Anthony Weiner’s Problem Is the Media, Says Rangel [Video]

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Rep. Rangel says there's no reason for Rep. Weiner to resign. (photo credit: azi paybarah / observer)

Rep. Charlie Rangel said there’s no reason for his Democratic colleague, Anthony Weiner, to resign, and that he could be an effective congressman “if the press gets off his back.”

Rangel, who survived his own ethics investigation last year for improperly reporting his financial assets, said there’s no reason for Weiner to step aside.

“Not one person has given any reason for a resignation,” said Rangel. “The Constitution is abundantly clear” on describing appropriate conduct for Congress members.

“He wasn’t going with prostitutes. He wasn’t going out with little boys. He wasn’t going into men’s room with broad stances,” Rangel said. “I mean, All of those I understand; I’m 80 years old. But high-tech stuff like this, I can’t respond. But I know immoral sex when I hear it from other members, and no one has screamed for their resignation. So I don’t know why they’re selecting Anthony.”

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, of Manhattan and Queens, was less supportive. She said she’s not sure if she’d support him for re-election, since it’s unclear who will be on the ballot.

And Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he hadn’t heard of any plans to re-draw Weiner’s district out of existence, joking that the two seats New York must lose “could be two Republicans.”

Silver, noting that the lines will are expected to be re-drawn by an independent for the first time, jokingly added, “I don’t know what those professors are going to do.”

This was all the reporters wanted to talk about, as one by one, elected official left a press conference this morning honoring Iranian bloggers for promoting democracy through the use of social media.

Weiner was originally scheduled to be among the attendees, but his name was removed once his problems with Twitter became known.


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  2. Anonymous says:

    No his problem is he likes to take picture and send them, and when caught he “LIES”,just like Bill Clinton.

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  3. Coachluc1 says:

    Since when does Rangel’s opinion on ethical conduct matter?

  4. I have always thought Rangel was an idiot, now I know it for sure.  None of what has happened with Weiner has to do with high tech stuff.  There was no one hacking of anything by anyone.  Weiner did it all.  The man is a pervert.  There is no way in hell that he can be an effective congressman. He is a laughing stock.  Anytime he opened his mouth to talk about anything to do with this country or his state, people are not going to take him seriously.  They will be laughing at him. Anytime people see him anywhere, they will be pointing their finger and whispering about him.  The picture of him standing in front of a mirror wrapped in a towel while holding his crotch is disgusting.  It is not only disgusting, it shows that he is an arrogant SOB that doesn’t care about anyone but himself.
     I am not from his state, but I can guarantee you, if I was, he wouldn’t get my vote for dog catcher.  I feel very sorry for his wife, especially since she is pregnant, but if she stays with this man after this fiasco like Hillary stayed with her cheating husband Bill, she deserves what she gets.  
    Someone needs to tell him to step down and stop making a fool of himself by displaying his short commings.  He has nothing to be so proud of.  If he can’t do any better than he has so proudly displayed, he should keep it very well covered. No one is impressed!