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June 7th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Should Rep. Anthony Weiner resign?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It took U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, more than a week to admit that he lied about sending an explicit picture of himself to a young college student in Seattle and that he has carried on inappropriate online exchanges with a total of six women. But it only took a few minutes during his news conference to tell us he will not resign. He should.

Rep. Weiner admitted sending a lewd Twitter photo of himself to a woman and lying about it.
Rep. Weiner admitted sending a lewd Twitter photo of himself to a woman and lying about it.

House Minority Leader and fellow Democrat Nancy Pelosi announced that there will be an ethics investigation - not that those ever mean much, ask Charlie Rangel - into whether Weiner used government resources to send the messages or broke other ethics rules. If lying is considered unethical, an investigation is really unnecessary.

That's the crux of this matter. Not only did he send those sleazy pictures, pretty sick stuff in and of itself, he repeatedly lied about doing so. He sat down with countless reporters and members of the media and lied over and over and over again.

This leads one to wonder: What else does he lie about? How can his constituents or anyone else for that matter trust anything he says?

Weiner said in a statement he will "welcome and fully cooperate with an investigation by the House Ethics Committee."

Pelosi has not asked Weiner to step down as she did when the Ethics Committee launched a similar probe into former U.S. Rep. Chris Lee of New York, the married Republican who got caught trying to meet a woman over Craigslist last year. But then Pelosi has always had a convenient set of double standards. And when it comes to members of Congress, the phrase "Ethics Committee" more often than not proves to be an oxymoron.

Here’s my question to you: Should Rep. Anthony Weiner resign?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Dave in Phoenix:
Absolutely. Some people are saying that this story is a waste of time: It's pictures of a guy without a shirt and in some underwear. That is not the story. The story is that our entire congress is made up of these lying, scheming people who are supposed to represent us. He has now been exposed as dishonest and cannot be trusted for anything ever again.

Tom:
Let's take all of the politics out of this and look at it for what it was: A member of Congress (political party being irrelevant) stood in front of America and repeatedly lied to us not just once, but day after day after day. In addition, the Congressman chided and scolded those who dared to question his lie. He is a disgrace to the office and should have the decency to resign.

Gail in Plano, Texas:
Yes, Jack, he should. This is a really creepy story, and seems to get creepier by the moment. Sad, isn't it? To be so stupid that you risk everything for what is actually a perversion! I feel sorry for his wife.

Bill:
When someone says, "I take full responsibility for my actions" that means "I admit to the indiscretion (generally after being outed), and I apologize." That is not full responsibility. If there are no consequences, then it is easy to accept full responsibility. Full responsibility means, admission, apology, contrition and facing the consequences. How about resigning because you let your constituents down and are no longer effective?

Tom in Baton Rouge, Louisiana:
Rep. Weiner will never resign. The only way he'll leave is to be thrown out by the Congress, which will never happen, or not be reelected, which is a possibility. And then he'll have to be dragged out, leaving fingernail marks on the floor.

Bob in Cooperstown, New York:
Weiner is a dead man walking. He just doesn't realize it yet.


Filed under: Congress • Government
soundoff (438 Responses)
  1. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Yes, along with any others who have yet to be caught but now have learned to admit rather then deny now and pay later. You think AW is the Lone Ranger?

    June 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  2. Suren DeSilva

    Absolutely not! Rep. Weiner's mistake does not reflect his politics. Although I am disappointed, I remain a "firm" supporter.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  3. Terrence Cain

    No, and I think it's time for the media to just let this go. He hasn't used any of our money to cover up his scandal and he admitted his problem, so I say let him stay in office if he wants. If the people in his district don't want him around anymore they'll vote him out when he comes up for election. I just hope he gets the help he needs because he was actually one of the good guys in politics, one of the very few good guys in politics.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  4. Ellyn from Detroit

    I think that as long as he did not improperly use his office while in commission of his dalliances then no! The things he did have absolutely nothing to do with his office as a US Representative. Leave it up to the house ethics committee or New Yorkers to decide during his next run if he should keep his seat. This is side bar nonsense that we shouldn't be focusing on unless he used taxpayer funds to hide or conceal his proclivities. Otherwise, let's drop it. I only care about sex scandals when they use my money to do it or cover it up!

    June 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  5. Loren

    Yes. It's sad that politicians seem to think that they can lie to the public this way, but once they do, they have breached the trust granted them and the only honorable thing to do is resign. (The stupid thing is that they get to keep their unbelievably generous pension.)

    June 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  6. Gerry

    Weiner should resign but he won't. He fits the mold for a N.Y. Democrat. He'll hang in there and they will nominate him for some committee that attempts to censor the Internet. NOW will probably nominate him for, "Husband Of The Year". If the Ethics Committee finds anything they can charge him with he will cop a, "Bill Clinton Defense". "What is is?". Weiner is typical of the morals and scruples that prevail in Washington. And this isn;t restricted to Democrats. The Republicans have their closet wierdos too.

    Gerry
    Ash Fork, Az.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  7. Aria Ahrary

    I think he is a great congressmen who knows how to do his job, but taking the time off his job to twex and sext and all that is inappropriate. He probably needs sex therapy. Other then that, I think he should keep his job, because he is one of the smart ones. We can't let smart ones go, just because they are acting like a man with an impulse. This is nothing compared to other politicians in other countries. To them this is typical and funny. To us it's an omg. It shouldn't be an omg anymore. We should be surprised if a politician doesn't do it.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  8. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Absolutely Jack,for heavens sake the man accused an innocent man of a felony to save himself with lies.So how on earth can his lies EVER
    be trusted.However we all know this is how the good ole boys in Washington act and cover up.............never taking care of business but
    ALWAYS!!!!!!!! taking care of themselves.HE MUST GO "NOW"
    David R

    June 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  9. pad

    Why resign when all he did was lie. Then they should all resign since they are lieing to us everday.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  10. Joe R - Houston

    Unless Breitbart can discover someone even more representative of ignorance, immaturity and who's even more strategically challenged, I say let him stay. I think he makes a good congressional poster boy.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  11. Meredith in Oregon

    Nope. Look at what Clinton did in the Oval Office, and he didn't go anywhere. What Weiner did should be handled between him and his wife, and serve as a lesson about nude photos and the internet.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  12. Ken in broke California

    Yes, then he can spend all his time on the internet.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  13. David in Tampa

    If he were an ordinary Joe, I would say no. But he is one of 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and should be held to a higher standard of conduct, something almost totally lacking in both Parties. Doing stupid, little idiot things is not worthy of anyone especially our elected officials who are supposedly highly intelligent and educated adults (not in the last 200 years). It doesn't say much for us because we keep electing these morons.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  14. Greg in Arkansas

    Should he resign because he got caught red handed in a bald faced LIE????......naaw.....that's what politicians do best...besides, if every elected official were required to resign for telling lies, who would be left in Washington to spend all those tax dollars???

    June 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  15. Iris in L.A.

    Ask me if I care.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  16. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    Really, that's a question for his constituents. If he's broken their trust, then its time to go. That said, sometimes these scandals don't affect voters. After all, if David Vitter can get reelected, why not Weiner?

    June 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  17. ken, atlantic city, nj

    yes he is a liar and a sicko.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Yes.

    Such antics are unbecoming of anyone in Washington, in spite of the fact, a high percentage of those in Congress, do that sort of thing.

    Men with money and power, seem to always misbehave, with sexual conduct.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  19. John ................... Marlton NJ

    No, not yet at least. I think the decision should be made by a committee of peers, perhaps Congressman Charles Rangle would chair the "resignation decision" committee. After a decision is made everyone could gather around for a kumbaya recital and have former Pres Clinton handing out cigars to celebrate the committes decision and the high moral ground they acheived....

    June 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  20. Brad, Portland, OR

    If he's doing a good job in his professional life, I don't care what he does in his private life.

    I said the same thing about Clinton, and things were good for America under his Administration.

    As far as I know, Bush didn't have any affairs, but he ran the country very poorly, and we're still suffering from what he did.

    Given a choice between the two, I'd take Clinton as President every time.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  21. Ed from MD

    No Jack, I don't think it's time for him to pack it in yet. He needs to stick it out and show people what he's got.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  22. R Ferguson Lancaster, PA

    Mr Weiner should have waited for higher office like his friend and mentor Slick Willy Clinton. He wasn't told he needed to be at least a governor before he could get away with this crap.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  23. Conor in Chicago

    No. I dont' care what he does on Twitter. He can cheat on his wife everyday. I don't care. You want to know why? Because it's Christian Conservatives that start the wars. It's the Christian Conservatives that offshore our entier industrial base. It's the Christian Conservatives that skew the tax structure to benefit the people who start the wars and offshore our industry. Arguments about morality don't play into any of this for me. Is he a good legislator? Fine. Legislate on. And don't me a moron with your twitter account.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  24. barbara in nc

    Did Vitter, Ensign, Sanford, Craig, and numerous other republicans resign?? NO

    Weiner did NOT have actual physical contac (the republcans did).

    Grow up Jack.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  25. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think Wiener should wait and see how things turn out. If the representative from the Louisiana can get elected after showing up on a hooker list, then Wiener still might have a chance to keep his job. Who knows when the next politician does something stupid and Wiener becomes yesterday's news.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  26. David , Laguna Niguel CA

    Jack, if every politician that has told a lie is forced to resign, then every member of US Congress, the White House and most State politicians will have to resign as well. Not such a bad idea actually.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  27. Ed from Texas

    Sen. Vitter (R-LA) paid a prostitute to make him wear a diaper during sex and he didn't resign. So, what's the standard?

    June 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  28. Annie, Atlanta

    No, but he may want to talk to a professional about his behavior. Sure, I know people do this sort of thing all the time, but they're usually young and stupid. When you're middle aged and doing it, there may be unresolved issues.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  29. Craig R. McNees

    tampa, fl this weiner should have resigned last week, yet continued to lie about it and try to cover it up. he is a compulsive liar and lies to his wife and his constituents. how do these scumbags keep getting laid let alone elected? today his wife should change the locks, hire a divorce attorney and kick him to the gutter where he belongs. congress should get off their collective fat rumps and do the same and remove him from office.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  30. Dave, Orlando, FL

    I am seriously disappointed that he didn’t “man-up” immediately. I thought he was better than that. Hopefully he learned his lesson about cover-ups and will continue to fight for his constituents. But I consider that to be his personal business and a matter between him and his family. The only politicians who should resign are those who wear their “holier than thou” sanctimony on their sleeves while dictating to the rest of us how to behave while being hypocrites.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  31. Steve, NY

    How can a lying scoundrel like him survive. If he lies about his personal life, what does it tell you about his professional life. People are so blind that probably will vote for him again in 2012. He should resign and prevent the embaressment of the voters that do vote for him. Those that do vote for him have small brains (liberal left wing nuts). I wonder how many more in Congress are hiding something??The inetegrity of our leaders has hit the bottom. That's why they have their own priviliged health plans, don't pay social security, have their own fat pension plans, mistresses on the side, and on and on. When will the voters wake up??
    This country is going to the dogs.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  32. Gary H. Boyd

    He should but he won't Jack because his ego's in the way. Pelosi's called for an Ethics Committee inquiry as to whether he's sullied the integrity of the House of Representatives. Here's a bit of advice for Pelosi: Of course he has Nancy so forget the inquiry - just throw the bum out. That the entire bunch occupying the House is already swimming in a sea of disdain is beside the point.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  33. Anh (Orange County, California)

    Absolutely not! This too shall pass.... until the next political scandal.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  34. Rachel Kay

    Jack,
    Rep. Weiner should NOT resign. This is one of the dangers of being in the public eye. If he can handle the backlash of his poor decisions he made in his personal life, maybe he can still handle the slop being tossed around in the Legislative Branch of the government.
    If one thing is for sure, politicians are good at deflecting and distracting from what is really important. So, while the country is still in a "shock" from his actions and behavior, there are better things to do like prison reform, wall street reform, student loan reform, enforcing RICO investigations in government offices, and the list goes on. If Newt can overcome a past affair and is now running for President, Rep. Weiner can do his job.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  35. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    Because he is a fierce advocate for the middle-class, I would say, "No," but that is selfish interest.

    It is a decision for his wife and their family. God bless them and give them strength no matter what they decide.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  36. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    During his "non-interviews" where he answered nothing , lied about everything and whining about the alleged twitter hacking distracting him from servicing his "public", he SHOULD resign and thus will not be distracted by such concerns any longer, and your welcome Mr. Weiner! Turn in your privileges, your health care, your support staff and your undeserved salary. New York, what's wrong with you people !

    June 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  37. David of Alexandria VA

    Yes - but not to atone for some henous indiscretion or lapse in judgement. He should check out to relieve the media of their obligation to obsessively fill their air time with this drivel while our country faces some critical issues and choices. This is the equivalent of Nero twittering while Rome burns. Weiner should "take one for the team" on this and save us from ourselves.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  38. Richard/Colebrook,NH

    Jack, judging from his response, I guess this is " one weiner" that isn't subject to a higher authority.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  39. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Yes he should but like all politicians he won't. From the time they were sworn in they believe in their "Just Do" and are entitled to everything thinking the public is stupid and will believe whatever hyperbole they spew. It would be okay if they were auditioning for the porn industry, but they're not.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  40. David Gerstenfeld

    Yes Jack, he should, & do it on July 4th, America's national weiner day !
    David, Las Vegas

    June 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  41. Dave in Phoenix

    Absolutely. Some people are saying that this story is a waste of time, it's pictures of a guy without a shirt and in some underwear. That is not the story. The story is that our entire congress is made up of these lying, scheming people who are supposed to represent us. He has now been exposed as dishonest and cannot be trusted for anything ever again.

    One can only hope Americans will wake up some day and quit putting these same people in office term after term.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  42. Jane (Minnesota)

    It doesn't matter what the rest of the country thinks, Jack – this is between the Congressman and the people of his district. If I were a resident of his district – if he would have come clean right away I'd say no need to resign. The lying about it doesn't sit well with me and I would want him to resign and he can try running again to see what the voters think.

    Sad fact of it is, sexting is becoming a very prevalent event on the social media – We already know he's not the only one in Congress who's done it. It almost looks like a NY kind of thing so far – but more than like is not limited to there.

    Its best to understand internet rule #1 – once you hit Send or post it – it's no longer private; even if you intend it to be.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  43. Murf, Everett, Wash

    Yes, but not for his no-sex sex scandal–for his arrogant and mostly-believable performance at cover-up. Anyone who can lie that well cannot be trusted. Do the honorable thing, Congressman Weiner, resign and move to Madison Avenue. You have a brilliant career ahead of you in advertising.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  44. david from herndon, va

    Yeah - it's pretty hard to defend the guy at this point. Many folks thought of him as a hero. What a waste.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  45. david- seattle

    Yes, he should not get any leadership position..he is a low life pervert...

