Weiner Staying Put

Anthony Weiner said once again today that he will not resign from Congress:

A defiant Rep. Anthony Weiner said today that he’s not resigning.

In an exclusive interview with The Post, Weiner, 46, said the sexting scandal that has plagued him for the past week is not reason enough to give up his House seat.

“I’m not,” Weiner said when asked by a Post reporter whether he planned to resign.

Weiner also said he planned to get back to work after spending Wednesday holed up in his Forest Hills home.

“I’m going to get back to work as best I can,” he said.

“I betrayed a lot of people and I know it and I’m trying to get back to work now and try to make amends to my constituents, and of course to my family of course,” he added. “I’m going to go back to my community office and try to get some work done.”

Weiner reiterated what he told the media earlier this week.

“As I said when I spoke at the press conference on Monday that I exchanged inappropriate things with people and, I think that I’ve now got to deal with those consequences,” he added.

“I was completely honest on Monday after I hadn’t been for a while,” Weiner said outside his lawyer’s office in Midtown.

At least as far as New Yorkers are concerned, that’s just fine:

An exclusive NY1-Marist poll shows that 51 percent of city voters want Weiner to remain in office. Only 30 percent believe he should resign and 18 percent are unsure.

“It spells trouble any way you look at it for Congressman Weiner, especially in the short term and when you look down the road in terms of what his future political aspirations may be,” says Marist Poll Director Lee Miringoff.

Weiner’s made no secret of wanting to running for mayor in 2013, but 56 percent of those polled, including a majority of Democrats, say he should not even try.

Only 25 percent of registered voters would like him to run and 19 percent were unsure.

So he may not become Mayor, but he might be able to stay in Congress. Again, why should he resign?


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Doug Mataconis
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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020.


  1. Tsar Nicholas says:

    There’s no reason whatsoever for him to resign.

    Have you ever spent any significant time in Brooklyn and Queens?? It makes Zombieland look like Warren Buffett’s annual shareholders’ meeting. Seriously.

    Your rabid dog could be elected there, if the dog had a (D) by its name. A mannequin could be elected there, provided the mannequin ran as a Democrat. Gloria Swanson could run as Norma Desmond and be elected, provided she wore a (D) as a brooch pin.

  2. michael reynolds says:

    I think Wiener just needs to hang loose, keep a tight grip on himself and avoid any sticky situations. It’ll be hard, but but there are times when all you can do is go limp, hope people have taken your true measure and don’t think you’re a dick.

    Seriously, I need this story to go away now.

    Did I mention it may all come out okay in the end because Wiener has a good head on him?

  3. MarkT says:

    ‘Weiner Staying Put’? A little late for that now…

  4. Moosebreath says:

    I think Weiner needs to accept his roll with relish, mustard up his courage and wait for other events to ketchup to take this out of the headlines. It may get chili in his family life for a while, though.

  5. mick boyce says:

    the marist poll says 51% want weiner to stay, and only 30% want him to resign. sounds good for weiner!

    so the marist pollster, Miringoff, says “It spells trouble any way you look at it for Congressman Weiner, especially in the short term and when you look down the road in terms of what his future political aspirations may be.”

    so did miringofff read a different poll, one we are not told about in this article? WTF?