignoring the story is totally going to work now.

Meanwhile, the National Enquirer added another set of pictures to the growing pile, but these are hardly an issue.  Apparently, Weiner posed for “cross dressing pictures” as part of annual Christmas pranks at Plattsburgh State College.  I hate to break this to the Enquirer, but that’s not exactly an unknown phenomenon in college.  The Hasty Pudding Club at Harvard routinely has men dressing in drag for its well-known theatrical presentations.  Even outside of college, cross-dressing for humor is a long tradition in comedy; Eddie Izzard started his career with it.  Cutting loose in college is hardly the problem with Weiner’s behavior, but it seems that one or more of his friends from that time period has found a way to cash in on the scandal.  Memo to college students: pick your friends carefully, at least if you plan to have a public career later.

Will Weiner resign?  If he does, it will be soon.  If his wife returns and he sticks around, though, Democrats may wind up revisiting the committee assignments as another way to pressure him into leaving.  Clearly they wanted to hold that in reserve — mainly because it’s their last play until an ethics investigation produces an actionable report, which could take months.  If he hasn’t resigned by Monday, Democrats have to decide whether to live with him or to escalate matters yet again.

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Some Democrats scolded the Fourth Estate for showering so much attention on the tawdry Weiner episode even as millions of people remain unemployed and the economy continues to limp.

i’m sorry, you had no problem when the spotlight was on a gop….deal with it…

cmsinaz on June 15, 2011 at 1:28 PM

This is just a distraction from the real news of the day that we should be concerned about which is whether Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is the daughter of Joy Behar.

Pleeeease people let’s focus.

PappyD61 on June 15, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Could we please get this guy bounced from Congress, so I don’t have to look at his creepy face anymore?

JannyMae on June 15, 2011 at 1:30 PM

The Republicans should be praying this perv stays. They have to make him the face of the Dems. I know its much earlier in the season than the Foley scandal, so its gonna lose impact, but sleaze is sleaze.

Iblis on June 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Thank goodness for the
Natural Born Citizen Clause…
No POTUS Huma

Since Hillary deserved the Presidency as a consolation prize, it is only reasonable that Huma should get the same deal. Too bad she wasn’t born in this country!

Haiku Guy on June 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Apparently, Weiner posed for “cross dressing pictures” as part of annual Christmas pranks at Plattsburgh State College.

Sounds vaguely familiar….reminds me of someone from Delaware.

BobMbx on June 15, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Some Democrats scolded the Fourth Estate for showering so much attention on the tawdry Weiner episode even as millions of people remain unemployed and the economy continues to limp.

All this new scolding after the scolding they gave the Fourth Estate last week when the showered so much attention on Palin’s emails even as millions of people remain unemployed and the economy continues to limp; their voices must be hoarse.

Bishop on June 15, 2011 at 1:32 PM

As his wife returns from her overseas trip with Hillary Clinton, Democrats hope that Huma Abedin will bring the embarrassment to a swift close:

The most anticipated arrival since Bill Clinton dispatched the Apache Helicopters to Bosnia!

Haiku Guy on June 15, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Dems say that the economy is limping?

excellent tagline Ed :)

cmsinaz on June 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Even outside of college, cross-dressing for humor is a long tradition in comedy; Eddie Izzard started his career with it.

And a certain former New York City mayor did it as well.

Doughboy on June 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM

The fact that this guy is insisting that he has to be across from his wife to make a decision is his continued attempt to control a situation that is clearly out of control.

I guess his phone is just for taking pictures of himself touching his special purpose.

Hening on June 15, 2011 at 1:35 PM

I’ve now lost all the respect I had for Ginger Lee and her acting skills, she having now hired the celebrity slut lawyer Allred.

TXUS on June 15, 2011 at 1:35 PM

When a stripper is able to seize the moral high ground you know you are in trouble.

What a silly, silly little perv he is.

DeweyWins on June 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Who exactly in the democratic party supports Weiner staying in office besides Weiner?

Anybody know?

booter on June 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM

pressure on Weiner got more intense

Sounds painful.

Aviator on June 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Also, it’s a little hard to ignore the scandal when Gloria Allred is holding press conferences on behalf of a porn star…

Gloria. Great. This circus needed another clown anyway.

Chicost84 on June 15, 2011 at 1:38 PM

When a stripper is able to seize the moral high ground you know you are in trouble.

What a silly, silly little perv he is.