    June 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  46. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    sure, Jack.

    just as soon as Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana resigns. last I looked, adults exchanging pictures on the internet may be "creepy" BUT is NOT a crime while soliciting prostitution in both the District of Columbia AND Louisiana IS.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  47. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Hi Jack, when I was blessed to work for a large corporation and if I had done half of what Mr. Weiner has done I would have been fired. Yes, he should resign since these ethics things don't force people out and his ego won't let him resign.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  48. Ken in Seattle

    Yes. It is the only way this ceases to be a headline. It is doubtful his constituents would have elected him in the first place had they known he was a degenerate. Both the Republican and Democratic parties have unfortunately had to deal with sordid behavior by elected officials. These officials are not only an embarrassment to their party but the great amount of negative media attention resulting from their actions detracts greatly from the respective political agendas. Not to mention the media coverage which could, and should, be focused on any of the numerous serious issues facing the country and the world. If Representative Weiner has an ounce of integrity, if he sincerely cares about the needs of his constituents being addressed and if he sincerely cares about the success of his party's agenda he will remove himself. Which means it is unlikely he will leave voluntarily, because these kinds of politicians rarely capable of caring about anyone other than themselves.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  49. Jim

    Jack,

    As a matter of common decency, he certainly should. The problem is that common decency hasn't played any real role in Congressional activities for quite some time. So I guess it all hinges on whether his constituents will still vote for him. If so, then he might as well stick around. At least he'll be employed.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    June 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  50. Jayne

    What Mr. Weiner did was extremely dumb, but it wasn't, by a mile, the dumbest or most obscene thing ever done by an elected politician in Washington. The winner of that award is the person who sent us into an unnecessary war of choice that has taken the lives of nearly 4,500 of our youngest and brightest Americans. It's a sad bit of irony that on a day when 5 more were killed in Iraq, the media was focused on half naked photos of a congressman. I really don't care if Weiner stays or goes.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  51. Stanley

    Jack, it seem to me that these politicians we send to Washington have resorted to playing the kind of games you would find within high school kids while spending tax payers money, instead of taking care of matters that will help us save our American dream. Should he resign? I say no! However, we should use him as a scapegoat to teach the other unknown 'weiners' a lesson by giving him an 80% paycut. The choice would be his then to either resign on continue as a congressman.

    Stanley
    Atlanta, GA

    June 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  52. Robert, Baton Rouge, La.

    Re: Congressman Weiner's indiscretion:
    Jack,
    Good grief! Do not the Congress and the media have anything better to do than fool around with the unbelievably small tempest in Weiner's minuscule teapot? The subject of the photo is scarcely identifiable as underwear, which is to say - so what if he did send it? Hey Congress! What about the sinking economy? The wars in Asia? What about Libya? What about terrorism? Illegal imigration? Barney Frank, the {bleep} Congressman? What about Rangel? What about Bill Clinton, the perjurer? David Vitter, the adulterer? Jeez! Focus! Focus! Forget about Weiner! Our country's going over a cliff! Save it!

    June 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  53. Adem, Oakland

    He has committed a political suicide by letting his tongue get a head of him. He’s finished.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  54. virginia - Atlanta, GA

    No, he was stupid to send these messages, but his work in Congress has been exceptional. I hate to see Breitbart be right on one of these things (he usually seems to make them up) and it galls me the way my Republican friends crow and pretend that Republicans don't do stupid things like this. Please otherwise good guys – don't put anything anyplace thar you would not want your Mother to see.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  55. Zan Moore

    I have admired many of the positions Mr Weiner has taken in the past, especially as it relates to universal health care. His lack of discretion is appauling, but more importantly, any of the positive contributions he may have made in the past or could make in the future are currently being drowned out by his actions both to engage in the activities and to lie. Breach of trust is difficult to overcome and as it relates to politicians, this type of behavior both being indescreet and dishonest simply confirm the worst beliefs of many of us that "All Politicians Are Crooks." Sorry Mr. Weiner, but I think you need to resign.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  56. William

    Why should he resign, what law has he broken? As far as I can see, he sent a shirtless photo to some women he met online, what's the big deal? Why don't you people get off the stick and start reporting some real news, can't you jokers find anything meaningful to report on? I'm getting sick of all the nonsense that comes from the news media, you all think that your experts.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  57. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    No! Numerous Republicans have set the precedent of remaining in office despite having their sleazy and/or unethical behavior found out.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  58. tom winn

    rep. weiner will never resign. he has tasted power and loves it. the only way he'll leave is to be thrown out by the congress (that'll never happen) or not reelected (that's a possibility). and then he'll have to be dragged out, leaving fingernail marks on the floor. he has shown his contemp of the dirty, huddled masses that make up the electorate by lying to them, then restating the lies because he couldn't believe they didn't believe him! he probably feels they no longer deserve his outstanding talents representing them. but, alas, he has no where else to go.
    there's talk there's more, much more. when are all these "intelligent" politicians going to learn, it's easier to remove all mud at the same time than coming back again and again.

    tom winn
    baton rouge la.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  59. Bill

    When someone says "I take full responsibility for my actions", that means I admit to the indisgression (generally after being outed) and I apologize. That is not "Full responsibility". If there are no consequences then it is easy to "accept full responsibility" Full responsibility means, admission, apology, contrition and facing the consequences. Ever since Bill Clinton "took responsibility" folks believe if they admit wrong then they have taken "full responsibility". How about resigning because you let your constituents down and are no longer effective with your peers. Face the consequences of poor decisions.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  60. Gary Mason

    Yes Jack he should resign Not because he sent tweets to the ladies but because he lied and with such conviction, the man never flinched. He did not seem to know what his underwear looked like. I am not sure Wolf's blog is corrct when he says most politicians are honest

    June 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  61. Bit

    No Jack, he shouldn't. What he needs to do and what he should have done is resign his "Weiner."

    Bit
    Prattville, ALabama

    June 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  62. Tony from Southport

    Only if a Republican in the same situation resigns. That's a YES.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  63. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack as much as I would like to see the Weiner resign it isn't going to happen. People in positions of power no longer see anything wrong with lying and getting caught. Weiner really broke no laws unless he used political funds to seduce these 6 women so criminally he can not be touched. Look at what happened the last time a democrat got caught stealing and cheating on income tax. Nancy Pelosi called Charlie Rangel to the Well in congress and slapped him on the wrist publicly and all was forgiven. There is a different standard for politicians and people that are placed into positions of public trust. That standard is that they become untouchable because they are protected by their peers.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  64. Weldon from Fredericton New Brunswick Canada

    Someone should tell him that it is "Winner take all" and not "Weiner take all".

    Yes he should resign although he does seem to be as good a liar as the rest of them.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  65. Rudy Padgett

    No.
    He hasn't done anything worse than his colleagues do-he just got caught....

    Rudy
    Roanoke, VA

    June 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  66. Joe CE

    Probably should but it is a matter fpr the voters in his district.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  67. mark in arkansas

    No. Weiner only typed messages about screwing people. The rest of Congress really DO it every time Congress convenes... How can the rest of them call him a cheater? Kinda like the pot calling the kettle black, isn't it?

    June 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  68. Vince Latona

    Of course he should resign. He is guilty not only of his 'crime', but of exuding bad judgment, lying – with a straight face no less, and moral ineptitude.

    Of course he also tried to blame somebody else. Great traits he has.

    Come on...would you want him representing you? I wouldn't do business with a junk yard owner with those traits. (apologies to the junk yard dealers of the world)

    June 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  69. Clara Landon

    I don't know if he should resign or not. I believe I would. However, every hour on cnn I have heard his name and accusations to and of
    him and opinions from everyone, all the anchors do it,
    You know if these anchors mined their own busuiness and quit throwing out how they would deal with it and what is his wife thinking and how will she take this and what is he doing to her and to the whole country? It is appalling how this nonsense is being carried on. Leave his wife out of this and quit accusing him of everything you can think of and some you can't.
    He is a man and he is human and many do worse. I hate these web sites that expose all of this crap. Why aren't they still hollering about Newt Gingrich or Bill Clinton and when they do think of it just leave it alone I am tired of this all the time..About all we hear is this day after day hour after hour. Disgusting! Clara Landon

    June 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  70. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Canada)

    Weiner should be promoted to at least Speaker of the House.
    Who better to represent Wall Street and the rest of corporate America?
    The Weiner has clearly demostrated in his 15 minutes of infamy that he possesses all the qualities that have allowed the rich and powerful to bankrupt and besmirch the United States of America.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  71. Tom in Mesa

    Jack,

    Let's take all of the politics out of this and look at it for what it was: A member of Congress (political party being irrelevant) stood in front of America and repeatedly lied to us not just once, but day after day after day. In addition, the Congressman chided and scolded those who dared to question his lie. He is a disgrace to the office (even in these times) and should have the decency to resign. Our political "leaders" should demand his resignation, as should all of America. We say we want and expect more from our representatives; now is the time to show that we mean business.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  72. Sandstone.

    "You just answered it jack. SHOULD!!!

    June 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  73. Jack in Chicago

    As a former New Yorker,. I believeve that if he didn't use any government assets to do this spectacle that he should stay in office. In my mind this is a personal matter between him and his family. I am actually quite disgusted with all the coverage CNN and other news outlets have given ti this non–issue. I mean really, Isn't there somethimg more newsworthy like raising the debt ceiling?

    June 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  74. Judie Wm's -- El Lago TX

    If he doesn't...his constituents will take care of it.

    Know when a polltician lies ? When they open their mouth.

    Lack of a moral compass (if one ever had it) is not punishable by law....the prisons are overflowing as it is.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  75. Cal (Maui)

    No, Jack what he did had nothing to do with his job performance, it is for him to justify his actions to a higher power namely his wife than to the American people or more specifically the people who voted him in to office.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  76. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    No. Since the person most harmed by this whole fiasco was Mrs. Weiner, the last thing I am sure she wants to hear is "Honey, I quit my job."

    June 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  77. Bill in New Mexico

    Weiner will probably lose his House Seat in the next election. In which case Weiner will have put his family, the democratic party, and himself through needless pain.

    If Weiner wins his House Seat, the democrats as well as the House will suffer. If Weiner does not resign, the democrats and the House should work at kicking him out of the House.

    Weiner needs a career change.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  78. Ed from California

    Tony Weiner is an addict. Should an alcoholic resign? Should a drug addict resign, either addicted to prescription or street drugs? This guy is an addict. The world isn't in-tune to all the different addictions. We know alcohol, drugs, food. Now we see sex, video games, or anything that gives that feeling of euphoria, other than life it's self. It's a disease, and he needs to get a grip on his addiction. He doesn't need to quit his job...he needs to get some counseling, along w/every member of Congress it seems like.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  79. Dennis north carolina

    YES YES YES

    June 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  80. Paul P.

    He doesn't have to, but he probably should. I don't think the photos were anything that would matter to me if I was a constituent of his, but lying to everyone about it afterwards in an attempt to make it go away is a bit worrisome to me. It shows a lack of character.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  81. MNResident

    If Mr. Weiner's name were Bill Clinton, we would have the likes of James Carville proclaiming that this is just about "sex, sex, sex", and the media would be defending him to the bitter end. Just check your reaction from the 1990's and apply it here to get your answer.....

    June 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  82. Alex in Wisconsin

    As far as scandals go, this one is tame. Should he get a slap on the wrist from his House colleagues, absolutely. But in a Congress that David Vitter happily employed, I can't possibly call on Rep Weiner to resign until there is proof of criminal misconduct. If you are mad about him lying, get over it. Honest politicians don't get elected and we all know who's fault that really is.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  83. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    It's not the best hot dog stand I've been to but I think he learned his lesson. Let him continue on with his job and hope he can wean himself away from twitter.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  84. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Hi Jack, most of them should resign for failing to do a decent job. Bill Clinton didn't resign and he lied, Charlie R. lied and didn't resign and so on ad nausem. We need Congressional leaders that are credible and yet we have few. Let's kick all of them out in 2012 and start over, it couldn't be any worse.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  85. karen meyer

    Yes, Weiner should resign. He is a perpetual liar. We cannot
    trust him, a fundamental quality of a governmental representative. Resign soon and GO AWAY.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  86. Terry in Virginia

    Mr. Weiner should cooperate fully with Minority Leader Pelosi's investigation. If she finds he used his office in an unethical manner, then he should resign without further discussion. Until then, he should close his Twitter and Facebook accounts immediately and never never never go there again. These accounts are not safe and they are not private, just ask an IT guy at your ISP if he can see what you do or a hacker or the FBI, CIA, and who knows who else.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  87. Jeff in Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, if Weiner were a statesman, he'd have resigned several days ago. However, he is an self-serving liar who should be removed from office quickly if he is not going to truly take responsibilty for his debauchery and clumsy cover up. Another example of weak character is not giving our citizens any confidence in ANY of our elected officials.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  88. Cy Gardner

    For what? For being a little creepy? Who in the House isn't ? Cy Arlington, VA

    June 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  89. Richard C.

    Weiner has been cooked so' stick a fork in him .' He is too stupid to be in government for what he has done. Whoops! I forgot, he's a politician and that stupidity is what we have come to accept from Washington.
    Malvern,PA.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  90. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    He should resign and immediately go into therapy. The narcissistic attitude last week and the whining yesterday shows ALL Americans his mental stability. I am certain This is NOT the Best New York State has to offer. He disgraced himself,his family , his constituents, and the US Congress. Get Out!!

    June 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  91. Kathie

    one lie destroys 1000 truths. he lied repeatedly. who can trust him now?? it is a shame but once the trust factor is borken....

    June 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  92. Charles L. Morse Sr.

    Should Rep. Anthony Weiner resign, well no .
    We or wasting to much replacing people over sex .
    If the people that voted for him want to replace him
    next election . He is here problem to deal with .
    Media people need to check on their sex lives first .

    June 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  93. Judy Knight

    Jack, This is another one of these things that detract from the important issues we need to focus on.
    I feel sorry for Mr. Weiner. I feel sorry for his wife. What people need to understand is he has done is no more than the same game everyone ( almost) is playing. These computers are so handy and so deadly. So dont most people fantisize? I would rather my husband fantisized and I got a little than he didnt and I didnt. Ha
    This could be funny except I feel someone joked once to much about this mans name and he , in a split second snapped.
    J.K. In Boise, Idaho

    June 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  94. Michael Roepke

    We live in a world where Victoria's Secret is on TV, so what's the big deal over Weiner's underwear? The only complaints we have heard are from Republicans who, presumably weren't Weiner Twitter followers.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  95. Joe

    Jack,
    Why should Weiner resign when Vitter, and others who have accomplished much worse did not? When we have media that presents tabloid journalism questions such as this one, then no wonder we gain narcissistic jerks such as Weiner, and most likely the majority in Washington, big business, and we cannot forget those commentators in the media: Limbaugh, Beck, etc.

    Joe, Vestal, NY

    June 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  96. keith in ky.

