Just when you think the air in Washington can get no more polluted, along comes a fresh sex scandal. And, this time it's a Democrat. A Democrat who wanted to be mayor of New York City, no less.
Representative Anthony Weiner claims that the photo sent to a college student in Washington state may or may not be his private parts and may or may not have come from his cell phone. He also claims his Twitter account, from where the photo sprang, was hacked.
He went on to tell reporters that he couldn't say "with certitude" that the private area in question was his or not.
Does the man have so many photos on file of his junk that he doesn't keep track of them? Wouldn't a guy know if a photo was taken, especially by someone else? Is it just a common occurrence for the man? No big deal?
Here is a quite amusing and very logical column on Weinergate. It is particularly because Carl Hiaasen is no conservative.
Here's the thing, I'm of the opinion that Representative Anthony Weiner is guilty. I don't for a minute believe the whole hacked account story. Maybe that's just me.
Weiner has the reputation of that of an attack dog. He is nasty and takes no prisoners in debating the opposition. The Democrats like to point to him as one of their intellectuals. He also was a bachelor until earlier this year when he married a beautiful young woman, an long time aide to Hillary Clinton. There's some irony, right?
Weiner boasts of the number of followers he has on social media - like Twitter. He even was so bold as to berate Rep Michele Bachmann as he was battling questions from reporters about his naughty photo. He's just a classless, tacky guy. And, apparently, a misogynist. You'd think such a savvy, smart guy who is now 47 years old would have better things to do than show his stuff to a college student half his age.
As an interesting little tidbit that has now re-surfaced, back in 2008 Weiner introduced a bill to allow visas for 1,000 foreign super models. Well, the man does like the ladies.
A New York congressman has introduced a bill that would create 1,000 new visa slots for foreign fashion models. Democrat Anthony Weiner said the measure would boost New York's fashion industry.
"From Fashion Week to our vibrant publishing industry to the many designers that call New York City home, fashion is a vital part of our economy that drives thousands of jobs," Weiner told the New York Daily News.
Overseas models currently compete for so-called H-1B visas, which are intended for highly skilled foreigners who may be computer experts or doctors. The models have not done well, with only 349 slots going to models out of the 85,000 available, the New York Post reported.
New York's tabloid newspapers said Weiner, 43, is currently dating Huma Abedin, a Hillary Clinton aide who has posed for Vogue magazine.
Ms. Abedin, a Muslim, must be mortified. She married a putz. Maybe Hillary can give her some guidance on handling the publicity.
Weiner didn't notify the FBI, as is the next step if a Congressman is attacked by a hacker. The only time he has bothered to call the police is when a reporter went to his office to ask questions. That's right. He called the police on a reporter who went into his taxpayer funded office but not about the scandal.
Something is just not right here if he is so totally innocent. Plus there is the porn star who came forward to say Weiner sent a private message to her on Twitter.
Weiner is a publicist's nightmare. Last week he wouldn't stop talking about his innocence and the hack attack. Then he ridiculed and lambasted, on tape, reporters who finally decided to ask a few questions. The press was slow on this since it was a member of their own political party. Had Weiner been a Republican, they would be asking about resignation in the first questions.
Yes, the double standard coming from the press was evident once again. They don't even bother to disguise it anymore.
Now we wait and watch as Weiner moves forward. He will surely remain in his seat and continue to deny any wrongdoing. But, the step up to mayor of NYC? That dream is gone.
Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.