King: Weiner Has Lost Clout in House
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.
King’s comments came amid mounting pressure from Republicans and Democrats for Weiner to resign. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (Pa.) became the first member of the House Democratic leadership to do so on Wednesday afternoon, but Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has asked for an ethics inquiry.
King said he has not talked with Weiner since the lawmaker admitted to sending explicit messages and photos to several women online.
“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.