    Hope not, he will be the face of the democratic caucus in congress, a bunch of liars and hypocrites , that want to stand there and preach to me about how I should live my life, all the while wasting my hard earned tax money on pork projects back in their districts, trying to buy votes, bunch of losers.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  97. Mark in Oklahoma City

    Jack, the Technology "Monster" we have created claims another victim. Never in the history of mankind has every single word (or photo) you put in an e-mail, tweet or text or facebook message been used for so many different ways to destroy a person's life. Countless people are losing their jobs, their marriages and even being bullied to the point of committing suicide by social media devices! Weiner is just the latest victim and we are all fooling ourselves if we think this new technology is our "FRIEND".

    June 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  98. Tom

    He should resign. He lied and he expects us to allow him to determine our health care, our foreign policy , our economic priorities...Don't soft pedal this ..he is a liaring scoundel and deserves what he gets. What a load of cow manure !

    June 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  99. Karen in Colorado

    George Bush, Dick Cheney and their gang didn't resign after lying to America to invade Iraq, resulting in thousands of deaths and increased US debt.

    Why should Representative Weiner resign?

    June 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  100. John Moore - New Britain, PA

    If he has done nothing besides the virtual foolishness perhaps not. The real problem for him should be whether his marriage can survive. Other politicians have carried out far worse sexual liasons and continued their careers, look at Gingrich and several others. Some have even used their office to cover things up and we saw a senator do that recently, that did require a resignation and perhaps more. This issue is between Weiner, his wife and his constituents.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  101. Bryan, Colorado

    Yes please resign and go as far away as you can congressman Weiner. You are a discraced politician. His crime isn't the twittpicks. It's how he handled it. Completely discracfull. Obama better take notice as far as voter tollerence goes. Democrats have had enough of a do nothing for middle class adminstration and congress. Every politicians job will be on the line in 2012.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  102. Lois Scholl

    The scumbag should be forced to resign – he's a national disgrace!
    The liar should not ever be trusted anywhere near our House of Representatives!

    June 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  103. Jim S - Milford, MI

    No. He has important work for the country to do. I may not be happy with his 'recreational' activities, but that doesn't mean he can't or won't do a good job for the nation. I suspect if everyone who flirts around (or worse) lost their job, there would be a Lot of empty desks out there. Hey! Maybe it would cure the jobs situation.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  104. Martin

    Maybe he can come out of this but being dishonest in the first place may not be in his favour in 2012, sho maybe should resign and go with dignity.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  105. Demos

    Sadly, he will have to work very hard to overcome the incredible obstacles. The damage is done, however there is an opportunity to make it right. He must begin with himself.

    Demos

    Toronto, Canada

    June 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  106. Mike in Minneapolis

    Considering there is no victim in this incident, (unless you include the woman who licensed her communications with Weiner to the media for money or Andrew Breitbart who was clearly hurt by the episode), I would say no. This country is locked into three wars (Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya), three economic crises (housing, unemployment and a national debt) and for a solid week, 24/7, Rep. Weiner is all we have heard about. Of course, if they do go ahead with the ethics committee, maybe, just maybe it will be an asinine and trivial enough task for the U.S. government to handle...but I doubt it.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  107. Ralph Spyer

    Something is rotten in congressmen weiner head. His wife should resign,the young women he sent pictures to should lawer up, If I say more he will cry anti-semite.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  108. curtis in philadelphia

    Let's be frank, its time to ketchup with real news that affects the entire country. I relish the day that we can put a fork in this story and say its done.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  109. Mark

    I am a friend to Mr. Weiner and mistakes like this happen everyday. He should finish out his term in office and then let the people decide.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  110. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,

    Anthony Weiner is my Congressmen, provided unparalleled constituent service, and shares the political views of his district. However, he is now an asterisk in Democratic party politics, has no credibility, and needs to resign immediately. As for future job prospects, isn't their an open chair next to Eliot Spitzer on your network ?

    June 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  111. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – What for? Who was harmed? In what manner did he not do his job as a Congressman? What makes this an issue? Weiner is not a moralist, does not campaign on his morals, and represents Queens, NY, where issues like this are considered irrelevant stupidity. DSK raped a hotel maid – that is serious! Weiner sent out pictures of himself in his underwear to people who apparently wanted them. So??? What makes flirting on Twitter an offense against anybody? Are we not all adults here? Grow Up!!

    June 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  112. Karl in Flint

    No. Take a poll of his constituents if you have to take a poll. Let them decide. All politicians lie and have double standards. Some hide it better than others. A good polygraph tech could get rid of all of them if that was the law. Maybe we need that instead of term limits, which will never come to pass. If they fool the machine they can stay. Of course a professional liar can fool it but then who are we talking about? I think I just shot myself in the foot on that one.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  113. Tony

    Yes he should. People like this we should be able to trust. But WHO IN OFFICE TODAY CAN WE TRUST?? Do we trust Obama?? NO!

    June 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  114. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    No, Weiner shouldn't resign until we get a head count of everyone who needs to go before the Ethics Committee so we don't have to go through this next month.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  115. joe m

    Should? He needed to be gone tomorrow. In an article in the New York Post Mike Daily said, the congressman 'took responsibility', but 'not accountability'. Its obvious that the congressman does not hear or get the general mood of the country, most americans are sick and tired of politicians who don't seem to be held accountable for their actions. If he has any sense or dignity left, he needs to announce his resignation before the week is over. He said last week that the news of the twitter post was a distraction and he needed to get back to work. Well, he's become the distraction and now it looks like his fellow representativies will not be able to get back to work on the nation's probles because they will have to waste time on an 'ethics investigation', for something that can be fixed by Mr. Weiner manning up. Give us a break congressman, just leave already.

    NC

    June 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  116. calaurore9

    You know the world is cock-eyed when Donald Trump calls Anthony Weiner a 'psycho' and a liar. Should Weiner resign? Sure, then he can be the next celebrity apprentice or get his own talk show.

    Oops, did I say that?

    Carol in NoHo, Mass.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  117. Fred In LA

    He should definitely resign. He's disgraced the office and the people he was elected to represent and serve.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  118. George

    Apsolutely. He is now much better off. Ready for another book or two. Ten more interviews. A public speaking at Harvard. We the intelectual few eat this up. There arent enough cable channels for us to cover this. He should "Play his Guitar on MTV" cause "that aint workin"

    June 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  119. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    Yes! He lied about it!! Until then it was his personal business!

    June 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  120. Mr. D

    Weiner was "hot dogging" on the net and was "seared" in the process. The "act" was one thing, the coverup quite another. Ah, but dosen't he make a good politician?

    June 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  121. jean2009

    Absolutely not. We all make mistakes and the best he can do his not repeat them...it is called learning from your mistakes and rising above them.

    I know all Republicans would like to see him go, but working people need someone to voice against powerful interest. He does that very well.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  122. Brian in IL

    I think it would be embarrassing for this guy to continue on and function effectively. Nevertheless, I believe we have bigger fish to fry than to fret so much about politician's private lives, and as long as it cannot be proven that he did anything illegal, let's move on. What he did was in very poor taste, but as far as we know it wasn't illegal since the recipient was of legal age and did not press any kind of charges. There are more important issues that effect the public daily, and these are what we should focus on and leave private lives just that, private. There is WAY too much big brotherism these days, and this is a classic example of that if there ever was one. With good judgment and a liberal dose of good logic, the memory of this should subside. This guy's judgment was definitely poor, but for now at least he hasn't been proven guilty of an actual crime.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  123. Kent B

    He should lose his security clearance for his lies.
    Then he would have to resign because he could not perform his job.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  124. Linka Rayburn

    The great rift in our culture starts with our "representative" government. That divide could begin to heal, by everyone.... "Doing the Right Thing" in every political and private way.
    It's called "integrity". Where is it ?
    We should be able to look up to our leaders.....not down on their private parts.
    The Congressman should resign immediately !

    June 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  125. Peter Hackman

    When you are in a public position, you are expected to act better. He needs to resign, so others will, hopefully, get the hint that doing this type of stuff WILL get you out of office. Why can't these guys keep their peepee's in their pants?

    June 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  126. Tom Ware

    This guy is too stupid to be in congress and that is saying a lot considering the quality of men and women in the house and senate.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  127. Tim from Desert Hills, AZ

    Yes he should resign. Why? He lied. End of story.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  128. AB

    Congressman Anthony Weiner should resign and preserve any dignity and self respect that he has left. He should have the decency to resign to spare himself, his wife and his constituents any further embassment. Prehaps that is asking too much from a man berift of any common decency and ethics. The Democratic leadership should demand his resignation to protect the integrity of public office, the public trust and the Democratic Party. The Republicans threw Congressman Chris Lee out for exposing himself to women on Craig's list and the Democrats should do likewise with Anthony Weiner.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  129. Jeff Las Vegas

    Yes ,What has happened to honor and respect? He has neither, for his wife, nor the people that elected him. He is lucky to even have a job, there are many out here in the real world that don't.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  130. Mark

    Why of course he should resign. He "cheated" on his wife even though it was Cyber. When a person cheats on their spouse they can never be trusted in general. Trust me.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  131. Cathy

    Yes, he should resign and so should Pelosi if she's setting a double standard..ugh..I hope politics will change one day (like college football will with various national, successful college programs coming under renewed scrutiny).

    June 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  132. April Moreno

    I don't think Congressman Weiner should resign, and I think he has done great thing for this country!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  133. Kim Smith

    Another career "tweeted" into the toilet. I guess people are just not smart enough to avoid using things like twitter and facebook.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  134. Bill - Dallas, TX

    Are we really having this discusion? Unbelievable!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  135. Paul in Dallas

    I think he does simply because he openly lied about it. How can you trust him anymore?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  136. jennifer derosa

    No ! Not ! Never !

    June 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  137. Ayeman

    Absolutely, yes! His behavior and lying are too base to be representing anyone anywhere anytime. He has demonstrated the typical kind of activity that lessens the public's respect and confidence in theiir government representatives.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  138. Eric CO

    Sex is not as bad as half of what is going on in Washington. I think the congressmen who passed the tax break for the highest 2% should have to resign first, follow that by the ones who tried to eliminate help to the poor. At least Weiner tried for the public option, more than I can say for the others.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  139. Martha Deed

    As someone who just voted in the 26th Congressional District Special Election - thank you, Chris Lee - I am particularly angered by Rep Weiner's shenanigans. Yes, he should resign. How can he justify remaining in office given the Chris Lee resignation? And while he is apologizing, he can apologize to his constituents that his sleezy behavior has cost his district the expense of a special election - a sum of money that is not trivial and which, I assume, will be incurred even if his replacement's special election coincides with the November 2011 elections. I don't care which party spawns the candidate that thinks he can behave this way and get away with it. He simply needs to go.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  140. Oscar Meyer

    Jack – Come On! You live in 2011 New York! This is not the America of the "Greatest Generation" when honor, integrity, fidelity, humility, modesty, etc. were very real and valued character attributes. Film, music, politics, lifestyles, etc. – this is the hedonistic, immoral, selfish, greedy, "slime it to the max" generation. Ninth District of New York? He'll be re-elected in a landslide. At least we now know the second region his wife didn't change her name . . . .How would you like to be called, " Hum a Weiner"?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  141. Michael

    He should absolutely resign. He lied in public and needs to send a message that lying cannot simply be excused as a 'mistake'. He needs to show people that he truly regrets his actions and feels shame for them

    June 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  142. Freedom from Insanity

    Yes, he should resign, based on his inability to tell the truth immediately, asking for forgiveness and then immediately indicating he does not intend to resign. I think the American public is sick of politicians and others conducting themselves like 8 year old children and then begging for understanding. The only thing he hasn't done yet is inidcate he is "going into rehab". This has been a pattern of behavior for several years and I was brought up with the idea that this kind of behavior is not only not appropriate, but an indication of bad decision making. He is allegedly in Congress to make good decisions on behalf of those who elected him and the rest of us who have to live with his actions in Congress.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  143. Ray

    Yes, he should resign immediatly if not sooner. Our nation needs no distractions from the urgency at hand, It's the Economy Stupid!!!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  144. Jan in Connecticut

    Of course he should stay. I can't stand all the righteous comments by media and pols. Given the number of bad behaviors by the politicians who were caught, you have to wonder how many have escaped notice. Probably a large percentage. I think of Newt Gingrich leading the fight to impeach President Clinton while he was having an affair himself – even asking wife for divorce while she was in hospital with cancer. Then there's Arnold Swartzenegger, John Edwards ...

    June 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  145. Sheliah Johnson

    Obviously, Mr. Weiner has NOT learned the valuable lesson of fidelity and...COMPLETE CONFESSION and HONESTY...once caught (e.g., Bill Clinton, Arnold S, etc.). If his wife can forgive him and he....STOPS....such self-destructive behavior, then I think his constituents (who up to this point had NO PROBLEM with his work in Congress) should forgive him and "hold his feet (and other body parts) to the fire. In other words, hold him accountable for his professional, as well as personal behavior. It appears we have reached a point in our society where "personal" behavior should be evaluated AS CLOSELY...as professional. What a SAD commentary. I hope he is redeemable...once he gets through this...and can focus on the important things like GOVERNANCE and the business of the American people.

    JUST MY THOUGHTS,
    She

    June 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  146. joe smith

    he will remain, because of his dual citizenship in Israel, he keeps the $$ flowing, the defence contracts flowing, and all other pork that can be legislated Israels way..remember, it's all about the money, this twerps sickness doesn't mean beans, keep the money flowing..

    June 7, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  147. Dennis

    After Senator Vitter.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  148. Alex in wisconsin

    Jack, lets face it, politicians lie, otherwise they wouldn't get elected. I think with the actual problems we are facing, the media needs to cut anyone having personal problems a break. That includes family values phonies on their 3rd wife.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  149. Bill in VA

    He should resign only if there was illegal activity – he was sexting with underage girls for example. Otherwise, let the ethic committee deal with it

    June 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  150. Ted

    Did you do a similar commentary on Senator Ensign? He cheated on his wife with his friends wife then bribed them which is far more serious. So if you do not have a similar column in your history file on him what does that say about you?

    Ted

    PS For what it is worth I think Rep. Wiener should resign since he lied about it.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  151. Heather

    As a military wife, i don't think what is done in the personal life, should affect the work enviroment. He is a good congressman, and no, he should not resign.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  152. Rich P.

    Yes. 100 times yes,

    June 7, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  153. Beverly

    NO, Bush lied about WMD's........need I say more!!!!!!!!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  154. Steve

    Should he resign? You bet your bippy!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  155. Rubin

    I don't think he sure resign. What he does in his personal life is his business. Lying about it certainly doesn't look good, but he's still got a job to do. I doubt he'll be getting re-elected anyway.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  156. Robert J. Schneider

    Weiner is a dead man walking...he just dosent realize it yet.
    Bob in Cooperstown New York

    June 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  157. Chris, NY

    Why would he resign Jack? The Democratic party here in NY has no problem relecting criminals like Charlie Rangel, so finding out Wiener is a pervert shouldn't phase them at all. I personally think he should have just spent the money on an escort, worst case scenario in that situation is he gets caught and then is awarded his own show on CNN.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  158. ED MCCAULEY

    I really think the only totally realistic comment on all this cr– over Cong. Weiner take me back to grade school "Weiner is a weinie"

    June 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  159. Deborah Seibert,. Co

    Yes he should and if he doesn't, he should be expelled. Most americans think congress is sleezy and dishonest. Guess what? If he remains, it will prove that they are right.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  160. Scott - Washington DC

    Bill Clinton lied about extra-marital relations he had, but that didn't keep him from being a great president, just as this shouldn't keep Anthony Wiener from continuing to be a great Congressman. He should not resign.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  161. JenBen

    Lying about WMD? No punishment.

