Daily Archives: June 9, 2011

Anthony Weiner, ideologue

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY-9)

Anthony Weiner is the biggest ideologue in the House. That’s why he might stay on through this session of Congress, or longer.

Anthony Weiner under pressure

True, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY-9) is under a lot of pressure. Everyone expected Republicans to say that he ought to resign his House seat. But now several Democrats have said it. Former Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia started it. Then Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania, the woman in charge of recruiting people to run in 2012, put in her two cents. That was only the beginning. Michael Michaud of Maine said that Weiner ought to walk away; his colleague in the House did not agree. Niki Tsongas became the only member of her Massachusetts delegation to ask Weiner to resign. (She is also the only female member of that delegation, as Boston Herald columnist Margery Eagan reminds her readers.) At least three other Democrats have joined in. This does not include former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who made an official referral to the House Standing Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (“the Ethics Committee”).