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.