    Lying about sending a pic of your package covered by your underwear? Stupid, but no one died because of it. Let him and his wife deal with it and everyone else get on with your lives.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  162. Mark

    Yes, he showed himself to be a practiced, manipulative, self-serving and shameless liar. He should no longer hold public office as a result.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  163. Kc

    Yes, of course!! He can't be trusted anymore. Lie once, lie again.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  164. Melvin / NYC

    Mr. Weiner should resign for one simple reason: He lies. Repeatedly. Americans deserve better!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  165. Justin

    Absolutely not. If he serves the people well, then he should stay. He was probably doing this stuff when he was last elected and he has been doing a good job. Reality check, America is obsessed with sext messaging. Move on to more important topics please!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  166. Bob Schroder Piedmont Quebec Canada

    Put a fork in him, he's done like dinner. After all he's a wiener not a pizza

    June 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  167. Jessie

    Jack,

    You bet your Weiner he should resign! If he does not, he should be kicked out of Congress.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  168. David Nova Scotia

    Weiner is a jerk and he should be "Gonzo" ..... and the sooner the better for the human race!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  169. Kurt

    Absolutely NOT! All humans lie, including you Jack.. And why is it what Rep Weiner did ( pictures of himself, etc,) you call sick? It is also human. The fact is that Weiner did not lie when it really counts.. Like: " Sadam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction and we need to lose 6000 human lives and one trillion dollars, taking him out of power" How bout that for a lie? Get real , Jack, it aint that big of a deal.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  170. Alexander in Boca

    Yes! Is there anything more un-ethical than Lying? It's not the gross tweets that bother me....It's the Charade that followed.....But in todays america, does anyone take responsibility for their own actions??

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  171. J. McCaskill

    Absolutely not, what this man does in his personal time in his personal life is none of our business. Furthermore, it has no bearing on his ability to represent the citizens of his district. Millions of people send pictures online all the time and they're not asked to explain nor resign. If he wasn't an elected official, would this be such a huge story? This is nothing but Oprah Mumbo Jumbo. Political theater at best.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  172. DBerg

    Thank you Jack for not focusing on his wiener and looking at the REAL issue. The guy who represents Americans lied straight to our faces. He should without question resign or be fired if he doesn't take responsibility for his actions.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  173. E. Vaughn

    Yes, representative Weiner should resign. He has behaved just like a Republican.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  174. mitch from calif

    any politician that is caught lying should immediately be forced from office. we know they all lie but when caught in one there should be consequences.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  175. Tonya Nichols

    I am a teacher and I teach my student to respect their leaders and always tell the truth. I believe he should resign. How can I tell my students to respect a married politician sexting strangers and then lying about it publicly over and over again? I cannot.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  176. Dean O'Grady

    Dean from NY. It doesn't matter the party, NY politicians are exceptionally flawed. They embarrass this fine State. Unfortunately some of them end up with shows on CNN.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  177. Mike

    What is the difference between Weiner and that strange dude in the park wearing a trench coat and flashing his junk at strangers?

    The only difference I see is that one gets to decide whether or not he wants to resign his taxpayer funded job. The other goes straight to jail, is labeled a pervert and probably ends up on a list of sexual predators.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  178. SL, Virginia

    No, he should not resign. Let his constituents decide in 11/2012.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  179. clifjay

    u bet ur weiner he should. The sooner we root out perverts like weiner the better. Where do we get these guys anyway? No wonder the peoples business doesn't get done theyre too busy makin electronic whoopee...

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  180. Matt

    Anthony Weiner did something very wrong, but he did not break the law. I am getting so tired of media focusing on this kind of story, how about focus on jobs and the economy. Anthony Weiner may have done something immoral, but we are all human, his actions do not over shadow the good that he has brought to the New York's Ninth District. No, he should not resign. He needs to do the right thing.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  181. darrell in sc

    of course he should retire, that is a no-brainer. he went on tv and lied to everyone in america. do you trust me now?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  182. Larry Braus

    Resign? Of course not. But we DO need to add the suffix "gate" to it.
    Try it out.
    "Wienergate". It just rolls off the tongue.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  183. Jeff in Illinois

    He should quit when he actually commits a crime. If lying is his crime, then all of congress should resign with him.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  184. Frank

    Yes. No question that worthless piece of humanity Anthony Weiner should resign.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  185. Michael

    Absolutely. What a dork!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  186. Gahan

    As a Manhattan resident I say:
    Take a hike ya bum!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  187. frank4444444444444444444444444

    no he is not supposed to resign, he is just another human being who makes mistake and he is ready to collect his mistakes and have apologized for doing so, this is just a political rainfall ,stand strong anthony!!!!!!!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  188. M. Ramsey

    Sanford was able to keep his job but was censured and repaid the costs to his constituents. So what is the difference now...his political party?

    Just saying...

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  189. steve

    NO! The man had poor judgment and did something many, many people do regularly. To view this as abnormal I would say think again. I would be willing to bet my paycheck that the number of people on-line doing this sort of thing is pretty large. And yes, he lied! Any normal man or woman would lie to protect themselves from embarrassment and from hurting their family. This is between Rep Weiner and his wife and has little to do with his ability to do his job well. As a matter of fact, most of his constituents believe he has been a good representative. And how often does that come along? I find it amazing the hypocrisy of people who have just as many skeletons in their closets and yet act superior to others. Get over yourselves and stop with the judgment.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  190. Nigel

    He lied, but he is a politician so by definition he is a liar.... Republicans, Deomcrats, they all lie...!! Should he resign..? Absolutely.. and then you guys at CNN can offer him a nice juicy TV career!!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  191. Cecil Jones

    Congressman Weiner was a weiner when he decided to break the "Public Trust" and lie to preserve his career. He looked right in the camera and the eyes of the public and lied until he couldn't lie any more. If the man had any honor left, he would resign. Now Weiner is "The People's Pervert." What a dishonor on Congress.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  192. RJ

    Absolutely; once a liar always a liar. Anything he says could be a lie so never trust whatever comes out of his mouth......

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  193. John R

    Anthony Weiner and the Catholic Church as our Congress dont have to live by the Rule of Law, as the rest of us have too. He should resign and the rest of the lying Congressmen should also. The voters are to lame to vote these crooks out of the cushy jobs. Just my opinion.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  194. Linda Weiss Rose

    He should absolutely resign. It seems that people in government don't believe that their personal ethical standardsshould be on pars with the people that they govern. In any other position, the person would be expected to resign. Perhaps we should consider the ancient Japanese custom of hari kari. Take some personal responsiblilty for what you do. Where is your personal shame if you think that you shouldn't resign for this type of behavior? I know, it's the sense that members of the governing bodies are superior to the rest of us mere mortals.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  195. Michelle

    You better believe Weiner should resign. Tolerant? That's what is wrong with America today. Forgive him... sure... but ever trust him again? Well that is to be determined. The problem with our government is too many politician seem to think they live an entitled life... do as they please regardless of the consequences. Frankly, I am sick of the way this country is being run and sick of the double standards. The politicians who are supposed to represent their constituents should be forced to live on the streets with 350 dollars a week. They should have to support their families on that and not get public assistance since that is what they want to take away from the ever climbing number of people who now need it due to the failing economy and politicians like Weiner who think with their pants instead of their hearts and minds.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  196. Helen Bartos

    Yes, he should resign!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  197. T40G

    He's a liar, and not a very bright one – he really needs to find another job.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  198. Debbie

    Oh please. It takes a certain mix of chutzpah and sleaze to make a great politician. This guy has the right amount of both. He should not resign. It's ridiculous to even waste our time on such nonsense.

    Debbie
    Queens

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  199. Rhonda

    Resign, of course! We shouldn't even have to ask. We must hold our public officials to higher standards. If any are caught lying or are involved in unethical behavior then they must GO! We need leaders we can respect and be proud of.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  200. Jimmy Robinson

    Jack,

    "Ethics Committee" isn't an oxymoron; it's a misnomer. If you're going to be a a curmudgeon worth his salt, you're going to have to keep straight your figures of speech.

    Jimmy in Minneapolis

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  201. AlaskanSteel907

    No because of the photo's, that's not really our business! We don't know the relationship with his wife, and they may be open, together! It's an open world, were the average person DOES look for sex on CraigsList and Facebook. We don't need to know, because that's between Weiner and his wife. It's a shame that he lied about it for a week, but if we asked every politician to resign who ever lied, we would have much of a Congress.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  202. Kathleen Templeton

    Of course he will resign. You can't be as judgmental and vitriolic as Weiner is towards Republicans and hold yourself above that standard. Resigning is the only honorable option Weiner has left.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  203. Erna

    Why isn't Congressman Weiner being treated and charged with sexual porn? On TV a couple days ago there was a young girl now age 16 being charged with sexual porn and a possible life-long label of sexual predator because at the age of 13 she sent sexual pictures on the internet. Does this go back to who you are, how much money you have and who you know will determine how you are treated and charged. Sounds like discrimination of a minor and favortism of a politician.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  204. Greg - New York, NY

    "Too err is human, to forgive is divine." But Weiner showed no remorse by continuing to lie to everyone, even his wife. The story gets worse every day. Disgusting. God help him if any of these woman turn out to be underage, and the images even more lewd that those we have seen. I am surpised the authorities have not checked that yet, because Rep Weiner may turn out to be a sex offender when the smoke clears. Resign ? you bet. Go away, and please don't come back.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  205. Margie, Columbia Falls, Montana

    Of course he should resign...but then all the other people in Congress should resign for their illegal and immoral transgressions ....but then the halls of congress would be empty....

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  206. James Etheridge

    Absolutely he should resign because he is a Democrat. Democrats always resign when they get caught doing something perverse -Republicans never do.

    James Etheridge

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  207. Robert J. Schneider

    LOL...Weiner and Spitzer should team up in a new news show..look out Jack!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  208. John

    Jack, Of course he should resign. When a REPUB. Senator or Comgresman does something. The liberals say the REPUB. so and so should resign. But with Weiner there is no mention about him being DEM. rep. Weiner.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  209. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Jack, Little Weiner is like all of the other members of congress that get caught with their hand in the cookie jar, they start out lying about what they've done, next they fess up and now the good part, they always say they're ashamed, they cry, they ask forgiveness from their wives, check into rehab. say they won't resign but they continue to lie about what really happened until the pressure gets to great and then they resign

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  210. Corey Chomas

    Why do we expect our elected officials to suddenly cease being human upon assuming an office? What they do in their personal life shouldn't lead to a resignation. Would you quit your job if you had online relationships with various women? Of course not. While you may think what he did is "immoral" (which is a terrible reason because morality is relative anyway), as it stands right now he broke no rules and in no way does this affect his politics, which is really the only thing he can be held accountable to the public for. He's been re-elected time and time again while he was having these relationships, and if people thought he was doing a good enough job then, there's no reason to think this will affect his performance more than merely having to answer stupid questions about his personal life. Also, keep in mind he wouldn't have had to lie if it wasn't for the fact people react this way. The public made him lie. Lay off our politicians for having lives and let them focus on trying to do what they set out to do.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  211. Susan Skinner

    Weiner should resign immediately. His personal conduct, while repellant, did not in itself make him unable to serve – but his repeated lying did. He has now thoroughly established his public persona and there is no way I would ever vote for him in any capacity. And I'm from Alaska, where we are known for some pretty embarrassing politicians. BTW world, we're sorry. Very, very sorry.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  212. Sheryl

    I do not want my tax dollars paying a pervert. He needs to take his weiner and go home.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  213. Gramma

    You gave the most eloquent and logical comment I have heard from any news commentator! Yes, he should resign. Lying is an egregious ethics violation–apart from his disgusting behavior. Why is lying accepted as an expected behavior of politicians?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  214. Will Morrison

    Weiner is a lying schmuck not worthy of representing the people,...if the democrats let this slide they will definitely Lose the 2012 elections.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  215. RMC

    Yes! He id a despicable example of what's wrong with some politicians. They think they better than the rest of the world. He has taken advantage of his position to rant at Republicans since June of 2010 – he is worse than any of those he ranted against!!! His view of his duty should have truth and honesty as priority #1!!!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  216. Paul NYC

    Let him resign when Diaper Boy in Louisiana resigns.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  217. Hapuna

    Anthony Weiner is cooked. Resign.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  218. Jackie in Michigan

    YES. He is a liar and a pervert with no moral integrity. Obviously he cannot be trusted. I am sad to have him as a fellow American, but I refuse to have him represent the remnant of this country that still stands firm on our values. No wonder so many countries despise us...look at how our leaders behave!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  219. Carolyn Moore

    Yes! Rep Weiner should resign, he is certainly untrustworthy. There is an old saying here in the South, "Always stay close to your morals and ethics, when you have lost these you have lost yourself". It is very evident the this man has lost himself.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  220. CarolO

    As a reminder here, it is not against to law to post photos, to lie to your wife or lie to reporters. What Anthony Weiner did is discusting and stupid but was not against the law. He's a good Congressmen and needs to get some professional help perhaps but get back to work.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  221. Ed

    No, he shouldn't resign. What he did was wrong and then he made it worse by lying about it. Let's put it in perspective. I mean come on, it's not like he lied about WMD's in Iraq and thousands of our soldiers died. If we asked all the politicians in Washington to resign for lying the place would be a ghost town.

    Ed
    Kirkland, Wa

    June 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  222. Ruth Keller

    Better today than tomorrow !!! He is a disgrace for this country !

    June 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  223. Eva

    Only a "real man" would resign. Resigning would indicate he has true remorse for his actions and it would allow his wife of only one year to gain back respect and dignity, let alone some privacy from all of this unwanted, embarrassing attention. "Congressman Weiner, are you a real man?"

    June 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  224. ted wa.

    Yes!! talk about a double standard If the public lies to congress it's a crime If a member of congress lies to the public it's not even unethical What a joke.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  225. Storm

    Weiner is an adrenalin junkie and we loved him for it! He was our screaming fire-stick for Democrat values that we could not get from the Whitehouse. But he did not know when to control himself and for that he needs to go.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  226. Mike

    Rep Weiner whould resign. Not because of his electronic actions, or the display of porr decisions skills that led to them, but because he could not man up and admit what he had done. Instead he bold face lied to the American public who voted for him to represent their interests.
    Furthermore...Why in the world are you airing any of D Trump's comments? If he does not have the stones to say he is a politician and throw his hat in the ring, but wants to be allowed to sit back and berate those who are in the game!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  227. LamarW

    Why should he resign. All politicians lie to Americans. We had a President who lied about Iraq and cause thousands of American Military to die...he stayed in Office. We had a Vice President who was drunk and shot someone in the face with a hunting gun....he stayed in Office. Now we have a politician who lied about a personnel event and only his family suffered....but people want him out....only in America do we have our values twisted....

