Technically, Weiner is no longer a Member of the House; he cannot vote and is no longer being paid as a Member of Congress. But until his letter is read on the chamber floor, his resignation hasn’t been officially recognized by the House. And the reading won’t happen until Thursday, Democratic and Republican aides said Wednesday. If they’re lucky.
Weiner’s decision to delay the effective date of his resignation confounded Democrats and Republicans, and the circumstances surrounding the latest hang-up remain unclear. Aides in both parties said it appeared that Weiner’s staff did not submit the proper paperwork to leadership to process the resignation. But one aide noted that a lack of complete paperwork did not stop the process from moving forward for other resignations, such as Rep. Chris Lee’s. Like his colleague, the New York Republican stepped down after it was revealed that he had sent a risqué photo to a woman on the Internet.
Weiner’s protracted resignation is taking a path similar to the scandal that drove him from public office and made him the butt of late-night talk show jokes. The revelation of the seven-term lawmaker’s online dalliances with at least six women was dragged out over three weeks, forcing Democrats off-message and embarrassing Weiner, his family and colleagues.
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.