Weinergate: To Tweet or Not to Tweet (Part 2)

New York Congressman Anthony Weiner came clean this afternoon on a televised interview admitting that he had sent inappropriate tweets and taking full responsibility for his actions. I watched the entire press conference that lasted about 30 minutes on WCBS-TV, New York. Weiner under tremendous stress apologized to a host of folks including his wife, his staff, the recipient of the Twitter message, his constituents and his supporters that put their faith in him.

Weiner stated that he has no plans of resigning. Weiner close to tears at times made a statement and then fielded questions from reporters. Weiner took full responsibility for the incident, the attempted cover up and was clear that he was not shifting blame to anyone else. In the conference Weiner said he had recently spoken to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and it was evident he was facing heat from fellow party members.

Weiner acknowledge that although the tweets were consensual he had inappropriately used social media networks, Twitter and Facebook; Congressman Weiner pointed out that he had never met any of the ladies he sent messages to in person.

Weiner joins the ranks of millions of Americans who have sent a racy email, tweet, visited an adult web site or have engaged in conversation in an adult chat room. The press seemed to be looking for a deep meaning behind the tweets; Weiner articulated that there was no plan and it was frivolous activity. I think the whole matter could be classified as juvenile in nature and was a lapse of good judgment.

Congressman Weiner explained that he initially said he was hacked because he was embarrassed and that he was attempting to protect his wife. The big issue here is that Weiner lied and by doing so let this drag on giving him a major credibility problem.

I believe that Congressman Weiner’s apology was sincere and the tweets by themselves are not a big deal. Weiner spoke of his wife and that they as a couple will work through this issue and he owed her the greatest apology. Weiner’s got that right.

Congressman Weiner should have had today’s press conference last week defusing this incident with the least amount of damage. I respect Weiner for taking full responsibility albeit late. Weiner is now dealing with the home stress, public embarrassment and ire of his party.

I met Anthony Weiner about 20 years ago at a local civic association during a candidates night in Midwood, Brooklyn when he was first running for a New York City Council seat. I remember Weiner then as being a pleasant and knowledgeable candidate. For twenty years Anthony Weiner has served either on the NYC Council or in the US House of Representatives. This is the first time Weiner has been involved in a scandal and if this is the full extent of the issue I think the guy deserves a break.

Sources:

Anthony Weiner Admits Posting Lewd Pictures To Twitter And Making ”¹…”Terrible Mistakes’

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/06/06/shirtless-photos-allegedly-of-anthony-weiner-posted-on-biggovernment-com/

WCBS-TV Breaking News Conference with Anthony Weiner, June 6, 2011