    June 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  228. Mike in ND

    Nope, no reason for him to resign. Why are we obsessed with the sex lives of our politicians? This is a private matter for him, not one that affects his office, the country, or any of us. The media should resign themselves from spending so much time on this, Arnold, etc.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  229. Christofer

    Resignation aside, if we spent the same amount of time focusing on our representatives actual job performance and voting habits, as we do on what they post on twitter we might actually be able to get things done in this country.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  230. Rick Zand

    This is a story told and retold, it seems with evermore frequency as sexual encounters are only a click away. Not only should Wiener resign to salvage some of his dignity and honor his party and most of all his wife, but if he's really sincere he'll address a national epidemic among married men who are losing their most important 'real" relationships due to online fantasy. Given the revenue of the porn industry, somewhere in the billions of dollars, there is no doubt that many of Wiener's critics are offenders themselves. Maybe they should all confess and not wait until their package ends up on the Internet.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  231. Maggie @Sacramento

    Weiner should resign immediately, and his wife should leave him. Sure, others have done bad things (aka Schwarzenegger, Edwards, Chris Lee, Spitzer, etc.), but the way Weiner handled this in such an arrogant manner (which I guess he can't help as that is his narcissitic way he handles everything) such as when he tried to degrade Dana Bash, lso blantantly ied to Wolf Blitzer and Luke Russert, and others, when it was so clear he had lied, and then he tried to blame Andrew B? (whatever his name is, and I'm no fan of his but hey). Weiner should have been forthcoming to his wife and the public the minute this happened. Who knows what kind of judgement he has - I have lost all faith in him, and just wish he would go away. He's been married less than a year to a beautiful woman whom he doesn't deserve.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  232. Julia in Toronto

    Why should Anthony Wiener resign? Did Bill Clinton resign when he was caught lying?
    Politicians have done worse things and they didn't resign!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  233. Brittany W

    I don't think he should resign. What he did was sleazy sure but he didnt break the law and since when a politicians the most upstanding citizens in America? If there was no illegal activity done, then he should stay unless New Yorkers vote him out.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  234. Phyllis from Pennsylvania

    I always thought he had an inferiority complex, so this may have been his way to boost his ego. That aside, of course he should resign. This was such show of bad judgment and stupidity that he will have no choice. Hopefully our elected officials have more stability and integrity that this guy.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  235. Michael

    Though I do not condone any degree of unfaithfulness in a relationship, we have to determine what the real issue is here. Is it that he lied? Is it that he "cheated" on his wife via the internet? If so, surely a majority of politicians should be on the chopping block. None of them can confess to 100% honesty all of the time.

    We tend to have a way of dragging peoples personal issues out in the open and dragging that person through the mud. At the end of the day Representative Weiner is a person.

    What we ought to be asking ourselves is whether or not he is doing a good job based on what he is obligated to do in Washington on behalf of his riding. If the job is done well, leave the man alone. Let him and his wife work out their personal matters. They don't need us to add to the pressure which could potentially end their relationship and ruin their lives.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  236. Lu Privitera

    Of course he should, but will he? – a CNN political expert said last night that we should leave it up to the voters -at first I thought, excuse me! now I say, sure, why not -let them be judge and jury, and they will definitley be his demise – George Orwell once said, "in a time of universal deceipt, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." hmm, the only revolters will be the voters- it's bad enough that he acted in such a way that hurt his family, reputation and supporters, it's worse that he set out to deceive. He's the lowest. So sad, too bad.

    Lu, Pittsford, NY

    June 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  237. Dexter McDade

    Yes, if this is his pattern during a difficult issue about his accountability, he is good about untruthfulness in his job too. Rep. Anthony Weiner, you are a trained and paid liar, with our money. You need to go.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  238. Rick Bellendorf

    Should Rep. Weiner resign? Absolutely NOT! He's done nothing different from what millions of American men do every day....single or married. That may not make it right, but I'd base my opinion on his performance as a Congressman and his record. His wife has forgiven him and we should too. After all, it's not like he actually committed adultery or met any of these women. Being a Congressman doesn't mean you can't be a red-blooded American male.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  239. Ray - San Francisco

    Yes! Then Join the Charlie Sheen road show! This one will be a big money maker..Duh..Winning!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  240. Mary Prange

    NO... It is so common these days. Powerful People are seduced by their own power. let them suffer shame and move on. (if they harm someone else that issue is separate and the consequences are another matter).

    June 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  241. Brandon

    You know President Truman had the sign "The Buck Stops Here," if you ask me I believe Rep. Weiner should take a page from that book, accept the responsibility and especially, the consequences of his actions and resign. In fact, I think its time all dishonest politicians took that attitude but then again, a nearly empty Washington wouldn't be all that great for the country right now either.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  242. Matt Vraspir

    No. The media needs to drop this go nowhere story. It is pointless and has no ground any longer. He made a mistake, he did something wrong, we all do, we are human. the American Public needs to let it go as well. He did something wrong, but that does not overshadow his accomplishments in the ninth district of New York.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  243. Mo

    No, he should not. He was elected to lead and to fight for his district. The media should have no business in his sex life. He has the right to lie about his personal life as much as he wants as long as the general welfare of the people does not suffer. It is the descion of the residents of his district who decide to re-elect or replace him, not radical Republicans who jump at every chance to make the Democrats look foolish.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  244. Carina

    NO. He is not the only person who sends such pictures to others. He is just like any one of us, and everyone needs to get over it and focus on more important matters. Just because he sent those pictures does not mean he doesn't care about the people in his district. He does his job well and thats what should matter.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  245. Michael, Salem NY

    I used to live in Weiner's district. I was a huge supporter of him, I wanted him to run for Mayor of NYC, I defended him when people said he was lying. Now that the truth is out, he must go. My friends and family that live in his district deserve a Congressman they can trust and he.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  246. JimGreenm Seguin, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack—OF COURSE NOT! Weiner did what about 100 million Americans do all the time—it is the way people flirt and communicate over the internet daily—He shouldn’t have lied-but it is the way you in the media are acting—appealing to our prudes -to sell soap—that made Weiner lie—He is a great Congressman!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  247. Larry Phillips

    Of course he should resign, and the why can be summed up in one word – DISTRACTION. . He's a distraction to the Democratic Party, and a distraction to Congress in general. Trying to save his marriage will be a distraction. Dealing with the media frenzy will be a distraction. Dealing with the House Ethics committee will be a distraction. These, and all the other distractions will make it impossible for him to be an effective Congressman. So Congressman Weiner – stop being an attraction, take action, and avoid the distractions.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  248. Jack Pine

    Hi Jack,

    I am a Democrat, so of course we need to keep him so we can keep a fair playing field with the Republicans

    I keep writing these intelligent answers to you but you never read them.

    Jack

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  249. Fred Beyne

    Jack,

    I do think he should resign, anything he does or says will be questioned because of his lying! Once a liar always a liar! Why isn't Rangel in Jail!! If you owed and lied as much about his taxes you Jack would be crucified!!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  250. Nancy, Tennessee

    Although he sounds like he is mentally ill, he has done no more than countless other politicians that are still in Washington making the laws. I wish that we could put him in a stockade for all the world to see and be a lesson for others, but in today's world what he did is trivial. Nancy Pelosi's ethics committee didn't scare him. Heck, he said he welcomed the investigation. That will stop some of the interrogation he's getting. He can plead no comment while there is an ongoing investigation. I knew there was a purpose for that committee.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  251. Jeff

    Maybe those in TV journalism can use the same intensive pressure for the truth on some TEPCO executives. Radiation pouring out of 3 nuclear meltdowns might do me a lot more harm than a dirty picture on twitter ever will.

    Poor judgment? Yes. Crime? No. Let his family decide whether or not he's forgiven. Let his constituents decide if he stays in office. Let the rest of us move on to more pressing issues.

    Jeff
    Chicago, IL

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  252. ED , Houston , TX

    I canot understand those of the opinion that he shouldnot resign !!! what an example those people of power to the young generation !!!
    A lie after a lie after a lie , would you want to deal with this guy any more ?? I am afraid NOT.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  253. Bob D. pa

    I was a Marine Corps Officer, I took an oath, I took the oath seriously and if I had ever violated it by conduct unbecoming my Office I would have resigned in disgrace, If Rep Weiner should'nt resign for his actions and lies to cover it up then my sweat, tears and blood meant nothing, my oath meant nothing, I refuse to accept that analysis, seems harsh but he should drive up the West Point, speak to a few MEN who know what Honor is and then do the Honorable thing and resign.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  254. Joe Brennan

    Should he resign? Obviously. Will he resign? Not until his daily perks are outweighed by misery. Keep dragging him through his own cesspool until he says "uncle."

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  255. Frank

    Resign He lie and line how can you trust someone that has been liing over and over. please give me a breack. wheather it is a personal issued or not he lie to the American people would you trust him again?

    California

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  256. Mike

    From a human point of view he did what many wish they had the nerve to do...BUT from a married point of view he cheated on his wife. Done deal! From an ethics point of view...no brainer, resign! From a hypocritical point of view I am sure 90% of politicians should resign do to their failing ethics!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  257. Betty

    Jack, I do not like what Weiner did, however if we ask for his resignation then we have to ask for at least half of Congress to resign

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  258. Nancy Miller

    Of course he should resign. And why an ethics committee investigation led by, guess who, Nancy Pelosi, when unethical democrats aren't investigated ever, nor do they resign. This is a double standard. Weiner lied, lied, lied. He is a disgrace and he has to go!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  259. Nicholas Sones

    Wiener should step down, he needs to to in order to stop making the Democratic Party look stupid.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  260. Linda

    No, Anthony Weiner should not precipitously resign. Distasteful as his conduct was, it is as yet unclear that he has committed any crime, as have others who have been compelled to resign. Unless and until it is shown that he has committed a crime, he has a duty to remain at his post instead of leaving his constituents without representation in the House. If his constituents no longer want his representation, then they can terminate that relationship by voting him out of office next November. It is not for the rest of us to decide that his district cannot have the representative of their choice, no matter how disgusting we find his behavior to have been.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  261. Mo

    No, he should not. He was elected to lead and to fight for his district. The media should have no business in his sex life. He has the right to lie about his personal life as much as he wants as long as the general welfare of the people does not suffer. It is the descion of the residents of his district who decide to re-elect or replace him, not radical Republicans who jump at every chance to make the Democrats look foolish. It's time to think about how to fix the economy, not about some congressman's sex life.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  262. Sandra

    Yes, Weiner should resign. Unfortunately, he is only a product of our society's diminishing moral and ethical standards. There was a time when there would be no question about whether or not this man should resign. But gradually over the past 4 or 5 decades, our values have steadily declined. I've said it before, but truly Alexander Pope said it best when he wrote: "Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, that to be hated is but to be seen. But seen too oft, familiar with her face, we first endure, then pity, then embrace." That's what's happened to this society and it will not turn around until each citizen faces what we've become and turns back to our traditional values and responds accordingly to this kind of behavior.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  263. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    Weiner's insistence to remain in office means every day he'll face, among other things, declining credibility with his colleagues and constituents, his career taking a nosedive right before his very eyes, and embarrassment or consternation from his friends and loved ones. If he's smart, he'll cut his losses and resign now. He needs to spend time focusing on rebuilding a relationship of trust with his wife and get therapy or other professional help to get his left back on track.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  264. Ray - San Francisco

    Yes! Then join the Charlie Sheen road show! This one will be a big money maker..Duh..Weiner!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  265. Pamela

    Should he resign??
    You better believe it !!!!
    Lies,Lies and more Lies
    How can you believe anything he says.
    I REALLY feel sorry for his wife,she doesn't deserve this.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  266. Scott in Oregon

    Let's not forget a very important point. He was involved in online sexual relationships with "about" 6 other women. First, the word "about" leaves it open ended for just another lie. Second, how could he confirm the ages of the women he tweeted with. In fact, he can't and even if they were all over 18 do you think he cared? No! His obvious indifference to this fact points to a man that would've likely engaged in a relationship like this with a minor as long as he got his jollies. Let's remember the 21 year old in Seattle and he's a 46 year old newlywed!

    Should he resign? What do you think?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  267. Martin

    Considering how all those so-called upstanding congresspersons, mostly republican with help from some democrats, have helped screw up this country, Weiner is a child. Why don't you, the media, worry about important things, like how to give more benefits to corporations and the wealthy. Also, quit talking about Palin.
    Of course, I'm retired middle class, so I'm biased.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  268. PAT

    why should he resign, he is not the first man to have lied about infidelity and will not be last, even those who are asking him to resign all have something to hide.
    They should leave him alone. many more men will be exposed soon,
    Pat,

    June 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  269. Richard

    If a president can start a war on lies about WMDs and several appointed government officials can omit the truth about the reasons for the economic melt down, then Rep. Wiener should not be forced to step down. He did nothing illegal, unless it is found that he used congressional resources, which would be a violation of the rules. Politicians are not exactly known for their ability to tell the truth and why people are to be surprised that a politician lied to the people and the press about anything seems to be like ignoring an elephant in the room.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  270. Ana

    Weiner should resign because he is dishonest to the public and to his wife therefore he cannot be trusted. He is also immoral and in my opinion perverted. I wouldn't want to know what other skeletons he is hiding in his closet. A person is what they think, and he is disgusting.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  271. Manny

    I believe that anyone that makes a bonehead move should step down just for being stupid enough to get caught. But, it's up to the voters in the district to vote him out or forgive him.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  272. Janet Sheekey Weiss

    You are right on the money as usual, Jack. We all know the "ethics" of DC - but! I do not want a "weirdo" having anything to do with my country's laws. What would we look like to the world - we have enough problems - let's get back to international probems, the national debt, and unemployment

    June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  273. Renee Peoria,Ill

    Was he unfaithful? Is there a love child waiting in the wings? Even if there is more to the story, it sounds like a matter between him and his wife. We'll drive congressmen out over minor league sex scandals but I'm still waiting for a valid explanation for why there was no investigation into the false WMD's claim that resulted in two wars and countless lost lives. Hell, not even an apology from Bush or Cheney. Why has there never been an investigation into the Wall Street shenanigans that caused this economic mess we're in. WE being regular people, Wall Street has already recovered. This is precisely why this country is in the mess it's in. We concentrate on and sensationalize smaller scandals and let the big stuff go.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  274. Jennifer in TX

    Although Rep. Weiner's extracurricular activities are highly innappropriate and distasteful, I believe that this matter is between him and his wife and not his constiutents. It's human nature to lie when we are embarrased, which he very obviously was. However, if the Ethics Committee discovers that he used congressional equipment to contact these women, he should, and more than likely will, resign. But on the bright side, if Weiner finds himself out of a job, he could have a very promising career as the new Hanes Underwear Spokesman.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  275. Paul

    I don't think he should resign. This is an issue between Rep. Weiner and his wife and it does not concern the american people. He shouldn't have lied but it concerns me when people want a congressman to resign due to a personal mistake but not the numerous politicians who lied about Iraq having WMDs which ended up in a war responsible for the death of over 100,000 people. People need to get their priorities straight.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  276. Addi

    dunn...In this country anyone who get caught is a thief, if you are not caught yet you just doing great....Its a matter of how smart how are you decieving ppl because most of the ppl are doing the same filthy stuf. btw did any one resign on wrongly waged war?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  277. JT

    Only if Sen. David Vitter does first since Vitter actually did something illegal. Rep. Weiner did not meet that threshold.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  278. Suresh Kulkarni

    Absolutely must resign. I have spent most of the morning contacting Pelosi's office, the Democratic National Committee, my state congressional leaders and Anthony Weiner's office. And I am from the red state of Utah. Weiner is a lying degenerate specimen of our society and does not belong in Washington. He can join Spitzer on CNN.

