Pelosi Seeks Ethics Inquiry for Weiner
Top Democrats say Ethics Committee should investigate
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2011 3:19 AM CDT
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., addresses a news conference in New York, Monday, June 6, 2011.    (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – They're not calling for his resignation—yet—but top House Democrats have made it clear they're not happy with Rep. Anthony Weiner's shenanigans. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the congressman, who has come clean about his crotch shot and "inappropriate chats" with women online, must face an Ethics Committee inquiry "to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred," Politico reports.

Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, backed Pelosi's call for an investigation. Weiner "engaged in a deep personal failure and inappropriate behavior that embarrassed himself, his family, and the House," he said. "Ultimately, Anthony and his constituents will make a judgment about his future." Democratic insiders say Weiner, who denies breaking any laws or ethics rules, spoke to Pelosi and Israel before his press conference yesterday, but refused to even consider resignation.

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Jun 7, 2011 9:37 PM CDT
I love that Nancy Pelosi is calling for an "ethics investigation". If you're going to make a faux courageous political posturing that utterly transparent, it should be accompanied by an investigation of possible armed robbery, shoplifting, and manslaugter by Weiner. That way he can be exonerated of all four. Weiner looked his constituents straight in the eye and lied to them. He demonstrated an off-the-chart lack of common sense that has no place in any political office at any level. Anybody that stupid needs to be removed and kicked out of office. None of these are "ethics" violations. Making a phony offer to investigate him for something he DIDN'T do is exactly the kind of phoniness that caused the Democratic bums to be thrown out of office last Nov. 2. Pretending to investigate whether he used "tax payer dollars" to "tweet" something on his own blackberry is the kind of sad leadership we've come to expect from people like Pelosi.
Jun 7, 2011 11:32 AM CDT
What was he thinking, or not thinking. Have the investigation and if he has violated the ethics rules boot him out.
Jun 7, 2011 11:24 AM CDT
So what, as Rangel's ethics charges demonstrated. All that will happen is the Dem's will stall the "investigation" until after the next election. They will keep this out of the news by pretending to be conducting an investigation, deferring all comments until after the "report" is finished.