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June 7th, 2011
05:19 AM ET

Question of the Day: Weiner confesses. What should happen to him now?

(CNN) - A week after claiming a hacker had posted a lewd photo to his Twitter account, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner on Monday apologized for lying about the incident and admitted carrying on inappropriate relationships with several women he'd met online.

American Morning's Question of the Day: Weiner confesses. What should happen to him now?

Weigh in here. American Morning wants to know what you think.


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  1. Chris Davis

    The punishment should fit the crime, and although he lied to the public that does not merit losing his entire lifes work. In this day and age, sending a photo of ones self is no big deal. I have seen far more provocative pictures in the super market tabloids.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  2. brian

    Can't believe you were defending him by selecting only supportive blogs and emails – he needs to step down,. he embarrassed himself, his office, his country, his wife – and my taxes should not support this type of person in office.

    June 7, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  3. Gary Lavallee

    Where does it say that government officials have preferential treatment? Man up and take your punishment. You did the unthinkable. You lied, you were being paid by the public, you violated the public's trust...........c'ya!!

    June 7, 2011 at 10:10 am |
  4. Julie

    He who is without sin cast the first stone.

    To error is human, as long as he learned from his mistakes. Men are more inferior and weak at moments, At least they are not going to spend 6 million to delusionally prosecute him for human behavior.

    I like the guy, he is a hoot, full of passion for what he believes in.
    And, what happens between he and his wife, is only of their concerns.
    Only therapy he deserves is kissing her butt the rest of his life, and, worship the ground she walks on.

    He is a politician for goodness sake, they all lie,. better than the buses who both ranted and raved of their discretions. Remember when Bush boy was interviewed? Interviewer asked what he discussed with his then sitting dad president? Go look at the search. Not nice and still they voted him as president. Both had vast decretions much more that texting panty images. What was the words that McCain called his wife Cindy?

    June 7, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  5. Thomas Petersen

    Breitbart is a known liar himself, so why should we have believed him from the get go. Both of these guys, Weiner and Breitbart, owe everyone an apology.

    I'm not excusing Weiner for his actions but, Breitbart is crying, woe is me, i've been maligned, my name has been dragged through the mud. Well Mr. Breitbart, you have done the same thing to the others who you've dragged through the mud, and lied about.

    The so called liberal media has not given Weiner a pass, because he's a democrat, as Breitbart attests. They have been asking Weiner the same questions, as the right wing has, since this scandal broke.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  6. ParkyPundit

    Awful lot of "Throwing the First Stone" in the punditry today.

    Anyone judging Weiner's behavior needs to ask him or herself several questions.

    1. Have you ever "pleasured yourself" in the absence of your spouse using porn or your imagination? SAME THING AS WEINER! GUILTY!!!

    2. While having "relations" with your spouse, have you ever fantasized about someone else? SAME THING!!! GUILTY!!!

    3. Have you ever lied to your spouse, your parents, your co-workers, your friends - to ANYONE - about ANYTHING of a sexual or embarrassing nature? SAME THING!!! GUILTY!!!

    If you're one of the folks calling for his resignation, and you have ever... EVER... done one of these three things, we will need YOUR resignation by the end of the day, lest you be branded a hypocrite.

    We have troops in Afghanistan.

    We've just had 9 of the 10 hottest summers in recorded history, and this coming one seems like it's going to be a doozy.

    Corporate America continues to rape the middle class by sending jobs overseas and pocketing the savings.

    Supreme Court justices refuse to recuse themselves from cases in which they have a vested financial interest.

    The media is a willing participant in the selling out of the middle class to serve their corporate masters. But all they do is keep us divided, arguing amongst ourselves, unfocused on the IMPORTANT stuff with fluff like this.

    How does what Anthony Weiner did affect ANYONE, other than himself and his wife?

    Look in the mirror.

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    June 7, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  7. DLeach

    Whether or not you think Weiner did anything wrong or not regarding the sexting, phone sex, photos, the fact that he tried to point the finger at Breitbart to take the heat off him is indication of a lack of character. CNN's continued smear of Breitbart is not much better.

