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Congressman Weiner Taking Leave of Absence

6/11/2011 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Congressman Anthony Weiner just announced he's taking a leave of absence from Congress and has departed this morning "to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person."

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Weiner's rep released a statement saying, "[Congressman Weiner] will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well."

The statement went on to say, "Congressman Weiner takes the views of his colleagues very seriously and has determined that he needs this time to get healthy and make the best decision possible for himself, his family and his constituents."


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166.

PRO US    

Most people have forgotten about Senator Vitter (Republican) of Louisiana having sex with numerous prostitutes over the last 9 years and denying it by lying to the press and his constituents for most of those 9 years. He didn't resign and now most people never speak about his indiscretions, much less try to force him to resign. Yet loads of people are trying to force Weiner to resign for lying about phone sex and computer sex. Why are people treating Weiner differently than Vitter? Both members of Congress betrayed their wives and their office. Either both should resign or neither. Let's not have a double standard here for Republicans and Democrats.

1207 days ago
167.

G. Howie Belches    

Weiner beats off calls to pull out.

1207 days ago
168.

Randy    

I hear you can get a lot of action in Rehab, so what's he really giving up?

1207 days ago
169.

JS    

He is one of those really ugly guys who couldn't get a girl in high school or college, but once became a "star" is attractive cause he is "onstage." Ugly men can get attractive women if they are rich or famous.

So now he is basking in the attention from all the women who he can get because of that. But if he were a regular guy, none of those women would be "tweeting" with him.

He doesn't have any kind of addiction - just plain ole male ego.

1207 days ago
170.

PRO US    

Ol Virginny 6 minutes ago

America needs a leave of absence from his face! That is one ugly jew.
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@Ol Virginny:

Well, his face is not that attractive to some people. Obviously, some of the women he was texting with and his wife found him attractive in some way.

You, on the other hand, Ol Virginny, are ugly on the inside where it counts more. Your soul and heart are ugly through and through with the evil of prejudice. I pity you.

1207 days ago
171.

Harveysmom    

Weiner found himself in a tight spot made an early withdrawl.

1207 days ago
172.

Mikey    

Hi my name is Anthony and I have a problem with taking pictures of my penis. I'm 2 days photo clean so far.


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Welcome to group session Anthony.....


1207 days ago
173.

Mikey    

Harveysmom 15 minutes ago

Weiner found himself in a tight spot made an early withdrawl.

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So did his staff

1207 days ago
174.

karen    

I don't think he can just leave his position and decide to take a LOA. That requires approval.
He's not so special that those in the House are just going to pat him on the back and wish
him well. He doesn't deserve to represent ANYONE and get all of those handsome benefits
while he is a member.
GET HIM OUT!

1207 days ago
175.

janet    

Weiner, likes the money. $150k plus per year, and all the perks. He has nothing to fall back on. He needs the money. That is why he won't resign.

Weiner needs his congressman salary. Oh golly gee, treatment? Cut the crap.

1207 days ago
176.

Sociopaths are Sad    

@PRO US: I agree with you about "Ol Vaginny" over there.

However, to answer your Q...that senator Vitter or whoever (never heard of him)...it's different b/c the Weiner debacle is much more high profile than him. He strikes a nerve of disgust and patheticism (let's pretend that's a word).

People followed Weiner on twitter b/c they were impassioned by his politics or whatnot...and Weiner proceeded to put the good-looking of those people on his follower list and tweet them naked pics and pathetic raunchy talk. I JUST FIND THAT VOMITOUS.

Weiner then proceeded to mock everyone as being more stupid than he was...tweeting his "ridiculous bulge" pic even though he KNEW people were on to him...and coaching a porn gal how to lie for him. That's just...in your face mockery. And that strikes a nerve with people.

Weiner then proceeded to blatantly and arrogantly lie and attack reporters for their valid questions.

Let's not forget that Weiner tweeted his vomitous pics TO ALL HIS PUBLIC FOLLOWERS (by mistake...perhaps..but who really knows with this bozo?) and it's just disgusting. It really puts his office in a bad light.

