Anti-Weiner voices are beginning to rise in the halls of Congress
Rep. Anthony Weiner announced yesterday that he would not resign in the wake of his Twitter scandal, but pressure is beginning to mount on the New York congressman to step down -- most of it is coming from Republicans.
Today we heard the first high-profile call for Weiner's resignation, made by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). "We've got a lot of serious challenges going on in this country and a lot of work for Congress to do. The last thing we need is to be immersed in discussion about Congressman Weiner and his Twitter activities," Cantor said, according to Roll Call. "I certainly don't condone his activity and I think he should resign."
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said the same. "Congressman Weiner's actions and deception are unacceptable and he should resign," Priebus said in a statement released by the RNC. "We do not need an investigation to know he lied and acted inappropriately, we need a resignation."
The top Democrat in the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), has not called on Weiner to resign, but she has requested a House ethics investigation into whether Weiner misused any congressional resources or violated any House rules in the process of liaising. "I am deeply disappointed about this situation," Pelosi said yesterday in a statement released by her office. The New York Times reported Tuesday morning that Weiner has found few defenders in his own party.