Rep. Weiner Pleads With Supporters To Stay By His Side

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Congressman Anthony Weiner is fighting for his political future.  Republicans have begun calling for his resignation and members of his own party were distancing themselves from the disgraced politician, Jay Dow reports.

As Rep. Weiner’s sexting scandal deepens, there are growing calls this morning for him to step down, but he’s digging in his heels.

“I am deeply regretting what I have done, and I am not resigning. I have made it clear that I accept responsibility for this, and people who draw conclusions about me are free to do so,” he said.

Behind that firm stance, Weiner is quietly conducting an apology campaign, calling stunned supporters and begging them to stand by his side.

The married, 46-year-old Democrat lawmaker known for his outspoken demeanor, and lone wolf approach, now has few friends.

“I know Congressman Weiner. I wish there was some way I could defend him, but I can’t,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

PHOTOS: Weiner Admits Sending Lewd Pictures (Warning: Some Graphic)

The House ethics probe could be devastating for Weiner. Sources familiar with the committee’s process tell CBS 2 that members will likely try to determine whether Wiener used public resources during sexting with at least six women.

Those women, including 40-year-old Las Vegas blackjack dealer Lisa Weiss and Meagan Brussard, 26-year-old single mother from Texas, will likely be questioned, and the racy photos they exchanged closely examined.

A new poll shows about half, 51-percent of the 379 New York City registered voters who were questioned do not want Weiner to resign, but a majority, 56-percent say Weiner should not run to succeed Mayor Bloomberg.

“They will have an opportunity to express themselves in one year and four months from now,” Bloomberg said.

Do you think Congressman Weiner should resign? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • Jimmy DaHand

    I believe he should resign, he is still a young man. He should leave public office and spend time in counseling with his wife give himself a chance to save his marriage and get help with this need to live life on the edge. He can ask forgiveness to deal with those who feel betrayed and take time to rehab his marriage and his need for risky behavior. He didn’t fall out of love with his wife, the sexting with the woman in Las Vegas started just over a month after his wedding, remember he didn’t know these women. He needs help, that’s not going to happen if he stays in office.

  • E-

    I think he should ride it out. A lot of people thought Spitzer threw in the towel too soon after his scandal. That one involved prostitution and actual law breaking. This scandal is tame by comparison. The news media will be on to the next scandal in a matter of days or at worst, weeks. The public has a short memory. By election day 2012 this will be ancient history, and Weiner’s constituency will have long forgiven the false denials of a very embarrassing (but ultimately meaningless) episode.

  • John A.

    Congressman Weiner needs to be honest with himself,his wife,and his constituency.Can he really continue to represent the voters of Brooklyn and queens after this nonsense that he pulled? He should have admitted to this right from the beginning.When you lie,things are only made much worse.How can we,the voters trust this guy?

  • J

    Check out his new C_CK Stud photo. Dummycrats!

  • Linda

    He is a liar and a cheat. Have no clue why this very beautiful and intelligent woman would stay with him. Once a CHEAT AND LIAR, ALWAYS A CHEAT AND LIAR.. How would anyone ever know when this man is telling the truth and when he is not!!! Get rid of him.

    • Nrichard

      OMG – If the media and the public spent more time worrying about what these people do for them in office rather than who they are doing, we might actually get something accomplished in politics. How about we start demanding more actual NEWS about what is going on in our cities, states, country and world – funny, I have heard about this nonsense contiually for over a week and nothing about what is actually going on regarding the raping of the public via oil prices, banks refusing to lend even though they have received millions, the price of food quietly sky rocketing…..but no, please tell me more about Weiner, Snooki, and that idiot Palin. The dumbing down of this country is absolutely insane, but it’s no one’s fault but Joe Q. Public for tolerating the nonsensical reporting and not demanding real information about real issues. Maybe we should start a new reality show that digs into the private lives of the reporters – perhaps if that started happening, we would get back to a time where the news reports were actually news worthy!

    • JB N

      No kidding. What part of “LIAR” don’t people understand? They’re happy with a LIAR as their congressman? Are liberals really that deluded? Well, we know that they are, but seriously. What would it take for them to say “enough”? Goes to show how blinded some people are by their lockstep politics.

  • Amber

    I believe it is a public issue, it’s not just his personal life and he should leave office. Why?
    First because he did many of these things while in his office. Now if it’s you, a private person doing this or some entertainer that’s one thing; maybe we lose our jobs or lose fans. But there’s one big difference; I’m not the one paying you to do your job and I don’t have to watch your movie or buy your CD. Weiner I am paying; as long as he’s sitting in that office he’ supposed to be representing me and working for me and it’s my tax dollars (and yours) that support that. Fool around on your own time but don’t waste my money
    Second: Many ask why are we reporting on this when we have economy, war and job problems. Back to reason number one; he’s fooling around on government time, my time and your time. Time he could be spending fixing these problems. Again he’s wasting my tax dollars
    Last: He lied. If he had admitted right away he did this and he was wrong and sorry I might be more forgiving. Instead he spend weeks denying when he knew it was a lie. There’s a trust issue here; if you’re not willing to admit your mistakes and move on what else are you lying about and how willing will you be to lie in the future. The trust is gone, you can’t look at anything he says the same way again.
    All of this prevents me from looking past this as a simple mistake or an “everone does it” issue we can brush off.

