House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that former Democratic colleague Anthony Weiner’s online activities were “reprehensible” and that if the New York City mayoral candidate needs therapy, he should “do it in private.”
Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, made her comments at a Thursday press conference about the lingering sex scandal that’s plagued Mr. Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 over revelations he swapped illicit photos and sexual correspondence with women over the Internet.
Revelations that Mr. Weiner continued those activities under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger” have kept him in the headlines as he seeks a political comeback in the New York mayoral Democratic primary.
Mrs. Pelosi said it is up to voters in New York to decide if Mr. Weiner should stay in the race, but she condemned his activities and alluded to accusations that San Diego’s Democratic mayor, Bob Filner, sexually harassed female staff members.
“Let me be very clear,” she said. “The conduct of some of these people that we’re talking about here is reprehensible. It is so disrespectful of women. And what’s really stunning about it is they don’t even realize it. You know, they don’t have a clue.”