    CNN said Breitbart "crashed" the news conference or "commandeered" the conference when Weiner's people invited Breitbart to the conference.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  8. TONY JOHN PEARL

    Calling Breitbart a conservative blogger is like calling Al Capone
    a tax evader, Buehler?

    June 7, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  9. Oliver Moore

    All the people who say that Weiner didn't do anything wrong, that the Internet is full of porn, forget that young women received these pictures unsolicited. This is a form of sexual assault. As the father of girls I am outraged that the male pontificators dismiss this so easily.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  10. wetfuse13485

    Ok, let me make this clear for even the tickled pink personnel that want be happy about this situation. This is clearly a personal problem as all should be and that is regardless of being a republican, democrat or independent.

    We do not elect our public figures for there morality compass which is no different the citizens that represent. They come from the same cloth and they have and will make mistakes. We can not put them on a higher status until we the people are going to as a group join them at that level. We put people as role models because of there jobs and financial status.

    For us that have children, when was the last time you drove pass a major or mini university and told your child that all the people that go to this university should be your role model when most of the kids that attend the university are from the age 19 – 24. It would be safe to say that you would not do that. But most of you expect a 19 – 24 year old that played sports for these same universities and now are playing professionally, because they make millions of dollars, they should be considered role models. These are the same kids but just with greater athletic ability that brought them fame and fortune. But because of there financial status at the age of 23, they are role models.. yeah right. I know that I can clearly say that I do not think that public figures are role models for the rest of us. I am sure that I can find other role models than lawyers that have political ambitions.

    We know that politics is a dirty game and not all of them are bad but they come from the same cloth. They make mistakes and until we want to live in a glass house, we should not judge them on there personal lives because I myself do not judge my political figures on there personal lives but on what they accomplished for the nation that they took a oath too. So for us to take the congresses time to have an investigation on him when he obviously did something stupid and is getting slapped around by his wife. This is just a waste of money. The man lied to save his butt as most of us would have done if we did something stupid and got caught but more so knowing that he was going to have to face his wife. Just a simple Sailors Opinion to the masses that want to act as if they are above the rest of the people that represent us.

    Our moral compasses are often calibrated differently for personal, economical, financial, and business. Well all know this in our daily behavior but what we are doing here is judging him for his actions when it should be just his wife slapping him around for being stupid. He did nothing illegal so I am not worried about it because personally it is none of our business. The girl that is coming out for the media is getting her 15 minutes of fame and I am sure she will have a best seller on at Amazon soon because her efforts to this point is all financial.

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    June 7, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  11. J Wright

    He lied to the public. Doesn't that say something about his character!! I'd say get rid of the bad ones, but then there wouldn't be any!

    June 7, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  12. slider

    Should change his name to Clinton.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  13. A

    We see this time and time again from people in the spotlight. Politicians, actors, sports figures, and other media personalities often find themselves in this spot. It's not so much that he did stupid things that he shouldn't have, it's that he lied, and lied, and lied to try to avoid having to tell the truth. Only when those lies didn't work, and he was cornered into telling the truth, he did and claimed to "take full responsibility for his actions." Sorry Weiner. Talking full responsibility would have been stepping up to the plate first and admitting your mistakes, and apologizing to your wife.
    Lying in office should be reason for removal. If you can't tell the truth, how can you be trusted?

    June 7, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  14. Christopher Warren

    REPRESENTATIVE.....

    This is the key word that everyone seems to be forgetting.......The codes of standards and ethical conduct that govern the United States' House of Representatives should not even tolerate this type of representation. The resources and funds that the "ethics investigation" will take up seem ludicrous....

    There are SCHOOLS closing in New York and across the USA due to lack of funding...I think it’s absurd to close down schools to save money. Today’s youth is the most important thing in a society. It’s important for the government to invest in the future of the youth because sooner or later, they will be the future.

    Is this what we want to teach them?

