Nancy Pelosi Calls For Anthony Weiner Ethics Inquiry


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, are calling for an investigation into Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) over the series of inappropriate conservations.

“I am deeply disappointed and saddened about this situation; for Anthony’s wife, Huma, his family, his staff and his constituents,” Pelosi said in a statement released on Monday night.

“I am calling for an Ethics Committee investigation to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred.”

Israel added: “Congressman Anthony Weiner engaged in a deep personal failure and inappropriate behavior that embarrassed himself, his family, and the House. Ultimately, Anthony and his constituents will make a judgment about his future .

“To remove all remaining doubt about this situation, I agree with Leader Pelosi’s request that the House Ethics Committee use its authority to begin an investigation.”

The calls by Pelosi and Israel for an ethics investigation dramatically raise the political stakes for Weiner. While he stated repeatedly during an emotional press conference on Monday that he had broken no laws nor violated House ethics rules, a probe by the House Ethics Committee could find differently.

And it also could provide Pelosi and other Democratic leaders with political cover to call on Weiner to step down. So far, none of his Democratic colleagues have called on him to give up the seat that he first won in 1998.



  1. I believe that the last word of the first paragraph should be “conversations” (not “conservations”). Please correct. ty

  2. Not that I’m rooting for this menuval, but I’m convinced if he wasn’t Jewish they’d give him a free pass. Think Pollard, Rubashkin, Samet… we’re in golus.

  3. “I’m convinced if he wasn’t Jewish they’d give him a free pass.”

    Wrong. Chris Lee isn’t Jewish, and he resigned immediately. (And a Democrat won his seat.)

  4. If he was a republican he would have been gone from the first second because the right holds their people to a higher standard. With the left, its no big deal to do kol dover assur because its totally expected.

  5. No. 7: You have a short or selective memory. Remember Larry Craig, the Republican US Senator from Idaho, caught soliciting in an airport bathroom? Remember the Republican US Senator from Nevada, who had an affair with the wife of one of his high-ranking employees and then tried to cover it up with a $96,000 “gift” and a jump-start to a career as a Washington lobbyist? Remember the Republican Governor of South Carolina, who redefined “hiking on the Appalachian Trail” as “visiting my mistress in Argentina”? Remember Tom Delay, Republican former whip in the US House of Representatives (no sex scandal there, unless you count his costume, or his partner’s costume, on that TV show “Dancing with the Stars”)?

    If you are going to keep a “corruption score,” do a better job of counting. And don’t forget where the “gate” of “Weinergate” comes from.

    And one more thing: Does anyone remember the jokes (good-natured at the time, now prohetic) that Mr. Weiner made in the last 2 months about House Speaker John Boehner’s pronunciation of his own name (pronounced BAY-ner)? Perhaps Mr. Boehner should advise Mr. Weiner to hereafter pronounce his name “WAY-ner”. “WAY-ner” would be consistent with my expectations for Mr. Weiner’s soon-to-be waining political career.

    No. 8: Please don’t insult toast. It’s delicious.

  6. #7 also forgets David Vitter, Republican Senator from Louisiana, who did exactly what Eliot Spitzer did, but got re-elected with the enthusiastic support of the Republican Party. At least Spitzer had the dignity to resign (as did Chris Lee).