When members of the House of Representatives address one another on the floor of the chamber, they say “the honorable gentleman (or gentlewoman) from New York,” or whichever state is appropriate.
But we can’t imagine anyone addressing Rep. Anthony Weiner as “the honorable gentleman” ever again. Can you? Whatever he is — intelligent, driven, passionate about the issues —he is demonstrably not honorable. No man who engages in phone sex with another woman two months into his marriage is, not to mention all the congressman’s other tawdry activities.
Weiner’s resignation is inevitable, given the ongoing stream of revelations in the sexually charged scandal he created for himself. If he hasn’t made the announcement by now, it will be forthcoming, rest assured.
It’s a sad ending to what had been a promising career, one that seemed to be leading toward the mayoralty. Weiner was a strong advocate for the poor and middle class, a powerful voice for progressive legislation like the new healthcare law, and a lawmaker who frequently found the time for direct constituent service. He held “Congress on the corner” events often to hear the concerns of residents, and you might run into him on the streets of Forest Hills or Kew Gardens anytime, getting a chance to tell him what you think.
Weiner claimed he was being fully honest during his notorious June 6 press conference, at which he confessed to the bulk of his shenanigans. But the revelations that followed show that he did indeed use at least some House resources to further his online sexcapades and did try to coach at least one of his targets on what to tell the media as part of his dishonest, botched coverup — both things he denied that day. Enough is enough.
When the president of the United States tells an elected official of his own party that it’s time to go, however diplomatically he couches it, it’s time to go. America always gives second chances, but first you have to bear the responsibility for what you’ve done. For Weiner, that means resigning.