DeweyWins on June 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Spot on!

Haiku Guy on June 15, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Sounds like that Weiner is shrinking…..

search4truth on June 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Democrats may wind up revisiting the committee assignments as another way to pressure him into leaving.

Let me see. He does not want to leave because he has no other way to make a living. If he gets tossed from his committee assignments he has even less work to do for his paycheck. Sweet.

Aviator on June 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Boehner ought to take Weiner off of his committee assignments, he’s a clear security risk. Then see how much the Democrats want to keep him in his seat in the House when he can’t bring home the bacon to pay off his voters.

Socratease on June 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

The blatant hypocrisy being displayed by the Democrats and the MSM throughout this whole Weiner debacle has gotten to the place where to call the thing ridiculous is just skimming the top of the iceberg!

How can anyone with 1/3rd of a brain trust either group after this sordid mess is over with?

pilamaye on June 15, 2011 at 1:41 PM

He’s not going to resign.

The only instance in which he would is if his wife went on TV and said he should and that’s not going to happen.

He got his ‘leave of absence’ for ‘rehab’. Rehab for what, no one knows. He’s doing that to try to get the story off the radar for a bit hoping people will forget about it and that it will diminish in coverage.

He’ll come back, act all nicey-nice and say what he was saying before he finally admitted being a creep – we’ve got work to do, let me get back to work, etc.

I’ll be damned surprised if he actually does resign. I don’t think he’ll do it.

catmman on June 15, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Eddie Izzard, Ed? How many Americans have even heard of the unfunny, pompous Limey scrote?

Fortunata on June 15, 2011 at 1:42 PM

I wonder….does Huma tell Wiener how to vote, too?

“Huma…can I have another cookie?”

“No! Just wait till I get home”.

Is Wiener a conduit for the liberal “insider” agenda from the House to the Clintons, through Huma?

BobMbx on June 15, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Thank goodness for the
Natural Born Citizen Clause…
No POTUS Huma

Since Hillary deserved the Presidency as a consolation prize, it is only reasonable that Huma should get the same deal. Too bad she wasn’t born in this country!

Haiku Guy on June 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM

It’s too bad that Huma Mahmood Abedin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

meci on June 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM

“Oil prices are being manipulated, in order to be higher. That’s what this caucus was about,” said an equally concise Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).

Wow. The party that refuses to allow oil supplies to be increased whines about market manipulation.

Crawford on June 15, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Since Hillary deserved the Presidency as a consolation prize, it is only reasonable that Huma should get the same deal. Too bad she wasn’t born in this country!

Haiku Guy on June 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Since when was Kalamazoo, Michigan a foreign country?

mizflame98 on June 15, 2011 at 1:45 PM

It’s too bad that Huma Mahmood Abedin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

meci on June 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Nooooooooooooooooo!!!

Haiku Guy on June 15, 2011 at 1:47 PM

It seems to me that when you’re being lectured on your ethical failings by a porn star it’s time to really seriously consider what you’re doing with your life.

SteveMG on June 15, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Yeah, the demorats are about one step away from doing the “We rally around our colleague as he battles his addiction and gets back to work” schtick.

Weiner isn’t leaving, all this demorat caterwauling is just setting the stage for why he really really needs to stay; Weenie is just too damn important.

Bishop on June 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Evidently, he lied about his “package” as well.

matd on June 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Gloria Allred being against a very liberal politician? That must be painful for her.

Paul-Cincy on June 15, 2011 at 1:53 PM

If Huma really wants to make a statement here, she will insure that Weiner does indeed go into rehab……….right after he gets out of traction.

pilamaye on June 15, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Weiner watch

In whatever context one reads this statement…

Eeeewwww. )X

CantCureStupid on June 15, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Wow. The party that refuses to allow oil supplies to be increased whines about market manipulation.

Crawford on June 15, 2011 at 1:45 PM

I noticed that too.
All libs are nutty.

carbon_footprint on June 15, 2011 at 1:56 PM

The Hill reports that Democrats have decided on a new strategy on the scandal, which is to pretend as if it doesn’t exist, at least for now.

funny, that’s the same strategy they used regarding budget problems. How’s that workin’ out for ‘em.??

ted c on June 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Everyone knows that a porn star has higher moral standards than a Democrat in congress.

Hening on June 15, 2011 at 1:59 PM

with this many skeletons OUT of his closet, imagine how many are still in it. The chances that all of these relationships were limited to virtual is diminishing with each new revelation. I am sad for his wife.

