Skip to comments.Newser causes more trouble for Rep. Anthony Weiner (Byron York weighs in)
Posted on 05/31/2011 2:21:46 PM PDT by abb
After retaining legal counsel in a case in which a lewd photo was sent from his Twitter account to a 21 year-old female college student, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner says he will no longer answer questions about the matter. The matter has become a "distraction," the outspoken Democrat told reporters Tuesday, and he intends to spend his time working on congressional matters and not answering questions about what has become known in furious Internet speculation as "Weinergate."
In a performance that might please a defense attorney but would make a public relations consultant cringe, Weiner, who has said his Twitter account was "hacked" and also that he was the victim of a "prank," one-by-one refused to answer six of the most pressing questions about the controversy:
1) Was the photo in question of Weiner himself?
You know, look, I'm not going to talk about this any more. I think that if I was giving a speech to 45,000 people, and someone stood up and heckled in the back, I wouldn't spend three days talking to him. I'm going to get back to the conversation I care about.
2) Why hire a lawyer?
I've put out a couple statements over the last couple days. I would refer you to those to answer these questions. I understand you're doing your job, but I'm going to go back to work.
3) Why not report the matter to Capitol Police?
I put out a statement about that over the last couple of days. I put out a couple of statements. I mean, I'm trying my best, I've spent a couple of days cooperating and trying to help you do your job, but at a certain point I've got to get back to work and I think we've reached that point today.
4) Was the account hacked, or was Weiner the victim of a prank?
I'm not convinced that there's any value any more of me talking about it. I understand you've got to do your job, and I'm going to get back to work. There are some enormously important things, and I believe this has been a distraction. I'm not going to let it be so any more.
5) Why was Weiner following a 21 year-old college student on Twitter?
I appreciate the questions. I understand you're doing your job but this is now a couple of days later, I've got to finally get back to work and focus on things I want to focus on.
6) Is Weiner concerned about the security of Facebook and Twitter accounts?
I'm going to return to working on things that I care about. I've participated in the story a couple of days now, given comments on it. This is a distraction and I'm not going to let it distract me.
Near the end of the news conference, a reporter said to Weiner, "This distraction might go away if you answered some of the questions that are out there." A pensive looking Weiner quickly responded: "I'm not convinced of that. I'm not convinced of that."
At the moment, there is no publicly available proof either that Weiner sent the photo or that he was the victim of hackers. Weiner has expressed a desire to "move on." But many members of Congress have Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the possibility that those accounts could be sabotaged by someone seeking to destroy a politcian's career is troubling. For that reason alone, it seems likely that public officials, if not Anthony Weiner himself, will want to know more about what really happened in this case.
Don't flatter yourself, Tony. It's not that big of a distraction.
Link to video of presser.
One of the many questions from which Weiner will be shrinking.
By the end of the week, it will shrink in importance.
” Why was Weiner following a 21 year-old college student on Twitter?”
That's one helluva an admission if you read between the lines. Even if it turns out the photo is not him and it somehow was hacked, it sounds like the potential "why were you following" revelations will lead to nothing good for the Congresscritter.
That video - wow!, what a flaccid performance.
Reckon his attorney told him to STFU because he had already shot his big mouth off too much? Funny how he went from being all incensed to just wanting to “move on” and get back to his “important work” in about two days.
Guilty creepy prevert, dare I say it, caught with his pants down.
Now on CNN Situation Room.
“I’m going to go back to work.”
Sounds eerily like Bill Clinton after he lied about being involved with Monica Lewinsky. http://www.davidstuff.com/political/clinton.htm
“These allegations are false and I need to go back to work for the American people”
Too many liberal Dems have the morals of a hound dog and figure that if they ever get caught with their pants down, they can lie their way out of anything. In short, they have become “accomplished liars.” Unfortunately, their proclivity to lie spills over into their public policy work.
You know, true or not, this couldn’t happen to a more deserving, whiny, little witch.
Weiner is a leftwingbot,screaming,moronic baby 99.9999% of the time! Why is the Moron crying Foul now, withdrawing, and afraid to go to the FBI and Capital Police and to the Demorat Party Mob Thugs???? There is only one reason! The Cry Baby Moron, Weiner sent the picture of his ugly Weiner to a 21 yr old Coed and got caught Sticky Handed!!! If he were a Republican, the Media would be all over His Weinership! and Weiner would no longer be the Idiot Congresscritter he has proven to be....:-)!
