Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Quotes by Rep. Anthony Weiner


Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., has been criticized by Republicans and Democrats for his lewd photo scandal. He finally admitted to posting pictures on social networking sites that were completely inappropriate to women who were not his wife.

Weiner has been in Congress since 1998 when he won his first election. Since then, he's had plenty to say about a lot of subjects. His most recent foray into a juicy sex scandal is what has most people talking about as far as what Weiner is saying.

* "I will look at the lay of the land again and try to determine the best political course." -- Weiner in 2009, on his decision to not run for mayor of New York City. Weiner was considered a strong candidate to run against incumbent Michael Bloomberg but has since fallen out of favor because of his scandal. Weiner also ran in 2005 but conceded the primary election to a fellow Democrat for mayor.

* "I celebrate the Iowa Supreme Court's historic decision in favor of marriage equality. As someone who has long fought against discrimination, I believe that the time has come to extend to all Americans the fundamental right to marry the person of their choice, regardless of sexual orientation." -- Weiner in April 2009 as he backed Iowa becoming the third state to allow gay marriage. Weiner has been pushing New York to adopt a similar stance.

* "I would have said the Republican plan stinks and I will chew my right arm off before I sign any part of it. The fact is, this is a competition of ideas. And now my Republican friends have the audacity to say what common sense, what a fifth grade math student can tell, which is their idea is a terrible abdication of our responsibilities as Americans. Their math doesn't add up. ... Don't make dumb proposals." -- Rep. Weiner as he admonished Republicans and the plan to cut Medicare to reduce budget costs. He was speaking on C-SPAN earlier in 2011 before his scandal broke.

* "I'm not talking about this anymore." -- Weiner on May 31, a week before hosting a news conference confessing to lying about posting lewd pictures on Twitter.

* "I haven't told the truth and have done things I deeply regret. I brought pain to people I care about." -- Weiner took responsibility for his actions June 6, a week after saying he wouldn't talk about the scandal anymore. His chances of being mayor of New York City have decidedly slipped because of the scandal even though he has said he won't resign over the pictures because he hasn't done anything illegal.

William Browning is a research librarian specializing in U.S. politics. Born in St. Louis, Browning is active in local politics and served as a campaign volunteer for President Barack Obama and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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