I kind of thought this would roll off his back in New York….New Yorkers aren’t easily shocked by sexual affairs without sex.
And remember, Anthony Weiner wasn’t a Republican”Family Values” hypocrite having an affair like Republican Senators David Vitter and John Ensign were…
Weiner just might survive this if he listens to his Constituents and not to the press and the DC insiders.
The question is: Does he really want to? Especially now that his fast-track political career will be stalled for the foreseeable future.
What he really wanted was to be mayor of New York and the Democratic Establishment has lined up against him- even if his constituents haven’t. Is he content to stay a Congressman for several terms? Or does he resign and try to change careers to the Media, like Eliot Spitzer.
Time will tell….
Thursday (and for anyone not keeping track, it’s exactly two weeks into the saga known as Weinergate), a 64-year-old woman named Ann Oniszko stood in the lobby of one of the buildings of the Queens Community House and expressed undiminished admiration for her congressman. Wearing a specially-made gold pendant, her first name molded into a Star of David, she said, “I hope this doesn’t kill his political career. People just have little bad habits.”
“They just have to use technology better,” said Steve Pullano, the director of the teen program at the center.
“I just hope he salvages and builds himself up again,” said Onizsko.
Even as Weiner’s fellow Congressional Democrats have called for his resignation, the residents of New York’s Ninth District appear to stand behind their congressman in solid formation.
According to a recent poll by Marist and NY1, 56 percent of those interviewed said that Weiner shouldn’t resign, while only 33 percent said he should (12 percent said they hadn’t made up their minds).
In the Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods that make up Weiner’s jigsaw-puzzle district, the congressman has long enjoyed the kind of poll numbers generally reserved for authoritarian rulers. He won 60 percent of votes in the last election, actually a significant drop-off from the previous election, in which his constituents chose him by a ratio of 93 votes to six.
Even now, he doesn’t seem much in danger of losing local support, and nowhere is that support more evident than at the Queens Community House, a sprawling network of project buildings and community-service centers based in the Queens neighborhood Kew Gardens.