Rep. Weiner confesses 'terrible mistakes.' Did he save his career?
After a week of dodging questions, Rep. Weiner says he sent a lewd photo of himself and lied about it. Nancy Pelosi calls for a federal investigation. Will voters forgive him?
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Rona Greene, a resident of Forest Hills, says the fact that Weiner lied “is unforgivable.” If he would lie about this, she asks, “why wouldn’t he lie in the future.”
However, Ms. Greene stops short of calling for him to resign since she says there would be no one to take over.
Some veteran political observers said they do not think the revelations would necessarily destroy Weiner’s political future. He is up for reelection next year.
Questions about Weiner’s actions, however, might kill his chances to run for mayor of New York. Weiner, who ran for mayor in 2005 (he lost in the primary) has said he wants to run New York City.
If Weiner stays in Congress, it’s not clear how effective he will be. In the past, he was “an aggressive, articulate spokesman for the Democratic left,” says Professor Muzzio. However, he adds, many members of Congress may have a difficult time working with him right now. “Clearly his influence over the short run becomes nil,” he says. “If you are a Democrat, you run away from Anthony Weiner.”
At his press conference, Weiner indicated he wants to work hard to regain the trust of the voters. However his first priority, he indicated, was to patch things up with his wife, Huma Abedin, who works for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
After he revealed to her what he had done, he said she was “very unhappy” but not interested in splitting up.
Monitor intern Patrick Wall contributed to this story.