Now this Vitter guy (again don't know much about him)...did he like to go out at night...relax with a drink and grab a prostitute or two off hours? And he got caught? Ok, well whatever. Did Vitter take pics of his member and tweet it to the public (whether by accident or not)? Did he mock others like Weiner did?

It's not just WHAT you do...it's HOW you do it...it's who you piss off while doing it. Weiner's actions are...quite frankly...sociopathic. Taking INCREDIBLY CRAZY risks (while knowing he is being followed), openly mocking those who are following him because he thinks he is smarter and somehow beyond the rules of society.

I don't know..it's clear to me. And I'm not even bringing his wife into this - because I don't think that's a real marriage. Otherwise...his wife married a monster....because his actions are beyond reprehensible.

And one last thing. Many (if not most) people vote based on emotions. And Weiner brings out the ICK factor like you would not believe.

JMO.

1207 days ago
177.

Cartman    

He needs the leave of absense.. it's really hard tweeting up all those chicks AND having to do the whole stupid congressman job thing.

Break out the hand lotion and the webcam! The Weiner has pics to send!

1207 days ago
178.

Cartman    

Hey PRO US, a.k.a. Weiner-lover,

Vitter case is way WAY different. Vitter did his prostitute thing in 98 or 99 then got caught in 2007 when the prostitute got caught years later and still had his phone number.
He never lied about it, begged forgiveness from his wife and constituents, and since it was a crime over 7 years old was beyond legal limits of prosecution.
But the liberal blogs are willing to keep prosecuting, especially when trying to defend a liberal dirtbag sending pics of his short ****tail weinie to 17 yr-old chicks and then lying about it, yeah, that's almost the same as what Vitter did, lol.

1207 days ago
179.

Ash    

Jesus, it is just a ****, get over it already.

1207 days ago
180.

PRO US    

Sociopaths are Sad about a minute ago

@PRO US: I agree with you about "Ol Vaginny" over there.
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Glad to hear it. Thanks for that.

Ya, Weiner acted very disgustingly. I don't have much sympathy for him. He deserves most of the criticism he's getting, IMO. I think he should resign because he hasn't acted within the normal range of human behavior and he lied his ass off to the press and us. He's not trustworthy. People are just fed up with him. I understand that. I'm not here to defend him. But there are other guys in Congress who cheated on their wives and lied to the press and their constituents over periods of years, like Senator David Vitter, and they're still there. No one forced them to resign. Why? I think part of it, not most of it, is anti-Semitism. Any chance Jew-haters are given to attack a Jew, they'll take it to the wall and reli***** for all they're worth. That's disgusting too. It's a double standard. If you're a Congressman or a Senator and you cheat and you lie then you should resign. I don't care if you're Christian, Jewish, Muslim, an Atheist or whatever. The same standards and rules should apply to all public servants. If they betray our trust, they should resign or be dismissed. They should be held to a higher standard than regular people.

Here's what Wikipedia says about Senator David Vitter's sex scandal. I know Wikipedia is not always fully accurate but it gives you an idea of what he did. So why is he still in the US Senate?

"In 2002, Vitter was preparing to run for governor in 2003, with the in***bent, Republican Mike Foster, prevented by term limits from running again. But in June 2002, shortly before the Louisiana Weekly ran a story about Vitter's alleged relationship with a prostitute, Vitter dropped out of the governor's race,[10] saying he and his wife were dealing with marital problems.[11]...

