With Wife Huma Abedin In Abu Dhabi, Embattled Rep. Weiner Tries To Keep His Job

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The shocking revelations in his Twitter sex scandal keep coming and so do calls for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign.

Weiner’s prospects for political survival dimmed precipitously on Wednesday with the appearance on the Internet of an X-rated photo said to be of the congressman. The revelation came as news spread from several officials who said that Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, was pregnant.

“I betrayed a lot of people and I know it, and I’m trying to get back to work now,” Weiner said in an interview with the New York Post.

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The congressman spoke after a lengthy session with his lawyers at Rockefeller Center, presumably trying to develop a strategy to keep his job, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

For a man who initially tried to lie his way of out the mess, the questions Thursday concerned whether there were any more lewd pictures that might surface. The answer was not exactly responsive.

“I’ve exchanged inappropriate things with people, and I think that now I’ve got to deal with those consequences,” Weiner told the Post.

One of those consequences is trying to patch things up with his wife, who was half a world away in Abu Dhabi on a trip with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Abedin, the longtime aide to Secretary Clinton, is 10 weeks pregnant with the couple’s first child, and she has remained silent about the controversy surrounding her husband. Weiner’s marriage, and Abedin’s pregnancy, were two things the embattled congressman did not want to discuss Thursday.

The latest developments in the “Weinergate” sexting scandal also have Democrats taking evasive action. There are a half-dozen Democratic House members who are now joining Republicans, calling for Rep. Weiner’s resignation.

“In light of Anthony Weiner’s offensive behavior online, he should resign,” Pennsylvania Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a member of the party campaign committee’s leadership, said in a statement that was quickly followed by similar expressions from other Democrats.

The concern is the potential for a full-blown political crisis for the entire Democratic party, which hopes to retake the House next year.

“He has to talk to people in his district,” said Jay Jacobs, NY State Democratic Chairman. “He has to see whether his chances of remaining a congressman are viable.”

A new poll suggests that voters in Weiner’s 9th Congressional District are still in his corner.

Fifty-six percent of registered voters in the district did not think the embattled congressman should resign, while 33 percent said he should.

However, there’s still concern about how effective Weiner will be after the alleged self-portrait of his privates became public.

Forty-eight percent of voters said they think Weiner can still work effectively for them, while 43 percent said he will not be effective in the future.

One lawmaker, who spoke to him on Wednesday, said Weiner indicated he still hoped to ride out the furor and remain in Congress. That lawmaker spoke on condition of anonymity, saying it was a private conversation.

But the appearance of a photo of a man’s genitals added yet another aspect to what appears to be a sex scandal without actual sex in the age of social media. According to conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, Weiner sent the picture of himself to one of the women with whom he corresponded online.

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The photo made its way to the website Gawker by a circuitous route, after Breitbart showed it to the hosts of Sirius XM radio’s “Opie and Anthony Show.”

One of the women whom Weiner sexted, Lisa Weiss, a 40-year-old blackjack dealer from Las Vegas, said the online relationship started as flirtations, and he escalated the graphic comments.

“Yes. I was very shocked at the beginning. … I would want to talk politics,” she said in an interview on Inside Edition. “But he would turn it creepy.”

By day’s end Wednesday, at least six House Democrats had called for Weiner to step down.

While declining to make any public comments since Monday, Weiner has been on something of an apology tour by telephone. He has contacted fellow House members and former President Bill Clinton, who officiated at the congressman’s wedding to Abedin nearly a year ago.

Meanwhile, Abedin is said to be determined to remain married to Weiner. Washington Post national political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson said friends of the 34-year-old Abedin said not to read too much into her absence from Weiner’s side.

“Her friends say this is obviously a bump in the road for her marriage,” Henderson told Kramer. “[But] she’s very committed to her husband, she loves her husband, and she wants to work it out.”

If Weiner doesn’t resign, there’s also the option that his congesssional seat could be eliminated.

The state is slated to lose two congressional seats during redistricting. It’s widely assumed each party would give up a seat and one would come from upstate and one from downstate.

“If he refuses to resign, what might wind up happening is they just eliminate his seat in redistricting,” said political consultant Joseph Mercurio.

Then Republicans would have to make a decision about upstate.