    June 7, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  15. MeLoN

    He is STILL lying - " sent it as a joke". The joke is him and anybody that believes anything that comes out of his mouth.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  16. Tom

    I think it took a lot of guts to admit what Weiner did. What he did was probably not any worse than what a lot of married men do. I think it is great that his wife is standing strong with him.
    I am having to watch the DIY channel because I am tired of hearing about it. CNN is great for running stories into the ground.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  17. Dennis Lindsey

    Oh great! Now we have Weiner-gate. What should happen to him? Nothing. His lack of ethical behavior is indicative of our society today and speaks volumes of our general lack of integrity. Few people in business and politics have the personal accountability and moral values to do the right thing. Our political history is riddled with those public servants who lie, cheat, misappropriate, and in general act in a disgraceful manor. Remember, "I did not have sex with that woman"? Weiner is just another in a long list of degenerates without the ability and guts to assume responsibility for their actions. An investigation by the Ethics Committee is like asking the fox to watch over the hen house.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  18. Greg

    I don't think the cheating on his wife was as disgusting as his vehement denials and lies to the American public. I might have been a bit more understanding, if not for his lashing out at the press and anyone that questioned him on these issues. He's an egomaniac and not worthy of public office. He has shaken our trust in him as a truthful and honest politician and for that, he should resign. He cannot be trusted again. Whether his wife decides to trust him is up to her, but I think the type of pics sent as well as his "do you want me" attitude, shows that Weiner has issues beyond just being flirty.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  19. Irene

    The voters will decide what will happen to Mr. Weiner....

    Must you spend the first 10 minutes of your broadcast talking about this....at least talk about the more important stories FIRST!

    June 7, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  20. Kaka

    Ridiculous ! This is not how a member of leadership acts . He should be sent out on his ear. shameful.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  21. Hunter

    Should Anthony Weiner resign? Absolutely not! Congress people are not machines. They are human beings. The human sex drive is a powerful force. And to lie about a personal matter involving sex drive is just all too human. Anthony Weiner is a good man. In my opinion he should remain apologetic and remorseful about this incident and put it behind him. I hold him in high regard, even more so since coming clean. I think no less of him. He should never resign! If his constituency wants him out they will vote him out, but I don't see that happening.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  22. Kendra

    If government resources were misused, this is a punishable offense. All else should be left as a personal matter. I actually find it interesting that WE, the people, find it easy to pass judgement on others when WE ALL have sinned in some shape or form, it is just that we have not had to confess to and potentially "fall" under such a platform (public).

    June 7, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  23. Eleanor

    Don't you have anything better to talk about? I am so sick of the news sensationalizing and gloating over such improprieties when we have soooo many other pressing issues in this country and this world. I was tired of listening to this so switched over to BBC news and when that was done, I came back to CNN only to hear more of the same. This is the reason that I don't listen to Fox News but you appear to be competing with them now and talking over each other as they do; it is unprofessional, rude and very hard to hear.

    I enjoyed Christine and Alie when they talked only about the financial and monetary issues. I learned alot and that was their strength. Don't take that away from them and from us, the viewers.

    Please bring back Anderson Cooper and Soledad O'Brien in the AM for their "keeping them honest" reporting and documentaries! and let's hear some more good news once in a while.

    Thank you in advance for considering and taking my suggestions to heart. I am sure that I am not the only one who feels this way.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  24. Asterisk

    Leave Rep. Weiner alone and stop the gossip and get down to the news. The news station should show at least one day a week where are the jobs. I see tons of jobs out there. The people need to take a stand and find the jobs are or develope one people need to find hope and faith and focus on looking for a job. We cannot look at the government to help us we need to take classes or go back to college to get the education so we can get that job.. The President cannot go out and get jobs for all we need to have our states that we live in to energize the job market give them incentives to stay in that state. Stop whinning and let get to work.

    Asterisk
    arizona

    June 7, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  25. Pam

    Apologies, smologies! I'm tired of having people who lie representing us! How can anyone take this man seriously after acting like an immature teenager! Fired the man!

