Washington’s latest sex scandal involving Rep Anthony Weiner, D-New York, has turned into an even greater sideshow distraction as he and his wife have reportedly sought advice from the Clintons, America’s highest profile sex-scandal couple.
Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin were recently seen as one of the emerging power couples in the Democratic party, but social media has cast a pall on those chances. Since America seems to have a perverse fascination for all things private, especially sexually private, Weinergate has taken center stage over raging wars and global warming.
Now, the embattled politician and his wife have turned to Bill and Hillary Clinton, no strangers to sex scandals, for suggestions in dealing with the firestorm. Former president Clinton officiated at Weiner and Abedin’s wedding last year. Abedin is a chief aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Wall Street Journal reports Abedin has consulted with Mrs. Clinton over the matter. The two are currently on a week-long trip to Africa on government business. Ms. Abedin’s job requires extensive international travels with the secretary of state.
Weiner reportedly has consulted with the former president over the matter, although no details of the discussion, or advice given, have been forthcoming.
First accusing hackers for his online sexual straying, Weiner’s week-long denial of the incident became prime time news this week when on Monday, Weiner held a press conference and admitted lying about his role in the sexting scandal which now threatens to upend his current political career.
At the news conference, Weiner confessed to sending provocative images of himself online to six different women. The images and messaging were sent via Facebook and Twitter over the course of three years. Some of the messages were sent just two months after his wedding last year to Abedin.
A growing chorus of Washington politicians are calling for Weiner’s resignation due to his first-denied-and-then-admitted online sex scandal. While most of the noise is coming from the Republican side of the aisle, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine has joined the ranks.
Kaine, a US Senate candidate in Virginia, said: “Lying publicly about something like this is unforgivable and he should resign,” CNN reports.
Other Democratic leaders have begun speaking out on the issue as well, as concerns grow over the affairs‘ negative impact on their political party. Allyson Schwartz, a House of Representatives Democratic campaign committee member, questioned Weiner’s lack of respect for the people he was elected to represent. “Having the respect of your constituents is fundamental for a member of Congress. In light of Anthony Weiner's offensive behavior ... he should resign,” Schwartz said, according to Reuters.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for an ethics committee investigation into Weiner’s misconduct over the issue, which has more absurd by the day.
Although Weiner said during his news conference he and Abedin would stick together, riding out the storm, she was not at his side during his public admission of lying about the scandal. The New York Timesreports Abedin is in the early stages of pregnancy.
According to the Daily Mail, Weiner insists he did not use government resources in his sexting scandal, but records show several of the cyber messages he sent to Lisa Weiss, a Las Vegas blackjack dealer, came during his time in Washington while on official government business.