  • bushman

    chop off his weiner and serve it as a hot dog to a dog

  • Robert J Senn

    its not ok to twiddle showing your mr wiener but its ok to steal with mr rangle great country thank you obama


    but you do know that it’s just you and me now…………and to tell you the truth by tomorrow it won’t be me either….just go now.

  • Laz

    The sexting isn’t the worse part, it’s relatively benign, really, it’s the intentionally lying to the public, which he did repeatedly. He cannot be trusted henceforth. Anything he says is suspect. He has lost the public’s trust and should resign immediately. He is not fit for the privilege of serving the public in such an important role.

    • Michael H.

      This! A thousand times this! He betrayed the trust of his constituents. I don’t give a rats behind what he does on his own time, but to lie about it repeatedly to the people that entrusted this job to him? That is unacceptable.

  • MikeNYC

    No, he shouldn’t resign over such nonsense. Maybe he shows a lack of good judgement in this issue but it’s hardly a big deal. If he’s a good congressman he should stay and do his job. If he’s a bad congressman, let the voters replace him in the next election. Isn’t that how this country works?

  • Tom Fien

    If he resigns…..what’s he gonna do? work for CNN? Hey, thats not a bad idea.

  • nyc

    We hold our polititions to a higher standard , which should be ! When you are dumb enough to break those standards, you should be penalized. You are in the game and you know it ! Weiner must resign.

  • phil

    If every senator and or congressman, judge or governor, resigned for lying and or ethics violations, we would not have enough people to run our government. With that said, yes he should resign. I think he should resign right after Charlie resigns.

    • Frank D


      Well put. I might add that Presidents should resign when getting intern BJ’s in the White House.

  • Brian Mitchell

    It is pathetic that this person is a representative of The United States Government; is this the type of person that we want to represent the people of our country? Where is his sense of morality, or better yet, where is his common sense? Private industry, law enforcement agencies, and school systems have zero tolerence policies; why not The United States Government.

  • brian jordan

    R. Weiner, you intentionally lied to your constiuents and to the public. You are no longer trustworthy and you need professional help. For the sake of the common good, please resign immediately!

  • Kevin Feeney

    The fact of the matter is he lied for ten days. What else has he lied about? He cannot be trusted. He should resign now. He will then be able to have his own cable news show like our former governor Spitzer! What a hypocrite!

    • Rick

      I was channel hoping last night and found myself on CNN where for a brief moment watching Spitzer address the Weiner story. What a farce!

    • MikeNYC

      I’m more concerned about a president of the US lying about weapons of mass destruction then sexting. Let’s put things in perspective here.

      • Jimmy DaHand

        Being wrong about WMD is not the same thing as lying. At least every country in NATO believed that Iraq had WMD. If you believe President Bush should have handled things differently once the lack of WMD was established then complain about that. He believed as did almost everyone else that Iraq had WMD, many people didn’t think we should have gone to Iraq, but that is a different argument.

  • nathan

    Oh please – he didn’t do anything half the married men in America aren’t doing. Get a clue. Save me you “holier than thous”

    • Jimmy DaHand

      I don’t believe that for a second. There is no doubt that some men cheat, but to be in the public office that he is and to send photos like that to people who he doesn’t even know with the threat of what would happen if those photos got out is beyond poor judgement.

  • Mark

    He had an inflated sense of “self worth” which is why he did all of this in the first place. If you look around NYC, in many forms, this inflated Self worth syndrome as I just termed it, is an epidemic. So based on that, I don’t think he should resign. And if so, I think all the bankers, lawyers, police and CEO’s of private companies should all resign as well because they are all flat out liars as well with a sense of self worth that I am sure is prone to much worse case scenarios than this man now faces. Don’t resign. Don’t you dare resign.

  • jen

    lots of them who are talkinhg should stpo and think first

  • M

    It is not a matter of should he resign or not, he should be impeached. His performance is less than acceptable as a political representative. He should realize that his future in politics in now gone. I hope it was worth it.

  • Rick

    I’m in your district and I think you should resign immediately. And no I would not vote for you for dog catcher as they saying goes yet alone mayor. As far as the question posed in this story is texting cheating. You would have to ask Weiner’s wife for the answer!

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