    June 7, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  26. Bev Kramer-Hall

    He is only sorry because he finally got caught. I feel sorry for his wife. Once a liar always a liar. If he can get on TV for appox. 1 week and tell lie after lie and deny "all", who and why should America "trust" him again. He needs to be removed and lets "move on" to the important topics at hand. Thanks. Bev

    June 7, 2011 at 7:20 am |
  27. S Chapin

    So the ethics committee steps in for lie about sexting. Bachman and others on both sides lie constantly. Bachman actually enhances her lies with a power point presentation but she does not admit it and no ethics committee.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  28. Barbara Booker

    That should be left up to the voters. Don't you have more important stuff to report? The world has gone crazy and you are spending time talking about a picture of someone's underpants. Are you a news organization or a gossip column?

    June 7, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  29. steve

    I think we have higher expectations for our politicians than we should. These are people, riddled with flaws and we shouldn't be surprised by these types of actions. I think their positions of power allow them to believe they are above what others would normally be accountable for. All this proves is that our politicians are just like normal people who have skeletons in their closets. Don't throw stones people, we are all imperfect! Let his constituents determine if he deserves to win again. Weiner has been a solid congressman, I don't think that these actions diminish those returns.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:15 am |
  30. jon

    It's enough already. Like we should be surprised that a public official lied. These days, unfortunately, the media drives the news instead of vice versa. Let it go already!!!

    June 7, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  31. Pat

    Of course not! He represents a very liberal democratic district and they won't care!

    June 7, 2011 at 7:11 am |
  32. Michael Caporale

    Weiner will do just fine. I think we first need to look at the complexion of the American populace and realize that it is vastly changed. Monogamy is perhaps in the minority. Pubescent teens begin their sexual life with multiple partners, many openly in bisexual or homosexual relationships, before moving into marriage much later in life. Texting and therefore sexting has moved from teens to adults. Partners are found on dating sites and social networking is embraced by all. A former president was engaged in sexual acts in the oval office, while congressmen are constantly being caught "in the act" in all manners of formerly deviant behavior and bouncing back into office just fine. Weiner is not doing anything that most of his constiuency haven't done. Polaroid cameras began the DIY revolution on personal porn, now digital imagery and transmission bring it present. An image of underpants? Well that's just so lame as to not really be on anybody's sexual radar, other than to laugh at his ineptitude.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  33. beth

    I think government has more important things to do than delve into this man's personal life. He is accountable to his wife and children for this behavior – and no one else. I think the press has been a little too glib and joyous in its coverage of this. It's been a bit like watching Jr. High bullies sense a social weakness in someone, and go in for the kill. Let his family work it out. Let his constituents decide if they want him back, and leave it at that.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:05 am |
  34. Mr. Steve

    The thing about liars is that once you catch them in a lie, you never trust them again regarding ANY statement they make. We should hold our elected representatives to the highest standard. Wiener has to go.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:05 am |
  35. James Biller

    I love the fake tears. He was man enough to lie about it now man up. Get rid of him, and move on. Just goes to show how corrupt our goverment really is.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  36. RichardT

    WIth everything thats going on in the world and the desperate need we have for genuine leadership in this country, we now get media hype over a congressman named Weiner (how perfect is that?) sexting a college coed. And now they want to do an investigation? How much MORE money and time can we waste? Isnt having a name like Weiner and doing what he did punishment enough for anyone?

    June 7, 2011 at 7:02 am |
  37. Les Clark

    No No No, he should go. We, Americans, are sick of ethically challenged politicians. Jefferson would want him to go "back to his farm" early. And after abject lying, he should do the right thing.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  38. REC

    I Don't Care!! What he does in his own time is between him and his wife. Move on and get back to taking care of the countries business!!!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  39. Mark

    Interesting tactic to position for a post-politics job on Fox News.