NavyDavy on June 15, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Weiner isn’t leaving, all this demorat caterwauling is just setting the stage for why he really really needs to stay; Weenie is just too damn important.

Bishop on June 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

I don’t think so this time Bishop. He really is making them look bad. You can’t have the president make a comment that you should step down and still try to hang on.

hawkdriver on June 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Excuse me, but aren’t these the same Democrats who are insisting that we’ve had an “economic turnaround“? The contradictions here are priceless.

Why, now that you mention it, Ed, yes, these are the same Democrats that used that non-bump traversing, non-headwind facing Jeep Wrangler to reorient the economy right back to the 7-11 where we can gets more SLURPEE!

ted c on June 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Yeah, the demorats are about one step away from doing the “We rally around our colleague as he battles his addiction and gets back to work” schtick.

Weiner isn’t leaving, all this demorat caterwauling is just setting the stage for why he really really needs to stay; Weenie is just too damn important.

Bishop on June 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Too big to fail?

fossten on June 15, 2011 at 2:02 PM

I just heard Allred quoting flatly “You aren’t going to leave my package hanging” Weiner’s sophomoric comeons to the pr0n girl….

heh

ted c on June 15, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Who exactly in the democratic party supports Weiner staying in office besides Weiner?

Anybody know?

booter on June 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Well Bawney Fwank says he has no authority to judge Weiner

Does that count?

JannyMae on June 15, 2011 at 2:11 PM

If Allred and porn star say he should leave because he is a liar, I say PKB, ladies.

Blake on June 15, 2011 at 2:14 PM

The porn star no longer has much confidence in him and he should resign:

Political Headline of the Day
Porn star slams Weiner

ted c on June 15, 2011 at 2:20 PM

I’ve now lost all the respect I had for Ginger Lee and her acting skills, she having now hired the celebrity $lut lawyer Allred.

TXUS on June 15, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Hey, Gloria, show us on the doll of what Weiner sent a picture of to your client.

And get the Giants fan suing Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell to demonstrate the gesture McDowell made to them with the baseball bat again.

teke184 on June 15, 2011 at 2:23 PM

House Democrats emerged from a closed-door meeting on Tuesday saying they wanted Rep.Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., to resign, but they conceded that their best strategy for getting to that point is hoping that Weiner’s wife will persuade him to go.

Such bold leadership there, “hoping” that Weiner’s wife will make the decision for him.

UltimateBob on June 15, 2011 at 2:24 PM

“Will he or won’t he? Anthony Weiner has held out for more than ten days after his confessional press conference and another five days since acknowledging his private interactions with a high-school junior without resigning his office.”

Well, there you have it folks, a limp [sorry] economy, gas crisis, possible stagflation, rising food prices, and now The Chicago Jesus has his own Hostage Crisis: Anthony Weiner holds members of Congress and Obama’s administration hostage!

It’s the Carter years all over again.

Someone get Ted Koppel back on Nightline.

The War Planner on June 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM

If Allred and porn star say he should leave because he is a liar, I say PKB, ladies.

Blake on June 15, 2011 at 2:14 PM

To be fair, the pornstar is probably the only one in the whole bunch who is actually earning an honest living.

And she’s also the only one whose pay grade is tied to her level of performance.

UltimateBob on June 15, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Well Bawney Fwank says he has no authority to judge Weiner

JannyMae on June 15, 2011 at 2:11 PM

..Bawney’s been judging weiners all his life. Why should he stop now?

The War Planner on June 15, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Plattsburgh State (i.e., SUNY Plattsburgh)?
Well, that explains it. They’re all a bunch of raging drunks up there.

MikeHu on June 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM

And she’s also the only one whose pay grade is tied to her level of performance.

UltimateBob on June 15, 2011 at 2:27 PM

what a trio….. how many jokes can we pull out of this one?
A stripper, a lawyer, and a congressman walk into a bar—who gets the bill?

ted c on June 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM

It’s too bad that Huma Mahmood Abedin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

meci on June 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Nooooooooooooooooo!!!

Haiku Guy on June 15, 2011 at 1:47 PM

But didn’t her family then move to Saudi Arabia soon after her birth? I heard that is where she was actually raised as a sprout.

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2011 at 2:33 PM

such as stripping him of his committees

Heh heh. Heh heh.