In early July 2007, Vitter's phone number was included in a published list of phone records of Pamela Martin and Associates, a company owned and run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, also known as the "D.C. Madam", convicted by the U.S. government for running a prostitution service. Hustler identified the phone number and contacted Vitter's office to ask about his connection to Palfrey.[18][19] The following day, Vitter issued a written statement:
“This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible. Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there — with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way.[20]”

The statement containing Vitter's apology said his telephone number was included in phone records dating from his days as a member of the House of Representatives.[6] Phone records show that Vitter's number was called by Palfrey's service five times, the first on October 12, 1999, and the last on February 27, 2001.[21] Two calls were placed while House roll call votes were in progress.[22][23]

On July 16, 2007, after a week of self-imposed seclusion, Vitter emerged and called a news conference. Standing next to his wife, Vitter asked the public for forgiveness. Following Vitter's remarks, Wendy Vitter, his wife, spoke. Both refused to answer any questions.[24][25][26]

As background, several news outlets reported that in May 1999, Vitter replaced Congressman Bob Livingston after Livingston resigned due to an adultery scandal.[1][27][28] Vitter said about Livingston's decision to resign, "It's obviously a tremendous loss for the state. I think Livingston's stepping down makes a very powerful argument that Clinton should resign as well and move beyond this mess", referring to Bill Clinton's Monica Lewinsky scandal.[29]

Vitter will not face criminal charges due to the statute of limitations.[30]

Vitter incurred significant legal and public relations expenses in his efforts to avoid giving testimony in the Palfrey trial and to respond to the ethics complaint. Consequently, his attorneys sought permission from the Federal Election Commission to use campaign funds to pay for these expenses.[31][32] The Commission, along partisan lines, couldn't agree whether funds could be used for reimbursing costs related to the Palfrey trial but did allow them to pay for expenses connected to the Ethics Committee complaint.[33][34][35]
[edit] Canal Street Madam

On July 10, 2007, Jeanette Maier, the "Canal Street Madam", alleged that Vitter was a customer on more than one occasion in the 1990s, when Maier was identified by federal prosecutors as operating a $300 per hour brothel.[36] The Times-Picayune reported that "Maier offered no evidence or do***ents to support her claim."[37] A polygraph (lie detector) test was arranged for a New Orleans prostitute who claimed Vitter hired her and had sexual intercourse with her. The prostitute passed the test.[38]
[edit] Reaction

While the Louisiana state Republican Party offered guarded support,[39] national Republicans offered forgiveness.[40] The Nation predicted that the Republican Party would be in a "forgiving mood", pointing out if Vitter did step down, then Governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco, a Democrat, would likely appoint a Democrat to take Vitter's place until a special election took place, thus increasing Democratic control over the Senate.[41][42][43]

Republican Senator Sam Brownback told Bloomberg Television on October 5, 2007, that Vitter should be censured by the Senate. He said, "I think you could see something like that taking place. If you look at the actual crime itself and the discussion across the country– and as a Republican– this is bad."[44]

In a similar vein when the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal — Spitzer being then governor of New York — hit the headlines, commentators contrasted the end-results: Spitzer resigned while Vitter stayed on.[45][46][47] In response, Jeff Crouere, a New Orleans conservative political commentator, called on Vitter to resign, saying he was an ineffective representative and reflected poorly on the state.[48] Other local political figures differed with Crouere. Democratic political consultant James Carville said the two cases were entirely different: Spitzer's situation developed from an active investigation and as a former prosecutor and governor he had powerful enemies. In contrast, Carville described Vitter as "Louisiana’s junior senator and nobody really knows him or cares that much about him," but concluded that, "if they paid with their own money, I don’t think either one should resign." The Louisiana Republican governor Bobby Jindal said, "Senator Vitter has already addressed this.... The people of New York can deal with the Governor of New York.”[49] Additionally, one gauge of the scandal's impact — local fundraising — indicated that Vitter has weathered the controversy well: first quarter 2008 finance reports show that he made, according to The Times-Picayune, an "impressive haul".[50] Another gauge, voter approval, indicates Vitter is, as of June 2008[update], still popular with Louisiana voters.[51]

Following the June 2009 admission of Nevada Senator John Ensign that he had an affair with an employee of his Senate office, the Louisiana Democratic Party called on Senator Vitter to resign his leadership position (as a deputy whip) in the Senate, arguing that because Ensign had resigned his position as Republican Policy Committee Chairman of the United States Senate, Vitter should do the same.[52]"

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