Rep. Anthony Weiner seeks ‘treatment,’ refuses to resign

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Congresspeople on both sides of the political aisle are calling for Rep Weiner (D-NY) to resign following the Weinergate scandal. We’ve seen plenty of evidence that the guy enjoyed getting his “ego” stroked online by random women through various outlets like Twitter, Facebook and I’m sure we can add instant messaging platforms to the pile. Maybe if he stuck to Skyping instead of sending out so many adoring photos of himself he could have postponed the inevitable scandal resulting from his online sexting addiction.

Weiner refuses to resign from Congress though, and like so many other idiots before him he’s seeking “treatment” for his “issues” while trying to hold on to his political career. The dude wants us to feel sorry for him, even after the story that he was messaging with a 17 year-old girl from Delaware. We heard recently that police were investigating Weiner’s twitter messages to the girl, which he claims “were neither explicit nor indecent.” Apparently she messaged him after seeing him speak during a school trip to Washington, and he responded and added her as a follow. It’s unknown if Weiner’s messages to her were inappropriate, but given the context this new information is damning. So instead of admitting that the gig is up and that he should leave Congress, Weiner is requesting a leave of absence and issuing statements meant to elicit sympathy. No one is buying it and his colleagues are saying that he should face reality and step down.

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Defying forceful demands for his resignation, Representative Anthony D. Weiner of New York said on Saturday that he was entering a psychological treatment center and seeking a leave of absence from the House to deal with a pattern of reckless online behavior with women.

The announcement came as three top Democratic leaders declared that Mr. Weiner, 46, once a rising star in the party, needed counseling and should step down from Congress.

Pressure on Mr. Weiner to leave the House, and spare the Democratic Party from an increasingly embarrassing scandal, had been building all week, but intensified on Friday, after it was revealed that Mr. Weiner had traded private messages with a 17-year-old girl in Delaware.

Mr. Weiner, who friends say has become distraught and fragile in recent days, will use the leave to think about his future and whether to leave Congress, a possibility he has not entirely ruled out, a person close to him said.

But Mr. Weiner’s plan did not satisfy exasperated Democratic leaders, who have been trying to persuade him that he is damaging himself, his family and his party by remaining a member of the House.

The House Democratic leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, spoke to Mr. Weiner on the phone Saturday morning and, notably, released her statement calling for his resignation after he told her of his plan to get treatment and to take the leave. Mr. Weiner received a similar phone call from Representative Steve Israel of New York, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, urging him to resign.

Mr. Weiner has been talking with a therapist in New York City over the past couple of days, as fallout from his online scandal worsened and he absorbed the message from his colleagues and advisers that his conduct reflected not just bad judgment but perhaps a deeper psychological problem.

“Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person,” said his spokeswoman, Risa Heller. “In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well.”

Ms. Heller would not identify the facility or the precise kind of counseling Mr. Weiner, who has admitted having explicit communications with six women he met online, would receive. She stressed that he was carefully considering the calls from his fellow lawmakers urging him to give up his seat.

Mr. Weiner has been resistant in telephone calls over the past week with Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Israel, who have been warning him that if he does not quit, they will make their case publicly.

They were especially frustrated, according to one high-ranking Democratic official, when Mr. Weiner repeatedly told them he could not resign now because his wife, Huma Abedin, was traveling abroad with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton — an assertion they viewed as an unpersuasive pretext.

Ms. Pelosi had hoped that the congressman would reach the decision on his own to go. In addition to her concerns about the political distraction Mr. Weiner had become, Ms. Pelosi concluded that his behavior required medical intervention.

“When you are this self-destructive, there is obviously something deeper going on with you,” said a Pelosi adviser who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being seen as betraying her confidence…

One friend said it had become abundantly clear that Mr. Weiner was no longer in a position to make clear-headed decisions about his career and health.

“He was falling apart,” said a longtime friend, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect the relationship.

Mr. Weiner, who prides himself on his dapper appearance and physical fitness, was losing weight, seemed run down and drawn and increasingly found it difficult to make it through telephone calls without losing his composure.

He began meeting with the therapist not only to discuss his online behavior, but also to cope with the fallout from the scandal. On Friday, with calls for his resignation multiplying, he agreed that traditional therapy was not enough. He told family and friends that he would enter an out-of-town clinic and made travel plans for Saturday afternoon. He will be evaluated before it is determined exactly what kind of treatment he will receive.

