This makes RNC Chair Reince Priebus the highest-ranking political figure to urge New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner to resign after yesterday’s surreal, bombshell of a press conference.
All eyes will now be on whether other GOP heavy-hitters join in; and if Democrats reverse their call on having the House Ethics Committee investigate before they pass any further judgement.
One gets the feeling that being New York Senator Chuck Schumer’s protege may be the only thing keeping Weiner politically alive at this moment. Weiner was once a spokesman for Schumer and now sits in the senior senator from New York’s old congressional seat.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign from Congress on Tuesday, a day after the New York Democrat admitted trading sexually explicit photos and text messages with a half-dozen women over a period of years.
“Congressman Weiner’s actions and deception are unacceptable and he should resign,” Mr. Priebus said. “We do not need an investigation to know he lied and acted inappropriately, we need a resignation.”
Republicans are stepping up pressure on Democratic leaders to force Mr. Weiner’s resignation a day after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) called for a congressional ethics investigation into whether Mr. Weiner violated House rules in sending these pictures and messages. Mr. Weiner said on Monday that he has no plans to resign.
“Either Leader Pelosi and (Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie) Wasserman Schultz believe members of Congress are held to a different set of standards or they believe these actions demand his resignation,” Mr. Priebus said.
Mr. Weiner, who is married, admitted Monday to a pattern of trading sexually explicit notes with women all over the country and lying about one recent photo he sent to a student in Seattle in an effort to cover it up.