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Anthony Weiner to Resign

Do You Think Anthony Weiner Should Resign?

Weinergate may come to an end after two bizarre weeks of embarrassing pictures, confusing interviews, and bad jokes. Earlier this week, President Obama called the scandal a distraction and said he would resign if he were NY representative Anthony Weiner. Well, it looks Weiner has come to that decision, after talking to his wife Huma Abedin, as pressure from Democratic leaders rises and lewd pictures and details continue to emerge.

The seven-term congressman is expected to resign today. Most of you said you would break up with your partner if he committed online transgressions like Weiner, but do you think his personal mistakes should cost him his job? It hasn't been shown that he broke any laws or even had a physical relationship, and many politicians, including President Bill Clinton, who had sex with an intern in the oval office, have survived far worse scandals. Should Weiner resign in your opinion?

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years
I disagree that it's a false equivalency, but even if you take that one sentence out of my comment, it doesn't change my point: there are some members of both parties that are held to high standards and some that are not. I still haven't seen any evidence presented to the contrary and, with the exception of Cheney and the shooting, I'm not disagreeing with your evidence that the Republicans you (and stephley) have mentioned were not held to high standards. I'm being completely honest in saying I don't see where I'm changing the subject. I know it's difficult to ascertain tone online, so I am not being sarcastic/snarky in asking where you see me changing the subject. I'd like to know so I can better explain my point because apparently something in getting lost between my thoughts and my fingers.
stephley stephley 4 years
If tea party members held people responsible, why didn’t they press for Ensign’s resignation, why don’t they demand Coburn resign for getting involved in Ensign’s mess and negotiating a payoff for the girlfriend, why aren’t they calling for Vitter (whose scandal does involve lawbreaking) to step down? There’s no reason they can’t speak up.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years
Correction *I meant to state that while Cheney made other decisions, not other mistakes.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years
It does have to do with the main point, IMO. Some Democrats (i.e. Weiner) are held to a high standard. Some Republicans (i.e. Chris Lee) are held to a high standard. Lee's scandal was arguably not as bad as Weiner's and it is widely accepted that he resigned under heavy pressure from Boehner and other Republicans. Just like some Republicans have not been held to a certain stand, neither have some Democrats. Clinton also had "8 million scandals" while he was in office. Democrats didn't demand for him to resign. While Cheney made other mistakes that you could argue should have spelled his resignation, the shooting doesn't qualify, IMO, as it was a mistake. I'm not sure why you brought that up. And Dems have MSNBC giving faux facts that mitigate this or that. Also, please point out how I am changing the subject. It has been stated that Democrats are held to a high standard by members of their own party and Republicans are not. I am disagreeing and stating why I disagree. How is that changing the subject? And, IIRC, during the Lee scandal, accountability was demanded much more quickly than during the Weiner scandal. (I personally don't believe either should have resigned based on what we know now. Who knows if there is more to either story.)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years
I agree. Sorry if my comment was unclear. I wasn't saying it's right that how well-connected you are seems to be a determining factor in survival of scandals. I believe the exact opposite. I was just saying that being well-connected seems to help in both parties, not just one or the other.
stephley stephley 4 years
What you describe used to be called (and condemned) as cronyism. If some survive scandal (including scandals that involve breaking the law) with support from friends on the Hill, that means the pontificating about lies, unethical behavior, immorality, or putting Congressional influence at risk is just show. It means it isn’t a matter of what the voters want or need, but how well a member has engrained themselves in the system and how much that system wants/needs them.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years
And I also agree that we should be focusing on more important issues. I just disagree that this is confined to one party.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years
I disagree that this is a R/D issue. I think the people who survive these kind of scandals (Vitter, Ensign, Clinton, Frank) have friends who are willing to pull for them more and more institutional power. I also think that, for whatever reason, the media picks up on certain stories and if the media picks up, those in your party tend to pile on you as well. I think Chris Lee shows that Republicans do (sometimes) hold their people to a high standard, just like Democrats (sometimes) hold their people to a high standard.
stephley stephley 4 years
I wish people got this fired up about issues that matter, y'know demanded that we force torturers out instead of some guy in his underpants.
zeze zeze 4 years
This isn't a Republican/Dem thing - Clinton lied on the stand and stayed. He did not do anything illegal, he maybe morally despicable and in many people's opinions, that may make him not fit for public office - if that is so, then LET THE VOTERS DECIDE! And for the record, I am not a fan of his politics almost 9/10 times, but that does not mean I don't recognize he is a good congressman.
snarkypants snarkypants 4 years
if it's legal, who cares? i'm also confused by kristy's comments. there are slimeballs all over washington...doesn't matter the party!
atraditionalist atraditionalist 4 years
ugh are you kidding kristy? What about Bill Clinton who stayed in office after lying on oath. Both parties have slime balls with low ethical standards-it's not one party expecting more than another
stephley stephley 4 years
Anyone heard of David Vitter, the still serving GOP senator who admitted being a regular customer of a prostitution service? He got a standing ovation from fellow Republicans when he returned to work after his admission. Still has his seat. John Ensign served almost two years in the Senate after admitting that he had an affair with one staff member while employing other members of her family. Only left because the Ethics Cmte was about to get him.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years
Kristy, when you say "they," do you mean the Republicans wouldn't have the guts to say anything about it or Democrats wouldn't have to guts to say anything about a Republican?
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 4 years
I guess I just think it's extremely naive to think that members of one political party have a universal (or even common) ethical standard that is higher than members of another political party. I agree that sexting in and of itself is not worthy of resignation, but the way he handled everything afterwards was just embarrassing and showed a real lack of judgement not to mention political savvy.
Kristy-Ellington Kristy-Ellington 4 years
Exactly, Gdeeaz. He's doing his job, so why resign? This will blow over soon enough.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 4 years
If he was a republican I think he would be getting just as much criticism. I don't think he should resign. Majority of the people in his district don't want him to resign because he is good at what he does. I don't care what a politician does in his personal life, as long as he is getting his job done.
Kristy-Ellington Kristy-Ellington 4 years
@onlysourcherry: I'm not debating whether or not Republicans resign after sex scandals.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 4 years
Uh really Kristy?? Mark Foley, John Ensign, Larry Craig, Chris Lee, Mark Souder to name a few have all resigned after a sex scandal and a (R) after their names. Most of the NY Dems I know are pissed that he resigned. I don't think Dems hold their party to a higher standards, especially when it comes to sex scandals.
Kristy-Ellington Kristy-Ellington 4 years
It's funny how Democrats hold up their own party to such high standards, but if this was a Republican in this situation, they wouldn't have the guts to say anything about it one way or the other. Besides, he didn't break any laws. I don't think he should be bullied into resigning.
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