The question is...if Weiner did not post the picture, and it was a hacker...whose private part is being displayed? If Weiner's how did some hacker get a picture of Weiner sans his undies, hmmmm?
If not his...then somehow he will have to prove it and that could get very, ahhh, uncomfortable for anyone who has to compare the picture to what Weiner has in those undies. OMG what a mess this could be.
Weiner thinks all of this is simply not important. But it is..., or is it, rather, impotent!?? LOL
I would love to know what he is so scared of. He is from a liberal district in NY. I wonder if he did something illegal? Or is it his wife? This doesn’t add up.
He will get resume extra points for this among the Rats, but not as many points is his target had been a boy. You gotta wonder if there are other incidents out there.
A Democrat? A guilty, creepy Democrat pervert? Caught with his pants down?
How could this be?
“intends to spend his time working on congressional matters and not answering questions about what has become known in furious Internet speculation as “Weinergate.” “
Good luck with that, Sparky...
BAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!! Ya got me..
Wiener did 't complete the phrase.
As initially delivered by der Schlickmeister, it read, "I'm going to go back to work...for the 'Mericun pipple."
Wiener could use some refresher courses on his History of the Democrat Party.
Congressman says #Weinergate cybersecurity investigation vital in order to ensure our national security
Published: 5:23 PM 05/31/2011 | Updated: 5:28 PM 05/31/2011
Florida Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns is demanding an investigation into cybersecurity issues raised by #Weinergate, saying it is vital to ensure our national security.
I tried helping him by reporting the crime to the field office of the FBI in Los Angeles. That is where you are supposed to start - at your local field offic.e
He’s a creep. And now he won’t answer questions. Wants to “Move on.” Sounds like he’s got a bone to pick with those asking questions!
You wrote: “Sounds eerily like Bill Clinton after he lied about being involved with Monica Lewinsky. ...Too many liberal Dems have the morals of a hound dog and figure that if they ever get caught with their pants down, they can lie their way out of anything. In short, they have become accomplished liars. ..”
As Rush would say, “That’s resume enhancement for a DemocRAT”.
Weiner looks to be a vulgar man and no doubt he envies Clinton.
The Seven Deadly Sins (or Seven F***ing Awesome Virtues)
“..Interesting that all of last night’s Democrat condidates promised to find a special role in their administration for Bill Clinton, who is aptly described by Harvey Mansfield as “the envy of vulgar men.” To put it another way, he is an archetypal lower whorizontal man who has never mastered, much less transcended, himself, so he is a perfect symbol for the left — vain, greedy, calculating, unmanly, self-serving, governed by his appetites, indifferent to truth, and articulate and intelligent in ways that are simultaneously vacuous and portentous. ...”
It has been reported he was also following a bevy of other young lasses on Twitter.
And, Hitler is very urinated with the Weiner too. Thx to DFU.
Weiner is slowly twisting in the wind.
Weiner now on CNN melting down!
Did someone throw a bucket of water on him?
Somebody should photoshop that into the "Anthony Weiner mobile".
HUGH ten minute lead-in piece on CNN at the top of the hour. Pi$$ing contest between Weiner and CNN’s Dana Bash. She would not back down, nor would the CNN producer.
Must see TV. We need the clip as soon as it’s posted.
Well, since he’s a good Democrat, this story will disappear from the MSM.
Weiner’s challening Barney Frank for the title of “Creepiest House Dem”.
Weiner applied for an Obama care waiver for his entire district and New York City. That will have a price to pay for, as Weiner will be eaten by the alligator he was feeding until it is his time to be on the menu.
What does Huma, his (Saudi)wife and Hillary Aide have to say about this?
Fox News about to cover the burgeoning story.
Wasn't that Weiner's (sorry) point?
At the end of the day,Weiner could probably use a stiff one.
It would be such a shame if extraneous issues of repeated poor personal conduct and bad character caused problems for a promenent Democrat who is so good at his job.
We’ve seen this before when Right Wing conspiracies try to bring down good public servants that are just trying to help the poor and elderly. And children, did I forget children? Unwed mothers — opps, forget I brought that one up and don’t even mention Muslim women. By the way, did Huma get Weiner to convert? Anyway, he is an important guy and very big (whoops, wrong term again) in the current minority in the House.
"Aw. Ah am touched. He got a lotta those evasive answers from me!"
A Weiner Waiver? Hasn't he done too much of that already??
And here I thought he was going back to work on important things...
Something about a "vast right wing conspiracy" if the past is any precedent.
Why didn’t he just blame it on a “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy” and be done with it??