Clyburn Statement on Weiner

Jun 11, 2011 Issues: Congressional Issues

WASHINGTON, DC—Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn today issued the following statement regarding Congressman Weiner:

"I stand by my comments from last week that the full Caucus should address this issue when we meet next week." 

Two Top Democrats Send Ominous Signal to Weiner
By Trish Turner
Created 2011-06-09 16:12

Two top Congressional Democrats signaled Thursday an ominous fate for the sex-scandal-plagued Rep. Anthony Weiner [1], this as the New York Democrat dug in his heels and refused to resign.

And though neither man joined the avalanche of calls for the embattled lawmaker to resign, the message was clear.
"There's an old saying, who was it that said, ‘Don't murder somebody who's already committing suicide,'" Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said (quoting Pres. Woodrow Wilson). When asked if the spiraling Weiner scandal had become a distraction to Democrats, the Illinois Democrat said, "He has serious problems that will not go away soon."

Rep. James Clyburn, D-SC, the number three Democrat in the House, said, "What he does, he does, but I think the Caucus may have something to...say about it."

The congressman, on his way to bipartisan budget talks with Vice President Joe Biden [2], D-Del., said, "It's not a distraction to me. I'm still focused on deficit reduction." But when asked if his New York colleague had brought dishonor on the House, Clyburn turned and said, "On himself."