Spitzer: Weiner Needs to Listen to Dem Leaders and 'Move On'

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ex-Governor Eliot Spitzer on Tuesday joined the chorus of Democrats calling for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign from his post after the married Congressman who represents Brooklyn and Queens confessed to sending lewd photos and messages to women.  

Speaking on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, the former governor and co-host of CNN's "In the Arena" made his remarks the same day President Barack Obama told NBC in an interview that if he were in Weiner's position, he would resign.

"It's a personal tragedy," Spitzer told WNYC. "I think he should heed the wisdom of the senior democratic leadership and permit politics now at this point to move on to other, more critical issues. I think that's a judgment I hope he comes to sometime in the near term."

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for an ethics investigation and on Saturday called for Weiner to resign. Weiner has requested a leave of absence from the House so he can enter rehab.

Spitzer, once a rising political star in New York politics, infamously resigned from office in 2008 amid a sex scandal after it was revealed the married former attorney general met with high-priced prostitutes.



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Comments [5]

Mark from New York, NY

Nobody constituent could have been more upset by Spitzer's conduct but me. And yes, I think Spitzer has a long way to go to rebuilding his life and his reputation. But he does have some credibility when it comes to political calculation, and he knows a thing or two about working within the democratic party structure and politics. We can moralize all we want about how sleazy Spitzer was, and might still be. But people change after experiences like that, and I think he has a right, being a news guy now, to make some comments about this story, as stupid as the whole thing is. Besides, if the world knew everything you ever did wrong, would they listen to you?

Jun. 18 2011 02:46 PM
Vic from .

With insight and wisdom...
What ethical behavior...? From the market place ? From the government ?
Who's kidding who ?

And this Weiner, now, in "rehab" thing....
Rehab for what ?
What he really needs is a "little death"
Blowjob ~>
und schune abend

Jun. 15 2011 12:48 AM
Fuva from Harlemworld

I'm a little bored with the fashionable "this is not news" mantra of wannabe-"high-minded" posers who still don't get what's at issue with the weiner story...In fact, the fate of a reckless, bold-faced, unblinkingly lying politician IS news to those of us concerned about the current sorry civic state. In fact, reporting on responses to this episode from the political class (especially someone who can relate) -- which is the point of the WNYC piece on Spitzer and NOT his BL interview -- is therefore relevant and valid.

Jun. 15 2011 12:46 AM
Marc Anders from Manhattan, NY

I would like to vigorously second the sentiments expressed by Matthew. I thought that the Spitzer segment was so impressive and on the money on such a wide range of current political subjects that I wanted to share it with an informal newsgroup of friends I belong to, but the headline is so misleadling and sleazy that I'm going to pass on it. Spitzer spoke for 29 mins. and only at the very last minute did Brian annoyingly ask him for the obligatory comment on the Weiner non-scandal (which Spitzer did had the class to do his best to duck). Don't you think we get enough of this from CNN/Fox/MSNBC I have to ask myself why I continue to be a supporting member of what has become a wannabe commercial station. Shame on you Brian and WNYC.

Jun. 14 2011 11:03 PM

Spitzer spoke about Weiner for all of one minute and you guys turn that into the subject and headline of this article? Aside from it being one of the most minor parts of the interview, it displays an aire of forced sensationalism i find declasse for this website. 'oooh, elliot responds to the sex scandal, read and hear all about it!" lame

Also, I know the Weiner story is local news, therefore WNYC may be more inclined to report on it than other legitimate news outlets....but i feel this article only plays into the idea that the media is blowing this story up, prolonging it, and doing more damage to Weiner than he's doing to himself. That may be the objective of some (like fox,) but I wonder about others like CNN, and now unfortunately WNYC? This post is totally unnecessary, and basically irrelevant to the interview. Other than this, you guys rock :-)

Jun. 14 2011 05:13 PM

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