[From the NY Times via Radar Online]

Boo-f’ing-hoo. Meanwhile TMZ has a whole new crop of photos of the guy posing in the mirror at the Congressional gym. In some he’s clutching a towel and cupping himself. In another the towel is barely hanging over his d*ck. As I’ve said before, it’s not that he enjoyed getting off online with randoms, that’s relatively harmless and is something between him and his wife as long as he keeps it quiet – it’s that he lied about it repeatedly in the aftermath and was so arrogant and defensive. That is a huge reflection on his character, and shows that he has no qualms about lying when it serves his purposes. It’s all about Weiner and his precious d*ck.

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  1. brin says:

    I agree, CB, he needs to go. This is getting worse for him and a real distraction…he should do the right thing and resign.

  2. Leigh says:

    He’s seeking treatment for being an idiot? Hasn’t he heard? “You can’t fix stupid”

  3. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Yea Weiner is becoming a huge distraction and he should step down. I mean if he wants to get help, good for him but he is a fu*k up. He posted that picture his self to Twitter, I can only imagine how careless he is in other aspects of his job. Plus having these random encounters with these women is just childish and this could have gotten worse then it was. He needs to go.

  4. viper says:

    I dont think he should resign he is a excellent politician – granted a swine but still he wasnt like bill Clinton who committed purjury. He didnt go under oath he didnt lie to the american people three times to cover his ass. Why should he resign? He’s been doing a good job. Personal and profession are separate for a reason people. By this kind of logic why arent you people asking just about every single politican to resign or be investigated? !@#$%^& they started a war and killed thousands of people but nobody charges them for that? Seriously whats the difference between what this guy did and an underwear model? One guy takes off his SHIRT and is told to resign and another guy show off his underwear BIG DEAL HOW DARE THEY – but when thousands upon thousands are murdered and two wars are waged under false pretenses hey thats just normal and their patriots and wont be tried or put into prison or executed for treason? God, what daft logic. If it was asked that an obese congressmen is to resign for being fat you all would be coughing up a storm! Swear to God Ive never laughed so hard in my life!

  5. anoneemouse says:

    The only treatment that would help him is the amputation of his fingers.

  6. Justalark says:

    @viper:

    You made some valid points, but like all authority figures, our elected officials should maintain certain basic standards of behavior. He willingly put himself in the position to be scrutinized, so he should act accordingly.

    Due to his own less-than-honorable behavior (he’s married and expecting a child), people are now questioning Weiner’s CHARACTER, ETHICS, and HONESTY, which is entirely justified due to his questionable actions.

    At the very least, the Congressman is guilty of poor judgement, duplicity, and lack-of-discretion. I am not the moral police by any means, but I think constituents should demand that their representatives show a certain level of sound decision making and personal integrity!

    The guy is aptly named.

  7. Quest says:

    He has, what they call an: I.D.10.T
    disorder

  8. viper says:

    Right but those are still not grounds to resign. He executed poor judgment but it was PERSONAL – what business or right do we have invading that? He is an EXCELLENT congressman there are not enough of them as it is now you guys want one of the biggest players to walk off the field? He can’t be replaced – the US cannot afford to lose him. He really is that good! Have you people not heard him in sessions? Ive spent literally hours upon hours watching c-span with congress in session- he is exceptional! I mean by this logic Alexander Hamilton should have resigned as secretary of state for actually HAVING intercourse with another woman. Even George Washington was said to be in love with a woman other than his wife. Thomas Jefferson had sexual relations with his slaves – and had children because of it. Come on now, what a man does to fuck up his own life doesnt make him inept to serve his country. Do you guys have any idea just how many soldiers deployed have sexual relations with women who arent their wives or g/f’s? Just about a good portion of them do it. I mean seriously what the hell does this have to do with his ability to serve his country? Men have two organs and not enough blood to work them both at the same time thats all there is to it. They are all stupid when their weiners are tuned on!

  9. Blank says:

    @Viper
    There’s reason to believe that some of these affairs took place while he was at work. What he does at home is his business but what he does at work is ours.

    He trusted random women with his reputation. Honestly he would have come out of this better if it was just an affair with someone he knew well.