What’s next for Weiner? Will more pictures come out? Should he resign? Sound off below in our comments section…

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  • mzanony

    What is reprehensible to me about those “in judgment of Weiner” are people like Nancy Pelosi, who, 2 months before she even took her oath of office, was TELLING Americans IMPEACHMENT OF BUSHBABY WAS “OFF THE TABLE?!” yet dares point a finger at ANYONE considering her refusal to demand due recourse for our embroilment in an illegal war while Congress itself committed treason against the United States Constitution with passage of the patriot’s (PATOOHEY!) act?

    The other outrageously unqualified accuser is “the moral indignation” of the reichpugnican party. If Weiner had any competent PR staff, they would have scrambled to offer up to the press a “reminder montage” of pics of all the sex scandals of elected reichpugnicans over the past 10 years, including all the married TV tele-evangelists – – so as to place “poor judgment” in a much needed proper context of not only the “morality” of so-called “Christians” but the reichpugnican party’s own “judgment” to:

    destroy Medicare
    destroy health care and all social programs for all Americans
    destroy the rights of women in all aspects of life (both professional and personal)
    destroy “pesky parts” of the Constitution
    destroy our nation by continued support of war mongering
    destroy our nation by continued support of the patriot’s (PATOOHEY) act
    destroy our nation’s environment by letting corporations destroy our air, land and water
    destroy our school system for both primary and secondary educational opportunity
    destroy arts funding nationwide (both in schools and our national culture at large)
    destroy the poor and lower class American by forcing them to fund tax breaks for the rich
    destroy social security by privatizing it via the bankers (who so deserve our further trust)

    (and) Congress’s own failings to rein in abuse of due process by not only allowing federal judges to commit blatantly illegal acts, but the Supreme Court involving itself in the electoral process (OVER WHICH IT HAD NO LEGAL AUTHORITY WHATSOEVER) to ensure bushbaby’s illegal “election.”

    Weiner’s wiener should be the least of our worries as a nation – compared to ALL the above ATROCITIES THAT EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN is “exposed” to daily – – thanks to such abysmal behavioral examples exhibited by all these other elected representatives!

  • Weinerrules

    If his wife has a girl, they better not name her Ophelia,

  • Renee

    Gotta love the double standard of politics. Vitter was calling on prostitutes, yet this supposed ‘morally superior, family values’ Republican is not only still in office, he was re-elected. I am not condoning what Weiner did and he should have immediately owned up to what he did instead of trying to cover things up. In comparison though it was still sleazy BUT not as bad or as hypocritical as Vitter.

  • sammy622

    I cannot believe this self centered p o s has the audacity and the genitals to want to keep his job. What is this a joke.
    Does anyone in the USA really believe this? I do not care how ell he does his job, he obviously has other things on his mind. Why can’t he be FIRED like any other person would?
    B S

  • Richard

    Really have we sunk to such a low level that we find this sort of behavior acceptable from our elected officials? This guy needs to go NOW! In many employment contracts there is a moral terpitude clause, is it too much to expect that our elected officials be held to some moral standard. If they don’t toss him out for being a creep, they should toss him out for being STUPID. You can’t post pictures of your junk on the internet and expect it to remain private.

  • Ellen

    He made a big mistake by not coming clean in the first place. I now think the only way Weiner can get through this is if his wife stand by him and verbalize her forgiveness of Anthony’s bad actions. But I’m not holding my breath on that one.

  • tammy

    this has gotten so overrated mybe sex theripy would be good 4 him

  • Shlomo Farkas

    I agree with TKO. She looks dangerous. Steve, you’re a moron. Let’s stop the whining and be honest with ourselves. Would you get on an airplane with a cabin full of turban heads without fearing for your life?

  • Mike Rauch

    Huma is hot, too bad Quagmire got her pregnant (Yecch)!

  • Aaron

    I think he can survive this. And I hope he does. He made a mistake, but in the big picture of things it is relatively minor. No doubt he learned his lesson and many have learned from him. I also think his marriage will survive. His wife appears to me to be a real women. My mother had 10 children and I know a real women when I see one. They both will come out of this stronger and better than ever and the marriage will that much stronger too. You can say what you want and make yourselves fell better putting him down if you want. But in the end, they will make it.

