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Report: Weiner Sent Woman Photos of Himself Posing in Congressional Gym

Posted on | June 12, 2011 | 44 Comments

TMZ released photos this morning showing Rep. Anthony Weiner posing bare-chested in the congressional gym in the basement of the Rayburn House Office Building. The married congressman reportedly sent the photos to at least one of the women with whom he had what he called “online relationships.”

The photos, which TMZ said were taken using gym mirrors and the camera on Weiner’s Blackberry cell phone, offer further evidence contradicting the Brooklyn Democrat’s previous assertion that he did not use congressional resources in his cybersex activities.

The latest revelation came just hours before Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking House Democrat, renewed their calls for Weiner’s resignation in separate appearances on NBC’s Meet the Press and CBS’s Face the Nation.

UPDATE: Last year, Weiner was himself unwilling to defend three scandal-plagued New York Democrats,  Gov. David Paterson, Rep. Eric Massa and Rep. Charles Rangel:

Allahpundit says:

Think of Weiner’s resignation calculus as a scale: How many public indignities have to pile up on one side to move the weight of his ego in being a congressman on the other side? If you believe KP, the number is basically infinite, so presumably there are still many, many more indignities to come.

The idea that Weiner can stubbornly stay in Congress, even while every ranking member of his own party calls for him to resign, seems extraordinary. But this entire scandal is extraordinary, and normal expectations may not apply to such a raging narcissist.

And the really “mindblowing” part of the scandal is that it was all brought about by the simple error whereby Weiner sent that May 27 crotch-shot photo as a public Twitter message when he meant to send it as a DM, as Ace of Spades says:

The Typo From Hell. Possibly the worst typo in the history of politics.
Not saying he doesn’t deserve it — he does — but consider that but for a single clumsy move by an errant left forefinger, none of this happens.
The smallest error of a fingertip, and a man is wholly undone.


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