    It’s always alarming when elected officials show such poor judgement.

  10. Stephie says:

    He may be good at what he does but how can anyone take him seriously anymore? How can you look at him and NOT see his over-hyped c*ck-shots? I didn’t want to see this crap but it’s all over the place.

  11. Jen34 says:

    Schmuck needs to resign. He may end up coming out of this okay. Elliot Spitzer resigned after being caught with a hooker and now he has a show on CNN.

    And what is it with dick shots? Has anyone gotten one and thought ‘gee I really want to hop on that’. Stupid.

  12. brin says:

    He can no longer do his job effectively, there’s too much of a media circus. He should do the right thing and step down.

  13. Justalark says:

    Once again @ viper:

    I am not questioning Weiner’s political actions or rhetorical skills in Congress. I am questioning his ethics, however, because I do not believe that a person has one character in his/her personal life and another one in his/her professional life.

    You don’t don your character like a sweater depending upon the situation; a person’s moral code is usually pretty well established by adulthood. Yes, there are many examples throughout history of public figures demonstrating unethical behavior in their private lives–this does not mean that this behavior should be unquestioned or condoned.

    If Congressman Weiner were single and he wanted to act like a middle-schooler by tweeting photos of his penis to random women, I would still think he was a jerk, but I would cut him a break. However, he is married and a father-to-be. Men like him (and Tiger Woods, and Brett Favre, and Arnold Schwartzenegger) should NOT get married if they want to act like single men (the same goes for adulterous women).

    By the way, I am a socially liberal, fiscally conservative Independent who voted as a Democrat in the last election. I teach communications and ethics on the university level, and as I tell my students, we have to maintain a certain level of standards as a society, or we cannot complain when people blatantly violate the rules without repercussions.

  14. Leigh says:

    @Blank
    Re: “What he does at home is his business but what he does at work is ours.”

    Disclaimer: I still think he was an idiot.

    Given the 24/7 nature of political work, living on a ‘crackberry’, email and calls handled from home and office, where does work time begin and end?

    Is the work a public servant does from home ‘free’? What would the public say if elected public servants did not operate out side of office hours?

    Have none of us behaved in an unsavory manner on our employers’ time? (perhaps even making salacious comments on gossip blogs?) ;)

    Did he show poor judgement? HELL yeah
    Should it be looked into? Yup

  15. TaylorB says:

    I am really sick of these dudes who act like horney frat boys running to ‘treatment’ to excuse their stupidity; Hazelden doesn’t have a 12 step program for D-bags.

  16. Zee says:

    @ everybody

    Here’s a better question: Why hasn’t David Vitter resigned yet? He CALLED PROSTITUTES on the SENATE FLOOR. Another senator who actually cheated and didn’t resign. And guess what? A republican district re-elected him with a landslide majority.

  17. Patricia says:

    Those pictures are hilarious!!!

    What a dumbass.

  18. original kate says:

    why do famous people always go to “rehab” for being douchebags? regular folk just say we’re sorry, try to learn and move on. the next time i run into someone acting like an utter jackass i’m going to suggest they get treatment.

  19. OtherChris says:

    I just don’t think I can look at the guy again without thinking “waxed scrotum” and asking the question “why?”

    Sorry.

  20. the original bellaluna says:

    Just once, I’d like one of these guys to stand up and say “Yup, I’m an asshole. I did it. It was immature, stupid, selfish, and a complete waste of my career/marriage/family.”

    There is no treatment program for being a selfish asshole who thinks with his little head, not his big one.

    And I’m really very sick of our Congressmen’s “Do as I say, not as I do” attitudes. OVER. IT.

  21. tooey says:

    I work in a school district and if I were caught doing anything remotely like this I’d be fired. As would my husband, who works for a major airline. Our district has had many staff meetings on electronic media and how easily we can be fired for careless words, much less pictures. I don’t understand why congressmen should get a pass.

  22. Sakyiwaa says:

    he waxes his scrotum?
    …people are not gonna be able to put this behind them…
    we’re sensitive these days…
    trying to preserve the little sanity we have left…
    if he wants to sit it out though and work harder, it could blow over.
    America forgave Clinton, didn’t they?

  23. TheGoodRain says:

    I agree with Viper all the way. Yes, what he did was horrible and unethical and dishonest but there have been a ton of amazing political figures who did had shady personal relationships.