    • IgnoranteElephante

      The guy sends pictures of his shlong to young girls, blames a hacker and a conspiracy for it, and demeans anyone who questions his unlikely story, and you have no problem with that.

      I don’t give a rat’s @$$ if his wife leaves him or if there marriage solidifies, but what he did by betraying our trust is unforgivable, as it would for any member of congress to do. That he is a slimy arrogant twit only makes it easier to cast him off into oblivion.

  • Clammy

    Check your Testes at the door, Weiner. Now that Pelosi is on the warpath, saying you are a “big problem”, it’s just a matter of time before your manhood is struck down for good. Your days are numbered.

  • Benn-O

    Earth to Huma: get out now, while you can. Ditch this loser and raise your baby with Hillary by your side. Maybe Bill Clinton will even change a diaper or two.

  • Steve

    I agree with everything you just said!

  • Steve

    You are a racist. Go take a long walk off of a short pier!

  • Jack Myoff

    Why do smart, pretty Asian women seem obsessed with ugly, dorky white guys?

    White American guys (who are losers here) go to Japan and other places, where the women treat them like kings.

    Rep Weiner is the poster-child of this conundrum!!!

    • Shlomo Farkas

      No. Most white americans marry white americans. Jews love Asian women on the side because they are submissive. We are used to an overbearing mother and flamboyant dominating yenta wives, so we like a little taste of the East. Mostly, we like the orientals, but we will settile for an IndoPaki every now and again. Anthony did the opposite. He married the Asian and mettled with the Jewish woman on the side.

  • Lola Dadzie

    The problem is that heexposed his genitals on line. That’s sick. He needs to resign and seek help.

  • Kay-lee

    This man is in denial, there is no one left in his corner to support him. New Yorkers are so disgusted with him, and so are his fellow politicians. If he dosen’t resign by tomorrow, this black cloud will continue over his head for another week. It will only get worse.

  • Ziggy

    He is reluctant to resign because he his not independently wealthy, has no lucretive offer pending, and needs his current paychecks.

    Also, 95% of his self-worth, income, prestige and power come from his current position. Without that, he is nothing!

    Where will he go, what will he do next?

    I met him once and he is a very nasty SOB with seriousl mental problems.

    Most people won’t hire him to cut their grass.

    • Cribblyd

      That is very true indeed. Without his position, he will be lucky to sell lemonade on 5th avenue.

      • Ziggy

        I have met Anthony Weiner once and he is a very nasty SOB.

  • nyc

    If this dope had only come clean before the press got hold of it, maybe it could have been less embarrising. I just can’t understand why intelligent, successful people put their junk out in the cyber world and think it’s private ?

  • Alan

    Why are Democrats making such a big deal over this guy? Their president Clinton diddled an intern in the oval office and there was no big deal. Oh…I KNOW….the dems are afraid theat weiner will be too easy for a Republican to defeat in an election. It is not the moral issue…it is an issue of electability. Who has the biggest moral issue now…Weiner or the Democrats???

    • Ziggy

      Let’s not forget that President Bill Clinton was impeached!

      • Nick

        Let’s not forget that all the dumbacrats backed Clinton and there was no concerted call for his resignation.

        The problem with Weiner is that he didn’t actually commit adultery or pedophilia with little boys. That the dumbacrats can understand and forget.

      • flea

        When B. Clinton left office, his approval rating was going through the roof. What does that tell you? Have a little respect for the White House, if anything. That is why i haven’t voted since Jimmy Carter. He only lusted in his heart.

  • Izzy

    I think its disgusting that he would betray his wife’s trust; especially considering that they haven’t even been married a year. While his actions show propensity for piggish behavior, he is NOT the only one to blame. It is not as if the women involved in the matter did not know that he was married. These women were swept up in being “electronically courted” by a rich, powerful, MARRIED politician. These types of women gravitate to men of stature for love of the media attraction, and in the hopes for a huge payday. The WOMEN involved could have simply blocked him from their social media websites.

  • bullett

    How did Deniro put it when he spoke to his son from the movie “Bronx Tale”, make sure the big head controls the little head. In this case I think Weiner failed, big time!

  • joemama

    Wow, he’s the one dumocrat I would have voted for and look at him now. What a dumb weiner!

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