District Voters Don’t Sugarcoat It: They Want Weiner Out

CBS 2's Unscientific Poll Reveals Embattled Congressman Not Welcome

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Congressman Anthony Weiner’s district encompasses a huge part of Brooklyn and Queens. Several of the city’s iconic neighborhoods are inside his district.

CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman went to each borough on Tuesday and found voters are not happy about the “Weiner-gate” scandal.

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“He should go, absolutely. Absolutely. He don’t belong in public office,” one woman from Woodhaven said.

Over in Howard Beach, Brooklyn, Gail Gisehaltz said, “We all believed in him. And if a man can lie to his wife — he can lie to the political public also.”

In Sheepshead Bay it was more of the same.

“For a smart guy, he acted very stupidly. Morally: just immoral. And politically, because, once they found out — how could he hide it?” Albert Berkowitz said.

Then there was one man in Rego Park.

“He should go! He should definitely go! There’s now way! I mean, he’s a public figure; he’s not a private figure,” Art Dolega said.

As a barometer of Weiner’s political stock, such reaction was not good. Over in Forest Hills, the opinions were no better.

“I don’t think they should give him a chance. He should resign. And make himself look, a little better,” Peter Igartua said. “I think he should go ’cause it’s bad what he did.

In Howard Beach, they got right to the point.

“My opinion is, he’s a man who we used to trust. I no longer trust him,” Barbara Shultz said.

Guzman actually went to two Brooklyn and two Queens neighborhoods in Weiner’s district. It wasn’t a scientific survey, but he found that in three of the four neighborhoods — Howard Beach, Sheepshead Bay, and Woodhaven — they want him out. In Rego Park, though, opinion was tilted more his way.

“He’s still a good congressman. I always had good feelings about him,” said Eva Rothman, who added when asked if she’d vote for Weiner again, “Yeah I would. Maybe not for mayor.”

Despite all this, a poll released Tuesday found that about half of New York City voters think Weiner should hang onto his congressional seat. But most say they want him to stay out of the race to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2013.

The Marist Poll found 51 percent said Weiner should remain in Congress, while 30 percent said he should step down, and 18 percent said they weren’t sure. But 56 percent said Weiner should not run for mayor, while 25 percent said he should. Nineteen percent said they were unsure.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Philip Scharfy

    When you lie to people you treat them like FOOLS. Its amazing how many sheeple here know something about themselves that the rest of us just suspect.

  • David

    He’s a politician. Politicians lie. That’s how they get elected [duhhhh!]. Based on the current information available, this dumba** is guilty only of poor judgement. If he was ‘sexting’ via his own personal, private phone/computer on his personal time, then it’s NONE OF ANYONE’S BUSINESS!! It’s a PERSONAL matter between him & his wife. This has NOTHING to do with his professional life. The colleagues of Mr. Weiner that are calling for an ethics investigation because of this, should look VERY carefully at what’s in their own closets. What’s good for one, is good for all.

  • ron

    His crediablity and honesty has been seriously tainted. Certainly for public office he is done

  • Dale Auburn

    When Bush lied about WMD’s, people cheered, applauded, and re-elected him for it. Now Weiner lies and people want him out. Why the double-standard?

    • KansasGirl

      Bush did not lie about WMD’s. Now matter how many time you say it, it does not make it so. If. You are a perfect lib voter, and deserve Weiner.

      • iggy

        do they grow brain dead in kansas? there were no WMDs found in all the years we are there. bush lied. 6000 americans are dead for nothing. no matter how many tomes you say there were weapons, there weren’t. you are a lemming nazi-republican voter and don’t deserve the right to vote.

  • Gregory

    Mr. Weiner needs psychological help for his own sake, his marriage and his family. He may be able to reoupe his career and / or start a new career. Refer to President Clinton who acted as a secondary, charismatic psychopath but has managed to reshape his political involvement.

  • flea

    politicians….This is the reason why the last time i voted was for was Jimmy Carter in 1980…At least he only lusted in his heart.

  • nathan

    Half the married men in Amercia would do the same thing given the chance, The “holier than thou” is appalling. And yes this is me, nathan.

    • Bernie Sanders

      i agree who made them GOD ! Please hes a man just like every other man … it’s ok to put girls with big boobs on calendars and car posters please get over it … i hope he stays in office ~

  • djs775

    This guy has the common sense of a squirrel trying to cross a six lane highway. Did he really think this behavior would not become public knowledge. A moron arrogantly representing thousands of people to his own benefit. A squirrel.

  • pughpah

    did he and spitzer go to the same school.

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