    Suresh Kulkarni
    Perry City, Utah

    June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  279. Ken from Richmond, VA

    Of course he should resign and if you believe there's only six women involved just wait a few days. I'm sure just like his lies the number of women involved will multiply as well.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  280. Matt Vraspir

    No, looking at this situation pragmatically, I guess you can say that he made a huge mistake, but that does not overshadow his accomplishments made for the ninth district of New York. The media needs to lay off.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  281. brenda

    yes! HES COOKED

    June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  282. numberonecynic

    NO! He should not resign! His constituents will decide his fate.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  283. Lilli Gibson

    Yes! He should resign! Nancy Pelosi should have required it as with others. Ethics are not bound by party. Mr Weiner was caught! If he had not been caught he would have continued the perversion and continued to hurt his beautiful wife. If he can this easily lie about this to protect himself then he is capable of lying about anything including to his constituents. This may be the best thing that has happened to Weiner for him to get help needed but the actual bottom to his elevator is to lose his job. He cannot expect to have his job and not to have to pay a price for this ethical wrongdoing while being a servant of the people.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  284. Tom Barrister from Las Vegas NV

    Of course he should resign, but not because he tweeted a racy photo. What the man does in the privacy of his home with other consenting adults is nobody else's business, provided he did so on his own dime. His mistake was in not admitting it when first confronted. If he'd come clean immediately, he could have kept the damage to a minimum, and we would have all moved on. By lying to everybody, he lost credibility, and the clumsy and immature way that he tried to push it under the rug raises questions as to whether he can handle the duties and responsibilities of his office.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  285. william

    Jack, I think Weiner should resign for a better job. Let the people of the common side of the United States pour donation funds into his new job. He should investigate the Republican practices, corporate money for Republican campaigns, lack of policies for the people instead of corporate america, (lower case letters) and their very own republican ethics violations. And I pray that he work hard on this as he has all along.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  286. Gary Shipman

    I finally agree with you on something. Morals and integreity go hand in hand.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  287. Nancy Gaston

    Absolutely not! His passion has made him successful in Congress! The middle class needs him. If I had a dime, just a dime for every politician who has lied, I could pay off the national debt. Let him work this out with his wife. And, shame on you for airing a statement by Donald Trump! This guy is an opportunist and you are feeding his frenzie! You're acting as inappropriately as Weiner!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  288. SHIRLEY WALLER

    No I do not think that congressman Weiner should resign however he should receive some type of admonishment for his actions provided that he did not use government property for these actions. A lot of people calling for him to resign have probably done far worst in their life time,, grant you while not serving the public. ... I just believe that most people are hypocrites when it comes to someone else.
    i do not condone his lying about the matter however.

    Shirley – Detroit MI

    June 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  289. Mac in NJ

    No, Weiner should not resign. It's not as if he scammed the taxpayers out of billions and got rewarded for it. Nor did he lie and embroil us in wars. Yes, he behaved like an adolescent.

    But the same youthful spirits and pushiness he demonstrated in this affair is what he demonstrates every day in his job. We need people with his passion and intelligence in Congress.

    History is replete with great leaders who had personality flaws. I think it's part of the package that makes them who they are. It gives them color. In Weiner's case, it was natural that he lie. It was hardly a criminal offense, more a peccadillo. And who wouldn't balk at public embarrassment. Did he ever swear an oath to forgo a private life.

    Give it up, Jack. You're a bit of a blowhard.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  290. April

    No, he should not resign. I know this story is irresistible to the media but, sending some dirty pics over the internet and having phone sex has more to do with his marriage than his politics. This is really a personal matter. When election time comes, he'll find out whether or not he weathered the storm. Meanwhile, everyone just needs to MOVE ON, does anyone care that we're still paying $4+ for gas these days??!!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  291. yomamayo

    yes he should

    yesterday

    June 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  292. Curtis

    As long as Charlie Rangel is still a member of Congress I see no reason for anything other than a possible censure for Anthony Weiner. T he people in Rangels district do not care that he is a tax cheat so let Anthony Weiners constituents decide if lying about 'sexting' is serious enought to remove him in 2012.

    Bill Clinton lied to the entire world for 9 months about sex, and did not resign. The bar was lowered by Clinton and Anthony Wiener's transgressions do not come remotely close to Clinton's.

    Let me add, as far as we now know!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  293. Ryan Daugherty

    Entirely up to his constituents. He represents them, not the rest of us regardless of our opinions

    June 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  294. CW

    I really don't think the congressman should resign. He was wrong for what he did, especially lying to the public. However, he came out and told the truth. How many politicians continued with their lying? Although it's sad, and unacceptable, infidelity happens all the time. As long as he was not messing with any under age girls I think his infidelities is between him an his wife.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  295. Liz A

    Should he resign? Absolutely, you do not compartmentalize your behavior. If you lie and cheat in your personal life, you do so in your professional life also. He should not be so darn arrogant and just resign.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  296. Dalton

    The question of the hour, should rep. Anthony Weiner resign. Well, He with out sin cast the first stone. We all make mistakes, we all sin. Forgiveness is whats hard. It's easy to point fingers and call names, but what secrets(sins) do you have?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  297. Tim

    Sure why not have him resign, then we can ask the state of New York to hold a special election ... spend more money they don't have, and continue to slow down an already glacially slow government. GREAT IDEA JACK! No wonder the government is so broken right now. Get over it! Benjamin Franklin was renowned for having affairs, as was JFK; I Don't condone his behavior but there is private life then there is public life.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  298. Jessica

    As a leader and a politician, he should be held to a standard. Not only he had inappropriate exchanges with women but he also lied about it. Where is his morality? Wiener’s behavior is unacceptable. He should resign immediately.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  299. Bob D Morristown NJ

    Not for this. I still prefer politicians who lie to me about things that are none of my business. As far as I know nothing he did was illegal or corrupt, just bad taste and poor judgement. Let those without such guilt cast the first stone.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  300. keith

    You bet your wiener, he should resign.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  301. Zed 0

    Do not pretend that you've never done something stupid and then tried to cover it up by lying about it once or twice or ten times. All these posturing politicians should not pretend that they haven't either, or that they're not capable of doing so. It was his responsibility as a husband that was compromised, not his responsibility as a congressman. If we had our leaders resign every time they lied repeatedly about something, we would in total anarchy.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  302. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    Should he resign? As a former Brooklynite, I say–only if he starts wearing a stupid Donald Trump type combover and eats his pizza with a fork!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  303. Mike McLoughlin

    A United States Congressman uses his Congressional computer to send illicit messages to total strangers on the internet SHOULD resign. Setting himself up to be blackmailed by people that could have nefariously set up bogus accounts in order to snag a powerful prize ... DUMB, Anthony, DUMB ... Type out the letter of resignation, and sign it ... NOW

    What else has he done ...

    June 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  304. Lynne MacD

    Once "exposed" he should have confessed and taken a hike!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  305. Al

    He should resign the same day vitter does.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  306. Patricia Sherry

    He should resign, he lied to everyone. We dont need a Congressional ethics committee to tell us he should resign. How dare he say he won't
    step down. His constituants deserve better.
    There are so many problems in this country right now, we dont need
    a sleezy liar holding a seat in Congress spending his time on everything but helping us out of this economical disaster.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  307. David, Amherst, NY

    I can't wait for the day when a married politician gets outed for some kind of comparable transgressions but it turns out that they just happen to be secretly swingers, and the spouse is completely cool with it. What then?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  308. Brian (From Chicago)

    Here a shocker Jack...NO he should not resign! We expect our politicians to be perfect angels. They are held to hire standards than even our Catholic Priest. Priest don't resign when they go as far as molesting little boys, but a politician sends an inappropriate picture, lets throw him to the dogs. I am afraid if we require our politicians to be perfect, the brightest and best that may have a small skeleton in their closet will not run. They'll join the private sector and we will be stuck with nothing but Mormans running this country. No pun intended.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  309. Vincent

    I believe it would be in the best interest of everyone involved & affected by the Representative's actions if he resigned. It does not set a good example for others, especially for teenagers & children who are old enough to understand the behavior. Unfortunately for Respresentative Weiner, Congress, as well as the President & other public figures are indeed held to a higher standard than most.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  310. Jacqueline Murungi

    It is such a shame that there are some relevant political figures that are so intoxicated with sex. Instead of making a vital difference in our society and economy they are busy sex texting young girls. They need to start thinking with their heads. He does do not deserve to be in such positions that requires integrity, discipline and wisdom. He is not sorry about the situation, he is only sorry because he got caught. He should resign with immediate effect. No debate about it, period.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  311. Nancy in GA

    He should not resign. He hasn't done anything illegal, or politically wrong. What's important is his job, and if he's still passionate about it. And he's still one of the most passionate congressmen I've heard of, so I'm sure he will do his job even better, and is now incredibly motivated to do his job as well as he possibly can, to make it up to his constituents. That's good for New York, they need someone to work that hard for them.

    We've all lied about things that are embarrassing. If we hold lawmakers to a higher standard, they will snap like this. Now he'll work hard to earn back that trust, and his fate should be left to the voters, not other politicians.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  312. Natalie

    There is something mentally unfit about a man that is so reckless and with such uncontrolled impulsive behavior . Because of that coupled with the fact he lied so much I say he should go. Then his focus in his life should be to get himself some help.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  313. Kevin (from Denver)

    David Vitter not only did not resign after he actually committed a crime, he got a standing ovation on the floor of the senate for his actions.

    Should Mr. Weiner resign? I think that's a question only his wife and family, and his constituants should decide.

    Mr. Weiner is a human being. And the one thing we humans do really well is screw things up. When one becomes a political figure or sports icon or whatever, one DOES NOT stop being human. All those folks saying he should step down are living in glass houses! Lord knows THEY'VE never made any mistakes in THEIR lives!!!!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  314. Larissa Lachman

    What a disgrace! How can it even be debated?!
    Do we have such low standards?
    People should see him for what he truly is: a psychopat, a narcissist, a liar, an ambitious politician with no dignity.
    The dems should come out demanding his resignation.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  315. Ruth

    No. America needs to grow up and stop fussing over what people do in their private lives. I'm not happy that he lied but I can understand why. He was trying to avoid this three ring circus. The only thing that matters is how well he does his job. That's for his constituents to decide in the next election.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  316. Ed Phillips

    Yes but not for the acts.How do you support a congressman withthe ability to lie with such a straight face.Oh yeah I guess we do it every day.Never mind. Ed Charleston,Illinois

    June 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  317. Ken from NY

    Of course he should resign. Weiner has redefined the word hutzpah.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  318. Paul in St. Louis

    Of course he should resign. Even though I'm a life-long Democrat, this guy is a major creep/exhibitionist and shows terrible judgment. You can't separate this from who he is or what he does.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  319. Barbara

    I am very diapointed in Weiner but I don't think he should resign, he did not start any wars he did not put us in debt, I listen to these rep all day long as i can do this my age tells that i can do this i listen to the rep lie to us every day and they can tell some doozie, they can't wait to get our president out so that they can put our country in hell, as they all ready doing a good job, he Weiner doesn't say former president Reagan name ever day and get paid for it from Nancy ,poor Nancy still thinks her husbond is still in office. So I say Weiner your in, don't let them bother you just show us that you are better then what you have done.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  320. Dana from the Bay Area

    That question is beyond moronic. Of course he shouldn't resign. What he does in his private time is his own business. Should a police officer resign because he started having an intimate relationship with someone he met during a traffic stop? Should a Postal worker resign because he ended up sleeping with a home owner that he met on his route? Of course there's no evidence that the congressman slept with any of these women, unlike some other politicians in recent history.

    He better not resign because he's currently the only Democrat that will stand up for his beliefs and we need more Democrats like him and the President. CNN showed a clip of a blond woman asking the question "Who Does That" when ending her comments about the congressman. He is obviously out of touch with the Internet and my answer to her is EVERYBODY....

    The real question should have been, "Should the congressman's wife leave him". The answer is Yes.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  321. ReidinLA

    Jack- If Mr. Weiner decides to finally do the right thing he will resign. He hasn't done the right thing on his own yet, so don't hold your breath.....

    June 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  322. Robert LeBlanc

    The question about Rep Weiner, is not "What else does he lie about?" But, When is he telling us the truth?

    He is just like that boy that cried, "The Woff is coming."

    Yes, he should step down!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  323. Dr. Howard M. Pardue

    Jack,

    While I'm not attached to the "forgive all..anything goes liberal Californians" Weiner without reservation MUST resign. Because we make concessions for others who make serious errors in judgment, violate ethical standards and those who we place high expectations on we must expect those to illustrate the absolute highest standards of honest and moral conduct...He must go!

    Howard

    June 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  324. Dale from New Orleans

    No.
    Not only is this media fixation a non-issue, but so are the off-duty actions of this or any politician. Though it is a cultural problem in itself that under a lense there are few politicians who tell the truth or live up to their self-stated values, Weiner's constituents need only decide whether or not this will distract him from accomplishing his duties.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  325. fidgetwidget

    Yes and no.

    Yes, because he is simply a perv and what he did was ridiculously immature. He needs a long timeout and probably to write a thousand times "I will not tweet if I don't want my mom to see it." (And c'mon, do we really need another immature idiot on Capitol Hill?)

    No, because virtually every politician gets power-drunk and thinks with the wrong head. If Weiner has to resign, then every other airhead pol would need to do the same. If that happened, we'd have to hold a massive election to replace virtually every member of congress. (Honestly, do we really need another election on top of everything else that is wrong in this country right now?)

    June 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  326. Jute

    Yes. Mr. Weiner should resign. Our representatives need to live by some standards. Private business would have fired him.