    Take a deep breath Anthony ... that's the smell of your career rotting in the trunk.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:50 am |
  40. Bob in Houston

    If Congressman Weiner broke the law, then he deserves to be punished. In the age of the internet, whether you live in Syria, Yemen or even the United States, I think social media has made it harder for public officials to hide their mistakes, intentional or not, from us. If you are a cop chasing after someone at 4 AM in the morning in Miami, or a Congressman talking to young women online, the chances are higher now that the the truth will get out; we may be starting to change the way we hold government officials accountable for their actions.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:46 am |
  41. Roxy

    Weiner hasn't done anything illegal, and apparently none of the women had complained about it. This should be a private matter between him and his wife, who seems to not have much of a problem with it either.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:41 am |
  42. peter b

    I doubt he will ever be effective anymore. He should resign, His constituents deserve better.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  43. MeLoN

    He is the typical lying politician – he should resign immediately and his wife should get rid of him ASAP.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:29 am |
  44. BURNARD HICXS

    He was not elected as the Pope. He is human just as we all are.As long as he did not use tax payer funds or do this while on the job. I dont care who he sends his picture to, he can do porn for all I care as long as he does the job he is elected to do.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:25 am |
    • Bill

      Yes but if he lies about this what else as he been lieing about when it does come to his job? That is what the voters in his State have to think about

      June 7, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  45. C

    Show me a person who, when backed into a corner won't feel defensive and follow his first impulse–an impulse that the majority of us would take–to lie. What did he do in the aftermath that most of us wouldn't have done? Does the employee caught stealing confess immediately? Does the cop accused of wrongdoing not try to concoct a story to cover up his actions? Does the kid with his hand in the cookie jar not invent a story to cover up his actions? We all do this, Mr. Weiner is no better nor worse than any of us in this way. He told the truth after a week. In a 24 hour news cycle that seems like an eternity. C'mon. It's a week! I hope that the media and the public, and most of all New Yorkers give him the same consideration that we'd all want for ourselves. He's a good politician and his constituents should get over their holier than thou attitudes, those who have that and look at his political record. The rest is none of their business. I say Weiner for Mayor! I'm a New Yorker and I'd vote for him in a second.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:24 am |
  46. mike sey

    Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. In short nothing should happen to Weiner. Lets face it, lying is standard practice of governments. Whether it was the Suez Crisis, the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, Iraqui WMDs, the downing of an Iranian civilian aircraft, the 'humanitarian' bombing of Libya, or denying torturing prisoners disinformation and lies are just the normal modus operandi. Weiner fits right in.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:24 am |
  47. Brenna

    I hope the ethics committee recommends he attend therapy for a certain length of time as a condition of keeping his job. He is clearly an asset to the House and the country and the punishment should fit the crime.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:20 am |
  48. Bell

    Leave him alone. People need to realize that politicians have lives. He did nothing wrong and should not have even had to apologize.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:18 am |
  49. LC

    Let the committee investigate if they feel the ened, and after that it's between him and his family. His work and political record stand for themselves speak for him as well as what should be a private matter. I'm a native New Yorker. Would I vote for him for my mayor? Absolutely yes, I would have and I still would. I don't care what he sends or to whom; if he can help my city as I think that he can, that's what determines my vote. Please, Mr. Weiner, run in the next mayoral election. You'll get my vote.

    A native New Yorker.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 am |
  50. Jane - WI

    Wasn't there a Republican Congressman who was involved in something similar just a few months ago? I recall that he resigned from Congress quite quickly. I suspect that Congressman Weiner, a Democrat, won't resign, and that his constituents just might re-elect him. These texts and twitters are full of the "ick" factor.
    It is interesting, though, to see Congressman Weiner, a very arrogant and brazen politician, crying over this like a baby yesterday.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  51. Heather

    This is getting blown way out of proportion. Sending naked pictures of yourself is not illegal, even if you're married. He didn't pay anyone off, take any bribes, or misuse campaign funds (which is what's happened in all the other Washington sex scandals).

    June 7, 2011 at 6:14 am |
  52. shalita lamere

    He should go to therapy to try to understand what is going on with him and what he should do and not do. I don't know if there are such laws or requirements inside the US government that can do something about this situation. It is a privacy issue,however his high position requires more discrete, therefore he should try to control him self in order not to hurt his career. This situation shows he lacks control and better understanding of his surrounding and the type of life he has..That is definably a problem, but I don't know what it should happen to him..but I do think this situation had hurted his professional life for showing weakness .

    June 7, 2011 at 5:54 am |