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Jun 20, 2011

Good bye, Representative Anthony Weiner.  Your resignation has been submitted, and now it's time to move on to whatever awaits you next.

As of midnight on Tuesday, Rep. Weiner will no longer be a New York congressman, ABC News reports, and then releases some rather amusing not before heard behind the scenes dialogue with the embattled politician.

Without the camera crew there to record his answers, I did not have much more to ask him beyond my initial invitation to be a guest on GMA the next day.

Weiner told me he would only come onto GMA if he could read the sports for six minutes, “the way I want to do the sports,” he emphasized. I explained to him that GMA did not regularly broadcast sports highlights and then asked him if he was doing any other television the next morning.

"The Today Show,” Weiner fibbed sarcastically. “They have higher ratings.”

So, one more politician involved in a sex scandal bites the dust.  But is another resignation on the way?

Well, it is if The Family Policy Network, a Christian Conservative anti-gay group has anything to say about it.  According to Think Progress, the organization is taking advantage of the Weiner saga to demand Lousiana Senator David Vitter resign, too, over three years after the Republican admitted to having sex with prostitutes.  Vitter was not only not abandoned by his party, but supported by them in his efforts to stay in office, somethign The Family Policy Network is calling "outright hypocricy."

There are a lot of people that I think are committing outright hypocrisy and are forced to do so as long as he (Vitter) remains in office,” said Joe Glover, the president of the Family Policy Network, based in Forest, Va. “I don’t think the senator should put those folks in the untenable position of having to pragmatically defend his presence in the Senate.”

Glover noted, for example, that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, had called on Weiner to resign, but had also contributed to Vitter’s 2010 re-election campaign.

Will the pressure make a difference to Vitter or the GOP?  Somehow I would be really surprised if it did.
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Posted: Monday June 20, 2011, 5:00 pm
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