    Why is it that the public figures that are the most demanding and critical of everyone else seem to be the ones with the most obnoxious closet issues?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  327. sally terry

    Yes, should'nt there be some expectation of honor, integrity ,character AND judgement in our elected officials. This bipartisan list of shameful behavior goes on and on....why would anyone want admitted liars and cheaters to represent them? I could care less about someone else's sex life but I do beleive if one is not honest in their personal life they are certainly not to be trusted in their public lives.....

    June 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  328. TedR

    Absolutely Not! If everybody who ever lied in Congress were asked to
    resign, there would be very few left at all to do the people's business.
    Weiner is a good congressman altho what he did was disgusting & sophomorically stupid. His constituents will take care of him in the next elections if they still want to return him to Congress. They can vote him out if they're fed up with him.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  329. Barbara

    Jack, is there anything that you like have you ever done any wrong, calm down

    June 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  330. Christina

    All you hypocrits out there calling Weiner out for lying would have done the same thing if the press found something personal about you and started hounding you over it. We all have to lie sometimes, don't let this one mistake cloud your judgement on Weiner. He lied, yes, but he lied about an issue that shouldn't have been getting press to begin with. If you are going to judge this man judge him based on what he is getting done for New York as a politician, if he has shown integrity and honesty in his work, I see no reason not to forgive this man for this personal flaw.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  331. Bobbi

    The sexting thing and whether or not it's "cheating" is between Weiner and his wife. I don't even care that he lied. I get that as a knee-jerk reaction to being accused. This isn't a "mistake." This is a character issue. And I think he needs to resign if only because because it was so stupid, self-destructive and downright juvenile. And I, for one, don't want stupid, self-destructive and juvenile in public office (any more). Now, who's next?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  332. Crazy Whit

    Most definitely!!! His moral compass is in the toliet. Allowing him to remain a House Represntative will add to the further moral demise of our country.

    Leadership by example!

    Semper Fi!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  333. Jay

    If Rep. Weiner was tweeting on America's dime instead of doing the business of the people (working with his co-workers to create jobs) then hell yeah he should resign.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  334. JR

    Those of you who share the views that "this is no big deal, it's a private matter, etc.", you clearly miss the point. Regardless of democrat or republican, you can't see that this clearly illustrates egregiously poor judgement (he possibly opens himself up to blackmail potentially compromising state secrets, etc. – this is a PUBLIC issue) and, of course, an obvious lack of integrity/character? We should trust this gentleman's judgement to tackle the most pressing issues our country faces when he can't even manage himself? He's the best person in that district to represent his constituents? And for those who like to hide behind the "so-and-so got away w/ more and didn't resign", should we also let all the murderers loose in this country because OJ was acquitted? Come on folks, it's an adolescent, poorly thought out response.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  335. Denise

    No, he should not resign. However, he should definitely be punished. I say turn him over to his wife, and allow viewers to watch in 3D! LOL

    On a more serious note, hopefully, he has learned a lesson about getting carried away on the social networking scene. He is a public figure, in the public eye, and he should act accordingly.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  336. John Alula

    how can a person with two faces be of any good to serving the public ... come on he should resign.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  337. Ron F (Chicago)

    Absolutely not! Rep. Weiner has been an outstanding congressman who speaks for those of us who do not have much of a voice, and who is not afraid to express his opinion in a forthright manner. His behavior is definitely regrettable, but does not warrant his resignation. Let the House Ethics Committee determine what – if anything – should be done.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  338. Tito in Ridgecrest

    The nice thing about representatives is their term is up every two years. Should he resign? Yes. But even if he doesn't, the citizens of his district will have a chance to make the decision for him in 2012.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  339. Joani

    It's really not about what he did.... It is THE LYING over and over and over. Also, he doesn't think he used government property...LOL He either did use it or did not. We needed a DEFINITE no I did not use it. I'm confident that they are going to find that he DID use government time and equipment. His credibility is gone.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  340. shannon g

    As a DEM, I do believe he needs to step down. This kind of behavior is unacceptable for anyone in public office. He allowed himself to get caught up in his thoughts of thinking this would not get out, which makes him come off as if he is above everyone else, NOT. If you can't learn from the idiots before you, who have committed scandals, then you are not in touch with reality.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  341. Carolyn Oz

    Let the people in his district decide. He's not my Rep, and it's not up to me, or to anyone else in the other 49 states. However, I personally feel the "shock" of his actions protrade by the media and others is hilarious and hypocritical. Cameras are built into almost every cell phone on the market. Add that with web cams, and digital cameras; who hasn't taken a naughty photo or two... maybe those few and far between people should decide.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  342. Pam holt

    makes you wonder jack, with all the stories we keep hearing about our leaders in cngress, perhaps this could be why our great country is going to he'll in a hand basket. with what's happening to our country, with the leadership of all these college educated people, I think for the 2012 presidential campaign, we should grab any uneducated jackass off the street to run, they could"t do any worse

    June 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  343. Toni Rapone Montana

    In financial investigations you follow the money, in psychological ones you follow the energy. Whenever Weiner appeared on television, his arrogance, aggression and bravado was always much more than required by the topic. Always too much energy which is the first clue. Like the schoolyard bully who is really a coward, Weiner always came across as defensive about his feared inadequacy and his bravado covered a basically low self-esteem. The strength of his overcompensation is the measure of the depth of his problem.

    Deficient self-image is always highly-charged emotionally and usually gets expressed in particularly emotional psychological areas like sex, personal relationships and public contexts like politics.

    It is always a matter of reveal yourself or be revealed. Following the energy with Weiner, it was just a matter time.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  344. a avrashow

    Nah, he didn't show anything but bad judgment and immaturity. I don't think it's adultery if there's no physical contact. Let the voter decide, if he decides to run again.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  345. Charles in NJ

    For his crass behavior and for his lying, he should resign or be told to resign, notwithstanding Madame Pelosi's double standards.
    As an management employee of a public company, I would have been immediately forced to resign if I did something even approximating this type of behavior. And, if I had found about such behavior from one of my peers or subordinates, I would have insisted on their immediate resignation.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  346. Tim

    Resign? Of course not. Didn't you people in the media learn anything from the Clinton/Lewinsky non-sense. Weiner is an adult. The women he tweeted are adults... and they engaged in his conversations without complaint. His personal life has nothing to do with his job. If he was using the office equipment for his playtime, that's another story... although not that big of one. Unless Weiner's weiner has six heads and can sing the Star Spangled Banner in harmony while it tap dances, it is not newsworthy and I have no interest in it. Cover the stories that are truly news. Why aren't the banking criminals and wall street mobsters investigated with the voracity that you've go after Weiner's flirts with? Put your efforts into the slaughter in Syria or any number of important issues that deserve your energy and the attention of the American public..

    June 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  347. paula s.

    i hope they all go, and we can start over. Resign or fire him. Lying has to stop.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  348. Jarret

    Yes. He lied about it. Although it does not effect the job he may be doing, he still lied. He is an adult and should start acting like one. We must start holding these clowns to a higher standard.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  349. CJ

    Yes, He should resign for two reasons – 1. He is a sexual predator and 2. he lied. As a nation we need to stand up, speak the truth, expect more from people who serve us and hold them accountable when they breach our trust.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  350. curtune440

    I am more upset about his blatant lying. I do not believe his apology for one moment. If he hadn't been caught, he would still be at it. His constituents should really take the time to evaluate him, especially in light of his stupidity and recklessness.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  351. annie

    No, I don't think Congressman Weiner should have to step down, he hasn't committed a crime. I'm not a big twitter/facebook fan/user, maybe this could be a teaching moment (miss Oprah already) for the capabilities/risks of our new social media platforms. Trump commenting on the story is strange since if I remember it right didn't he take Marla on the ski trip with Ivana and the kids? Personally, I think what ClarenceThomas did to Anita Hill was a lot wose than this.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  352. Allison

    Yes, I do feel that he should resign. When you work for the public you are held to higher standards. As an educator, I find that anything that is posted on a social website or through e-mail represents who you are. Individuals who work for the government are held to higher standards and needs to understand that there are consequences for inappropriate actions.... Maybe if our government officials started doing their jobs, instead of worrying about their love life, we may just see some positive changes.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  353. Annie, Atlanta

    Yes, right after David Vitter resigns. Vitter actually broke the law. That has been discovered about Weiner - yet.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  354. Jonathon Smith, Tempe, AZ

    In a time when we have illegal wars, looting of the middle class by Wall Street, erosion of civil liberties which have been a part of the American tradition not to mention the U.S. constitution....we're worried about Weiner's private exploits? Shame on the media for treating this like an issue – seems to me that everyone wants to be like TMZ instead of keeping people informed of things that actually affect people's lives.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  355. Annie, Atlanta

    oops – meant hasn't been discovered about Weiner, yet

    June 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  356. paul

    Not only should he resign, but all members of congress (yes, that's a lower-case "c") should go shoot themselves in the head.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  357. the_dude

    No Jack only republicans should resign when caught in a scandal. Democrats can do no wrong.....isn't that the party line you are supposed to be towing?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  358. Predo - Hamburg

    I never heard about the man in question before this scandal broke out Jack, but if every politician who lies would resign, you would be jobless in a minute.
    Let's get real; man should be judged on his job performance and not his sexual preferences and online flirts, as far as he's not breaking the law. After all, I would personally prefer a "boss" who takes care of his people and he can have 300 girlfriends/boyfriends on and off line, than a model family man who is making everyone miserable.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  359. CJ in CA

    Yes, He should resign for two reasons – 1. He is a sexual predator and 2. he lied. As a nation we need to stand up, speak the truth, expect more from people who serve us and hold them accountable when they breach our trust.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  360. David Emery

    Yes he should resign. Any politician, regardless of party affiliation, who lies like this should resign. The House should start really applying the intent of Ethics (and not quibble about "what 'is' is" like the bunch of lawyers they are...) His -conduct- is worthy of censure. Lying about it should be grounds for removal.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  361. R.D. Sanchez, San Antonio, TX

    Jack,
    We can all be disappointed about Mr. Weiner but why make him resign? The lies are nothing new in the capital and tweeting a few perverted pictures show poor character but we are told much bigger lies by most of the politicians in D.C. such as the economy is recovering and the Patriot Act is necessary . Let’s start making sense! Many issues are far more important and news worthy than Mr. Weiner’s tweets.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  362. Spock

    No doubt about it the Weiner Man must go... Why? He tried to slip us all the weiner

    June 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  363. John

    He may be the most honest politician in Washington after he confessed. Unless laws were broken, let the people of his state decide.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  364. Mike Zimmermann

    Did he break the law? No? Then let him keep his job. If his constituants don't want him after this then they can vote in someone else to replace him. That's how it works.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  365. OPP

    Let's get all the bankster crooked politcians to resign. You know, the ones influenced by those lobbying funds to create loop hole ridden laws that benefit themselves and the psychopathic investment banksters.

    But hey.... if you read half the messages on this board, you'd think a guy showing his crotch and bare chest is more dangerous to our country.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  366. Chip

    No. The reason so many republicans and democrats alike are silent on this issue is because they themselves have been posting in anonymity on all the major social media sites, texting, hanging out in chat rooms, etc.. doing the same thing. Looking for a hookup! Wiener is not alone in this behavior. It's become an American past-time for women and men sitting alone with a drink late at night bored with a computer and an internet connection. Those republicans that call for him to resign are mos tlikely "Vitter" type hypocrites themselves.

    Chip

    June 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  367. Richard McMillan

    Chris Lee resigned THIS year, not last year; and it was Boehner, not Pelsoi, who demanded that he do so.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  368. Mike

    Our moral standards have really hit a low point, when we start comparing perverts to determine which pervert is worse. What happened to RIGHT & WRONG?

    This jerk was sending unsolicited freak shots of his freaky body to strangers. He is a high tech flasher that set up a situation that was ripe for blackmail then he lied, lied, lied and lied some more. How can the clown be trusted with our national interests???

    Time for a great big Weiner Roast!!!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  369. Overby from Melbourne

    I've had enough of this weenie, I mean Weiner, already....throw him out and let's get on to the next moron....

    June 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  370. Alex from Duluth, GA

    Absolutely not. Private yet legal intimate interactions have absolutely no bearing on the ability for one to do his job. If Gingrich can run for the Oval Office with his sordid history, there's no reason Weiner cannot continue to represent the people of Brooklyn.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  371. Kari

    No. This has nothing to do with his politics. He is someone that inspires hope and challenges the old norms. He made a mistake and there aren't many politicians, if we look closely, that haven't done things that they'd be ashamed for us to hear.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  372. Robert

    Anyone who has watched this guy issuing baldfaced lie after baldfaced lie and can still find him credible, well, I've got a bridge. Just paypal me $10,000. I'll send you directions after the money is in my bank account.

    A shrill finger-wagger that flew too close to the social media sun and committed suicide. Whether he resigns or not, Pelosi or time will take care of this schmuck.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  373. Allan, Vancouver

    Yes!
    And the most astounding thing about the comments on this question is how many no answers were given.How low have US ethical standards sunk?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  374. JT from SF

    He should resign for support ing Obamacare and the economic policies of this administration (job Killers) – they all question his judgement and knowledge – he is an idiot for posting anything on the internet regardless of whether you are a congressman or a garbage collector – no offense to the garbage collector! Resign for pure stupidity and shame

    June 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  375. Chad

    NO! . He may have some marital issues to deal with but that is personal.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  376. smur

    No way should he resign!! This is the most run of the mill smear campaign that could be trumped up by those who have found his other FAR MORE inspirational speeches on the floor to be something of unflattering to the parties in question/targeted. If anyone falls for this, they should not attempt to dabble in politics in the first place, as this is typical social bureaucracy!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  377. C Scott

    A politician who lies. Now there's a shocker. All I care about in a politician is that he does a good job in office. What he does on his own time I couldn't care less about. Basically I see those politicians not involved in a scandal as those who simply haven't been caught...yet.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  378. Tom

    If you believe that your elected offical should be honest and not tell a lie, then he should resign. If you believe that your elected offical does not have to be honest and it alright for he or she to lie then he should not resign. In any case this is a sad commentary on the state of politics and society in this country today.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  379. Jim

    No, Let's keep him, at least we know he is a super liar....
    not so sure about the other 434.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  380. Lucy Law Webster

    Representative Anthony Weiner should not resign. He is one of our best and clearest spokespersons in Congress, and as a New York City Democrat I value his work for ordinary people in our country. I hope he will stand firm and will not leave Congress. Although his Twitter emails were a serious mistake and his lies were even worse, I do not think that any of this affects his ability fo contribute to the policy and economy of our nation. We should all put national issues before personal consideratins.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  381. Robbie

    Most definitely and anyone else involved in such disgusting behavior on the people's dime. He not only lied about it but publically accusing another person is despicable. Our public officials are supposed to be setting an example and doing the people's business. If one of my employee's was caught doing this on company time or company property they would be gone. Why should he be any different?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  382. Sandra Williams

    Good budget move...if all the liars in government offices would resign we could close up the offices, save on salaries and get just as much done – maybe more!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  383. Itsmeagain

    His constituents should decide. But if he resigns, all those covering up lewd behavior should resign, which could get complicated.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  384. Michael Kemly

    Jack,
    I pause only because the question seems absurd. Is there really any reason he should keep his position? Is he an elected official who violated the public trust? Yes. Is his actions unbecoming of a representative of the State of New York to the US Congress? Yes. Did he first attempt to deceive and lie about his inappropriate actions? Yes.
    I think the question is silly, but hey we live in silly times, don't we.
    Mike

    June 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  385. Brad

    I don't think he should resign..It will make him a better politcian than ever knowing everyone will be watching his every move.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  386. Damie

    Absolutely he should resign. If he is so dumb he hasn't learned from others' experiences, then he is too dumb to be in Congress. We need serious people to do serious work to get this country on a sustainable path.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  387. Gollum in Ohio

    Yes, yes, YES! Get out. He is a ridiculous person and has shown his real colors. Loser.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  388. Charles Adams

    Weiner should quit. His big mouth, bully modus operendi has been offensive and is damaging to Congress working cooperatively and doing what is best for our country. Arrogance is not an endearing characteristic.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  389. Mike M

    This man has crossed the line, and then some...

