The highest ranking Democrat in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, refused to give any support for scandalous Rep. Anthony Weiner. The New York Democrat confessed on Monday to lying about sending a photo of his bulging underpants to a college student. Mr. Weiner also admitted to sexting and sending other obscene photos to as six other women.
At a press conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, I asked Mr. Reid whether he thought the Mr. Weiner should resign. “I’m not here to defend Weiner,” responded the Nevada Democrat.
“But what do you think he should do?” I asked.
“That’s all I’m going to say,” Mr. Reid replied, as he turned away from the podium to leave.
Another reporter yelled out, “What advice would you give him if he asked you?”
Mr. Reid stopped walking and turned back to the reporters. Then the normally humorless Majority Leader laughed a little and said, “Call somebody else.”
Also on Tuesday, the top ranking Democrat in the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi released the letter she sent to the House Ethics Committee calling for an investigation of Mr. Weiner.
The California Democrat wrote, “On June 6, 2011, Representative Anthony Weiner disclosed conduct which he described as inappropriate. An investigation by the Ethics Committee to determine whether the Rules of the House of Representatives have been violated is warranted.”
Without the support of the highest ranking congressional Democrats and facing an ethics investigation, Mr. Weiner will not be able to serve his constituents. He should resign his position and not return to Capitol Hill when the House recess is over next week.