They said “strip”.

Heh heh. Heh heh.

nukemhill on June 15, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Well, that’s it then!

When you have lost the faith of a client of Gloria Allred, then you have lost America, son.

Mr. Weiner, it is well past time for you to do the right thing.

Please remove your package from the bowels of Congress.

Really Right on June 15, 2011 at 2:33 PM

It seems to me that when you’re being lectured on your ethical failings by a porn star it’s time to really seriously consider what you’re doing with your life.

SteveMG on June 15, 2011 at 1:47 PM

And when the Clintons [which I presume includes Bill) are disappointed in your moral conduct, then it it really, really time to reevaluate your life.

mwbri on June 15, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Democrats have decided on a new strategy on the scandal, which is to pretend as if it doesn’t exist, at least for now.

Wow! Just like pretending that the economy doesn’t have problems. Must be taking a leaf from Barry’s leadership. If there’s a problem, ignore it.

GarandFan on June 15, 2011 at 2:36 PM

I wonder how many times DWS has to say “economic turnaround” in order to shout down a Gloria Allred press conference with a S-T-R-I-P-P-E-R?

ted c on June 15, 2011 at 2:36 PM

“The porn star no longer has much confidence in him and he should resign…”

Limp Weiner…

Seven Percent Solution on June 15, 2011 at 2:37 PM

The only thing Weiner did wrong was he got caught. — pick a troll

If he does quit, I’d immediately start banging the drum to get the Dems to move on Maxine Waters. They’re stalling that ethics investigation. “Perversity has to go, but corruption’s just fine with us.”

either orr on June 15, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Who exactly in the democratic party supports Weiner staying in office besides Weiner?

Anybody know?

booter on June 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Shumer

BacaDog on June 15, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Yes, that’s right. A film prostitute is giving Weiner a lesson in morality

He’s a liar, she’s say, and should resign

LeeSeneca on June 15, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Could we please get this guy bounced from Congress, so I don’t have to look at his creepy face anymore?

JannyMae on June 15, 2011 at 1:30 PM

And so that every thing we say about him doesn’t sound like some lewd joke. Don’t feel bad, Anthony, keep your head up.

D’Oh! See what I mean?

MJBrutus on June 15, 2011 at 3:35 PM

When he was growing up, poor little Anthony must have had to endure thousands of wiener jokes. Now are you happy, you heartless kids?

Sowell Disciple on June 15, 2011 at 4:44 PM

It’s too bad that Huma Mahmood Abedin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
meci on June 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Sounds ferion to me!
Seriously, when I was in my Navy “A” school background checks for security clearance were being done.
On day the NIS marched in grab one of the students and that was the last we saw of him for a few weeks.
Why? He listed his place of birth as Lebanon ……………………………..Ohio!

DSchoen on June 15, 2011 at 7:07 PM

As long as Charlie Rangel has a job, so should Weiner. Really, I can’t stand the guy, he’s a histrionic little jackass, but Charlie Rangel spent years writing and evading our tax laws, and got away with a slap on the wrist. Congressman Crotch-Tweet doesn’t even come close to Rangel’s offenses.

Also, it’s better for the GOP for him to stay in office because he’s effectively muzzled. Why replace him with a Dem who will be more effective?

Laura Curtis on June 15, 2011 at 7:56 PM

The economy may be limp, but the Dems are totally erect.

Anon Y. Mous on June 15, 2011 at 7:58 PM

I wonder…

If a Republican congresscritter does something morally questionable, do we wait to hear from his wife on whether he should fight to remain in office?

Zallumsain…

And just as an aside, to all those saying it’s better for the GOP if Wiener stays in office, shame on you. It’s bad for the nation to maintain an immoral jerk as a leader, and hoping he stays for partisan-based benefit is NOT in the best interest of the nation. That said, shame on his constituency even more, for continuing to support this filth.

Freelancer on June 15, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Freelancer on June 15, 2011 at 8:28 PM

If a GOP congresscritter does something morally questionable, the media hounds him out of office immediately. I’m heartily tired of the double standard, and I’m not going to cooperate in it ever again. I will vote my conscience in my own district, and so should everyone else. If Weiner’s constituents want to keep him on, so be it.

Again, so long as Charlie Rangel has a job, Congress has no moral standing anyway. It’s ridiculous how people treat sexual offenses worse than theft.

Laura Curtis on June 15, 2011 at 8:36 PM