    When you're an elected official, and you do questionable acts, then lie about them, how can you asked to be trusted.

    It's also been reported that there's an X-Rated photo that has not been released yet.

    How can Rep. Anthony Weiner continue to serve?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  390. KK Denver

    No way Jack, He just has to say that his earlier misrepresentations were not intended to be factually acurate

    June 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  391. Fred Moore

    Yes, the congressman should resign. Certainly, his behavior is questionable. But the lying and unwillingness to immediately take responsibility for his actions brings his integrity into question. Even in taking responsibility for his actions, the congressman showed little regret but did seem to get quite indignant. One might think he was coerced into coming forward. With great power comes great responsibility. I would add this congressman's name to the list of those who cannot handle the responsibility.

    Fred

    June 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  392. Paul

    Of course he should.

    Not only did he disgrace his party and government,
    He disgraces any sense of morality that a supposed
    leader of 'liberalism' may possess.

    He should do the peoples elected government a favor
    and exit now.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  393. brad

    He has to resign as a representative to a constituent base. Even though I disagree with what he did on a moral basis, I dont believe the act calls for impeachment or resignation (think clinton). However, the persistent and emphatic lying calls for immediate expulsion. Where does he draw the line. One can't assume that he is honest otherwise.

    Find the justification by some of the far left super liberals hysterical, as funny as the excuses given on behalf of the right wing politicos during missteps of judgement.

    Where is the accountability?

    Frustrated,

    Party of One

    June 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  394. david

    I feel bad for his wife, but he didnt commit crimes. I don't vote for people because they are nice husbands –

    let him ride out the end of his term and then see if he gets put back into office

    June 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  395. ConernedNetizen

    If Charlie Rangel can continue on after all he has done, then this guys probably in the clear..

    June 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  396. Lucy Law Webster

    Anthony Weiner should not resign. He is one of the best spokes persons for the people. As a New York City Democrat, I hope he will not leave office. We need him.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  397. Dana from the Bay Area

    Who ever said the congressman scolded the media for questioning his answer wasn't paying attention. He was scolding the media like Dana for interrupting him and not allowing him to talk about what he wanted to talk about.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  398. dems be dopes

    More like a badge of honor if a Dem gets caught..........

    Slap on the wrist, then a promotion

    June 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  399. Jill Shelton

    Weiner should resign and Bill Clinton should have been made to resign. All politicians should be above reproach and a role model for all Americans. There should be a strict rule or law that would automatically impeach all political leaders for lying to the American citizens, it is unacceptable!!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  400. Bill - Chattanooga

    No, he should not resign. Currently, he has broken no laws nor has anyone made claim that he has. He has had no physical contact with anyone and his new wife is not leaving him as of air time. This incident may not set well with his constituents, and they will decide whether he should leave his job at the voting polls, but he is still a viable elected official and can conduct the government's business without hinderance if the media will only focus on more important issues like the Fukushima disaster where its now been made public that 3 reactor cores did in fact melt down. But as we all know, gossip is bank.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  401. son1

    For anyone who says he shouldn't resign then I say from here on out, any Republican who gets caught in this situation should not resign either. Its been proven that those from the right and the left elitist believe they are superior over all of us and can tell us how we are supposed to live our lives yet they cannot be held to the same rules. Scew them all !

    June 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  402. Mark Hot Spring's AR

    When Rep Weiner is up in the air,he's at the head of the Dem party.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  403. Dean

    Yes, he should go. This isn't a Republican or Democrat issue. It's an issue as to whether this guy has the character to serve. He doesn't. Whether he has forfeited the public trust. He has by lying about it. The guy is a creep. Period. We excuse too much of this type of behavior. We should expect more of our political leaders. And saying this was on his private time is no excuse either. It's about who he is, and he is one sad bastard. It's time for government officials who behave like this to go, and if Nancy Pelosi can't see that, then she should go with him.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  404. Burbank from CA

    Yes he should resign. He has demonstrated that he is an untrustworthy person. If this is the way he treats his wife, how trustworthy would this person be on keeping any of his campaign promises?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  405. Esprit64

    You know what is sad about this question? That we actually have to ask it. What does that say about us as a society?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  406. Robyn Fenty

    A married congressman tweeting, facebooking and calling young girls. Sounds creepy. Please resign you lying pervert.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  407. NY Democrat

    He should resign. Politicians break promises or make flawed predictions, and then lose re-election as a consequence. This is different - this disgraceful man knew one thing to be true, then lied repeatedly about it. Why should we accept lawmakers who are so cavalier regarding truth and public trust? He is dishonest and frankly, it's now obvious that he's just not very bright. It's hard enough to choose representatives who will make good judgments on our behalf –no American should want anyone in government with these proven flaws.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  408. Troy Ibnice

    Some of you are just as dumb as he by allowing him to be able to keep on doing this nasty stuff. He is a pervert and you libs think it is ok to be a pervert. The last repub. that did something like this got showed the door fast. Dems hold on to perverts and liars. Maybe libs should look up the word morals. He is a pervert and needs to be fired. Strange how libs think its ok to do what ever you want to do ands its ok.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  409. Eric

    There is no place to hide when you Tweet a boner as big as Weinergate. Resign and grow up.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  410. Scott B

    When the story first broke about his twitter account being hacked; I thought it was a ridiculous story and not worthy of headlines. I didn't know much about Weiner other than he was a Congressman for that he had the benefit of my trust; I expect Congressman and woman to be better than this and I want to believe that they are.

    Then it turns out the joke is on me. It's disgusting behavior but worse, its a violation of the trust that I want to have in public officials.

    It's apparent that Weiner has no dignity and subsequently won't resign; hopefully his peers value the trust and confidence of the American people and will force him out of office.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  411. Dr. G.

    Mr. Weiner needs to:
    1) Resign Immediately
    2) Seek Professional Help and Once Rehabilitated....
    3) Seek Political Office and Let The Voters Decide His Political Fate

    June 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  412. TJ

    I love the people who say his lying doesn't reflect his politics. Just listen to yourselves for a second. Of course he should resign.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  413. Yuriy

    I’ve lived in America for a year now, and I’m still puzzled with this compulsory pan-American frenzy against sexuality. Maybe politicians should be temporarily castrated for the office duration as to minimize distractions from serving the public. Politicians send American youth to distant countries to be blown into pieces for a private financial interest; the president humiliates himself in front of a foreign nation lobby, pledging loyalty to a foreign country. Health care is beginning to be a luxury, paying out the debt now sounds a utopia, – but the country is totally fixated on someone’s internet flirtations. Private life is what that’s called; private sexual life. Married or not, that’s his private life issue. No, he should not resign, he should tell everyone to go to hell and refuse discussing his private sexual life, period. If he loses election, so be it, – can’t anyone have a sense of personal dignity now?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  414. Scott in Texas

    Why? Did La.'s David Vitter (R) resign after it was reveled he was seeing Prostitutes, of course not. There are always differing standards for the GOP. Sexting is not breaking the vows of marrige.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  415. jim d

    Jack, can't wait to see just how long it will take for someone to hire Anthony as a radio, TV announcer. Seems like the more you mess up
    the better spot you get in front of the camera or mike. Shame, shame.
    jdd

    June 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  416. Joyce R.

    He should not resign. The timing of this exposure is suspect to me given his call for Justice Thomas to disclose information. Then you add Andrew Breibart and wonder why was he even involved to begin with. The shame is the Republicans have done worst and they continue in their positions, so why not Congressman Weiner? The biggest disappointment is to his wife and she has to be the one to forgive him. Not one person on this blog could stand up without sin and declare this man should be "shunned." He is great at what he does for Liberals in this country and Americans in general. He should stay and continue doing his job-that is what he should be measured on, not his stupid antics that no one would even know about it wasn't for people looking to destroy him to begin with.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  417. dfas

    Why resign when all he did was lie. Then they should all resign since they are lieing to us everday.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  418. Clark1b

    no way ... we need men that lie to us ... and then tell us they will take full responsibility for there actions and then tell us they won't resign.

    so he takes full responsibility ... but none of the accountability. And a lot of the responders above think that is good and are more than willing to follow this leader whereever he leads them.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  419. Cynthia-494

    Yes, he is a liar and can not be trusted

    June 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  420. Penelope

    Yes, as I tell my very young children, "bad choices have consequences!" And he has made so many bad ones on so many different levels. Whatever happened to accountability??

    June 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  421. Brenda

    He should keep his job...what he did was just nasty. Now his wife should fire him as a husband...what on earth was he thinking?

    June 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  422. Don (NY)

    Why are we worried about a guy who sent a non-nude photo of his crotch to a 21 year old woman when we also have Peter King representing the state. King is an admitted, unapologetic supporter of a terrorist group (IRA) that killed thousands of innocent civilians. Nothing Representative Weiner did comes anywhere near King's level of lying and hypocrisy.

    One other thing...I remember Rep. Weiner standing on the floor of the house, railing against Republicans who were holding up the Zadroga bill just before the New Year's break. This is NOT the guy that we should take out the shovels and pitchforks for. Send the angry mob home.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  423. Mike

    No. If anything he should thumb his nose at this administration and run against Obama. He would win easily.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  424. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Based on their performance, nearly every member of the House and Senate should resign for practicing malfeasance of the first order.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  425. Earlerich

    Of course he should resign. How can the U.S. send our citizens to war when the decision to fund a war is made by people who have the emotional maturity of an eleven year old.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  426. Sandra From Massachusetts

    Politicians lies that’s the bottom line, however Weiner lives up to his name (whiner.) Were his crocodile tears supposed to impress the media or his wife? I pity his wife. He should resign. It’s no longer a private issue when you publicly lie. Moreover what else is he lying about? Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Please just resign.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
  427. allens

    he is a vile person. he not only let his family down, but due to his position, he let his country down. he needs to go. being the spineless politician he is, he will drag it out, and keep america from moving forward.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  428. Arbour

    Short answer: Yes, he should resign. If he has no problem cheating and lying to his wife, then again lying to us, how does one know next time he is telling the truth? When a person loses his crediblity, he is no longer able to serve in a important position such as a congressman when integrity is most important. He should focus on recovering from his addiction and re-earn his wife and public's trust in him. Then if the voters want him back, he can run again in the future. After all, we believe in giving a person second chance. But he must focus on "change" that we can believe in.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  429. kim C, rsvl

    I hope it doesn't come to that. I think he should not resign unless the eithics committee determines that he actually did something illegal. Until then, it's an issue between him and his wife as far as I'm concerned. I think Anthony Weiner has one of the most important voices in politics today, and I'm personally very sad to see this meltdown. He should get help, but not necessarily resign.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  430. John in Colorado

    Hi Jack: Weiner has got to go. He should resign. If he wants, he can run again But I have a problem with both his behavior: sending the lewd messages and the lying about it afterward. The one thing our leaders really need is integrity and judgement. He might have survived if he had admitted his fault when it was first pointed out. But the lying goes beyond the pale.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  431. Rick Bellendorf

    It would be wonderful if Republican's and the media would move past their fixation on what Congressman Weiner has in his shorts and get back to the business of the nation....the economy! "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

    Rick
    Las Vegas

    June 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  432. t howley

    this guys is not only a disgrace to his family and his constituents, but to his party and this country – but, if all the slime-balls in DC were to follow suit, there would not be a quorum present for any roll-call votes in the Congress – as Bella Abzug would have commented " this Weiner has to go " !

    June 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  433. 2011eyes

    Peculiar how Republicans concentrate on Democrats. Do you get instant notification from Republicans on personal matters that do not concern them. Ask questions about what Republicans have done to this country in the past administration and are still trying to get away with in making more of a mess. Just a thought.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  434. Mike Nigh

    Should he resign? Let's be clear. An individual elected by the people and paid by the people, lied to the people. Rather he did it on his time or our time, when confronted with it, he lied. I believe that is a violation of personal ethics and professional ethics. His 'word' is no longer acceptable tender. Yet we will be subjected to a full round of 'hearings', further delaying the work of the people.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  435. Steven

    Wiener should resign, and give up any claim to retirement benefits. We expect more from our elected officials. Officials that do items that embarrass themselves in my opinion should be executed. Their family members may also be condemned. I know that I am extreme, but these people ran for the position and if they make mistakes that should not be made they should pay an extreme price. I believe that congress has gotten away with too much and the price should be great. I would kill or jail their grand children. I am extreme, but these people do not get their impact.

    June 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  436. Tom Stites

    Yes – Elected congressional service is 24-7, similar in many ways other institutions: religious orders, military services, and marriage. Each has a distinct set of established behavioral standards. Weiner's public and repetitive lying demonstrates his awareness of standard deviations he felt he must not admit to.

    A democracy that places individual rights ahead of all behavioral standards, institutional or societal, does not exist... although it appears America is attempting to be the first.

    June 7, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
  437. JENNA

    Should Rep Weiner resign?

    Like how Republican Senators John Ensign or David Vitter? Or how about Republican Senator Larry Craig, he got arrested fo gosh sake.. he didn't. What about SC Gov Mark Stanford? He didn't resign even though he went to Argentina to see his MARRIED lover..

    So why would ANY Republican demand Rep. Weiner to resign?

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    PS As a liberal and a Democrat I am extremely disappointed with his actions and do not support what he did. He put himself on the level of Ensign, Vitter, Craig, etc.. So sad. I feel for his wife.

    June 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  438. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    No Jack, and here's why:
    Unlike Tea Partiers, Birthers, Deathers, and the like, Weiner started out on a bad course, realized it was only going to make things wors for him (and everyone around him) and manned up.
    He changed course, changed intentions and took responsibility.

    He stood up and let the blood crazed "lame stream media" ask him the same few questions till they got hoarse. He's had enough punishment.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:39 am |