Today, after more than a week of vehement denials of wrong doing, and claims that his account had been hacked, Congressman Anthony Weiner finally came forward and admitted to sending an inappropriate photo to a college student via Twitter. In addition, he admitted to communicating with, and sending photos to, at least 6 other women. This admission came on the heels of Andrew Breitbart breaking the story of another woman coming forward with proof of conversations and photos exchanged with Weiner.
During today’s press conference, Representative Weiner, on multiple occasions, stated he takes “full responsibility” for what he’s done, and apologized for hurting his family, friends and colleagues. But is he really sorry, and what does he mean by taking full responsibility? He apologized, but claimed he violated no laws or rules of the House, and he refuses to step down. That doesn’t sound like someone who is taking full responsibility. In my opinion, Weiner is only sorry for getting caught, and, understandably, quite embarrassed. Other than that, I don’t see any effort on his part to take full responsibility for his actions.
He claims he didn’t break any laws, which may or may not be true. But what about being guilty of unethical behavior? What about conduct unbecoming a Congressman? This is an embarrassment, not only to him, but to our country as a whole. If he is truly sorry, he should step down. Not only did he act inappropriately, but then he lied repeatedly about sending the photo, and accused innocent people of trying to destroy him. He sat through a series of interviews with several media outlets, and continued to lie about it. He even allowed the media and his supporters to believe that Andrew Breitbart, who broke the story, was the one who hacked his account. He only apologized because other women were coming forward, and he was clearly busted. He would have never admitted to this if he could have continued to cover it up.
Minority leader Nancy Pelosi has announced that an ethics investigation will be conducted, although these often only result in a slap on the wrist. Regardless of whether or not he broke the law, he should just do the right thing and step down. If not, the American people should demand that he step down. We need to hold our elected representatives to a higher standard.
Granted, everyone makes mistakes, but this type of behavior shows
intentional, blatant disregard for the trust and expectations of the