King on Weiner: ‘I Don’t See How He Stays On’

Congressman Peter King appeared on the Don Imus show this morning and stopped just short of calling for the resignation

Congressman Peter King appeared on the Don Imus show this morning and stopped just short of calling for the resignation of his embattled colleague, Anthony Weiner.

“He’s not going to be effective in Congress,” King said. “I don’t see how he can represent his constituents. What he does over the next few days is really up for him. I just think it’s going to spiral so fast that I don’t see how he stays on, but right now I leave that decision to him.”

King is a Republican, but he’s taken up for Democrats in the past. Last year, he was the lone Republican to argue against censure for his colleague, Charlie Rangel. But he and Rangel were longtime friends–a characterization King resisted with regard to Weiner.

“We are friends to the extent we know each other,” King told Imus. “We’ve also had some pretty high-profile fights. But I always got along with Anthony.”

King was, of course, the target of Weiner’s ire in an unhinged rant on the House floor, that became a YouTube sensation and cemented Weiner’s reputation as a liberal fighter. The two later sat together at the State of the Union, in a show of bipartisan unity.

King did not share Imus’s surprise that House Speaker John Boehner hasn’t yet called for Weiner’s resignation.

“For a Republican leader to jump in right now, would turn this into a partisan issue,” he said.

Here’s the video:

King on Weiner: ‘I Don’t See How He Stays On’