Weiner should resign

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The rules of the U.S. House of Representatives state that “a Member … of the House shall conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.”

So far, that’s the only rule pundits and talking heads believe Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY, broke when he tweeted photos of his body parts to at least six young women, none of whom is his wife.

Weiner, who denied having done this for a week, admitted to the actions Monday. However, he said, he will not step down.

The House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stated in a letter to the heads of the Ethics panel on Tuesday said that Weiner’s actions “warranted” an investigation, but it fell short of officially filing a complaint with the committee for a probe into the matter.

That means the decision of whether or not to investigate could fall to Rep. Jo Bonner of Mobile, the Republican chairman of the House Ethics Committee. To say that Jo Bonner is a Southern gentleman is like saying summer is hot in Alabama: there’s no disputing it.

We are amused by the pundits who say Rep. Weiner’s actions fall in a “grey area” relative to that first House rule, and by those who point out that the rules were written before the days of technology.

The flip side is that the House Ethics Committee has such a backlog of work, that it will be months before this case could be decided. In other words, there is a chance an opponent could take him about before the Ethics Committee could get to the matter.

If Weiner is smart, he’ll resign, devote himself to begging for his wife’s forgiveness and find a new career.

For there is no doubt that his actions won’t seem credible to the gentleman from Alabama whose committee will be forced to investigate him if he doesn’t step down.