New York Rep. Peter King said Wednesday that Rep. Anthony Weiner won’t have any clout or sway on Capitol Hill after being embroiled in an ongoing sex scandal.
Although the veteran Republican lawmaker did not call for Weiner’s resignation, King said the New York Democrat “is going to have to decide whether he is going to have any influence on Capitol Hill. I don’t think he does.”
King added that he believes the issue will resolve itself in the next several days.
“I think it’s going to resolve itself in the next several days,” King said. “As far as I can see there is nothing criminal.”
Although Weiner is hardly the first lawmaker to get caught up in a sex scandal, King noted that the Internet creates another dimension.
King, who sat by Weiner during the State of the Union address in January, said the lesson to be learned from the scandal is “don’t put anything on Twitter or Facebook that you don’t want [others] to see.”
Rep. Michael Grimm also punted when asked Wednesday on MSNBC whether Weiner should resign. The New York Republican said he did not want to be “hypocritical” and that he had also declined comment on the scandal involving Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.), who was caught sending a shirtless photo to a woman on Craigslist.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.