    Weiner is great at calling out the political games and making politicians who are bringing their unethical dishonest business practices affect their political decisions. So they dug (albeit not too hard) to find something dirty about him.

    People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, I know, but I’d rather have a forthright politician with a weird sex life than a cagey politician whose weird sex life hasn’t been discovered yet.

  24. Justaposter says:

    Oh come on now.. when Pelosi even has to come out an say its time to go… your political career is toast!

    And I will say it again, if he wasn’t a democrat, people would be lining the streets with pitchforks and torches storming the castle!

    But part of me wonders what this story is distracting us from. What is the other hand up too?

  25. nan says:

    He’s certainly in love with his own body. What a weiner.

  26. Trillion says:

    I cannot believe the size and scope of this scandal. This is really not much of a story, IMO. Politicians have done so much worse (like, actually breaking laws) and not had this pressure. It makes me wonder if something else is at play here.

  27. mommyesq says:

    @viper—it is b/c no one will take him seriously, and no one wants to be affiliated with him. even if he has amazing ideas, no one wants to touch him with a 10-ft pole, so he’s dead weight to the Dems. He should have thought about all of that before acting like a horney teenager.

  28. The Bobster says:

    What’s it with libtards that they feel they have to publicly defend douchebags because he’s doing something for them? Toss peepee boy and find a non-douchebag to represent you.

    People can now see how well he can lie that no one will ever trust him.

  29. Dingles says:

    As Leigh said, you can’t fix stupid. Running to rehab (for what, exactly?) is cowardly. He doesn’t need treatment, he needs a kick in the nads and he needs to man up and accept responsibility for his actions. I feel sorry for his wife and child.

  30. anti says:

    loved him… now i’m just annoyed by him. it wasn’t the texting, it was the lying interviews.

  31. Turtle Dove says:

    Notice how the whole article was me, me, me and little thought or regard for his pregnant wife. Imagine the stress she’s under. Something like this could give her a miscarriage and he’s worried that he doesn’t look as “dapper”, hasn’t been hitting the gym and lost a couple pounds. Gimme a f*cking break, le douche.

    If he can’t make it through something as simple as a phone call, he can’t do his job. Step down already.

  32. Amanda G says:

    So now he’s playing the “addiction/rehab” card.

  33. Bill Hicks is God says:

    Treatment for what exactly? Politico Typicalis?

  34. Madison says:

    Weiner is a narcissist, his ego won’t let him resign. I don’t think going to rehab was his choice rather something he was advised to do to counter all the negative publicity. He should do the right thing and resign. Stupid shmuck!

  35. Shy says:

    America is obsessed with Rehabs. To the point when it become ridiculous. It was fine when there were only rehabs for alcoholics and drug addicts. But now celebrities turned it to joke with all those rehabs for sex addicts (where celebrities go only when they caught cheating) and homophobia (where Isaiah Washington had to go only because he thought it would save his career)…. And notice that they go there not because they think they are sick but only because they think that will save their career.

    I love those “rehabs for douchebags and cheaters”. I can’t wait till they will start to officially going to “rehab for murders”. You know it’s only matter of time till some idiot will kill his wife and then will say: “Don’t send me to jail. I did it because I’m sick. I need help and I will go to rehab. I will stay there for 3 weeks and then will return like a new person”….

    :)

  36. gg says:

    Viper, look at the pictures – do you still want a douchebag like this to represent you in serious political matters? Are you sure he wouldn’t be distracted frequently by compulsively taking pictures of himself in his business gym in pr0n poses and sending them to hot chick constituents? I’m not.

  37. Laughternrain says:

    I originally didn’t think he should resign, but I’ve thought it over more and I think he should. He might not have done anything illegal, but as a public representative, its is obviously irresponsible and morally reprehensible to have a law-maker, a person representing the public, posting photographs of his penis on a public site. Also, the fact that his behavior means he could be subject to blackmail (thus put self interest and preservation above the American public) means his ability to create laws for the betterment of the public is compromised.

  38. ayomendy says:

    I don’t think re should resign. Other politicians have done much worse and stayed in office. He a decent politician made a stupid mistake. That situation is between him and his wife. CEOs do the same thing and don’t reign their jobs so why should he.