Since his lewd texts spilled into public view a few weeks ago, much has been made of the lonely Washington existence of Anthony Weiner, a man apart from most of his colleagues in the congressional delegation.
But, while Weiner grated on many of his House colleagues, he was relatively close, and always deferential, to the state’s senators–even after his junior colleague, Kirsten Gillibrand, leap-frogged him into the U.S. Senate.
Weiner unabashedly tied his career to Senator Chuck Schumer, who he served as a legislative aide, before running for a Council seat largely on his Schumer pedigree. And so, Schumer–who never joined the calls for Weiner’s resignation–issued something of a sad statement in the wake of his protege’s resignation today:
“On this sad day, we should not forget that Anthony Weiner was an effective and passionate advocate for the people he represented in Brooklyn and Queens. He has served his community, city, and country well for over two decades. I wish him, Huma, and his family only the best.”
Weiner was less close to Gillibrand, who joined him in Congress in 2006, but he emerged as one of her most able defenders when she was chosen to replace Hillary Clinton in 2009. While many of their colleagues grumbled–quietly or openly–about her appointment, Weiner became her go-to, on-the-record defender within the delegation.
Gillibrand’s statement today was matter-of-fact:
“It has become clear this is the right decision for Anthony, his family and his constituents. My office will work to ensure the needs of all the constituents of the 9th Congressional District are fully served in Washington.”