Anthony Weiner is not going anywhere soon. In what appears to be a video shot on a cell phone, the New York Post interviewed Weiner briefly in Manhattan, where the congressman stood jacketless in Thursday's hundred-degree heat outside his lawyer's office. "I betrayed a lot of people and I know it and I'm trying to get back to work now and try to make amends to my constituents, and of course to my family of course," he told the Post. "I'm going to go back to my community office and try to get some work done."
Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats are reiterating their interest in Weiner's resignation under the assumption that continued media coverage of the scandal will only hurt the party. At least eight Democratic colleagues are calling for Weiner to step down, and presumably, so is the entire Republican party. “I take no pleasure in these types of stories at all,” Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, told ABC News. “I just want this off the front page so we can actually start tackling the problems, start growing our economy, start creating jobs."
New Yorkers, too, seem ambivalent about Weiner remaining in office. One survey from Tuesday showed 46 percent of of the city's residents want the congressman to step down. These numbers differ from those that Weiner cites as justification for him to stay in office. A New York 1 survey of 500 New Yorkers, also out Tuesday, found that 51 percent of New Yorkers want Weiner to stay. "It’s worth keeping in mind that New York is overwhelmingly Democratic. Partisanship can run high in this town. Moral outrage, maybe less so,” said ABC New pollster Gary Langer.
Out of all the critics and supporters, one may be more influential. According to ABC's Democratic source, Weiner is telling colleagues that his pregnant wife Huma Abedin "wants him to stay and fight."
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