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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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106.

jack-55d79    

A purported backstory on 'Weiner's Implosion':

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-backstory-on-weiners-implosion/2011/03/03/AG3DNkQH_blog.html

http://preview.tinyurl.com/6lbob9c (same, in case that link doesn't work).

Satisfies some of my earlier curiosity re. the timing.

1140 days ago
107.

chris     

I never thought I'd actually say this but.....I've had all the WEINER I can take! Enough already. Weiner Weiner everywhere....oy vey

1140 days ago
108.

Matt    

Does anybody else see the correlation between his personal finances and those of the country which he votes for? He makes tons of money relative to most, he has killer benefits relative to everybody, yet he is still in massive CREDIT CARD debt and has no savings and no means to support himself if he looses his very privileged status? I mean really, he and his wife each make well over $150k a year and yet he is swimming in debt and has no savings?! And there are those who wonder why this nation is bankrupt?! When we have people like Wiener and then even more people who defend him!

1140 days ago
109.

Damon    

TWEETment!
Hilarious!


He just needs to go back to work and assign a staffer to his social media! And work the rest out with his wife, as she is the only one with a dog in this fight.

Everyone else needs to get an effing life!

1140 days ago
110.

Janny    

His parents should have named him Seymore!

1140 days ago
111.

David Huser    

According to the Daily Rash, Wiener is telling people that Charlie Sheen's hairpiece is responsible for those Twitter pictures. http://www.thedailyrash.com/?p=7053 He keeps digging a deeper and deeper hole!

1140 days ago
112.

DANDEE    

He announces that he is taking a leave of absence?..really?...I thought that you had to REQUEST and be GRANTED a leave...sooo who approved his leave?

1140 days ago
113.

DANDEE    

He announced that he is taking a leave of absence?...really?...I thought that you REQUESTED & were GRANTED a leave...soooo...who approved this?...just saying...

1140 days ago
114.

Evelyn    

Congressman Weiner should be castrated. That would solve his problems. He is so distracted by his useless private parts, he can no longer concentrate on trival matters such as the recession, the Afgan war, his wife and least of all his elected office. If Weiner had exposed himself on the streets he would have been arrested and classified as a sexual deviant. However, he exposed himself on twitter so he gets a pass??? Enough of this "off with his.........".

1140 days ago
115.

pizza    

Weiner pulls out.

1140 days ago
116.

Randi Rose    

Theres nothing wrong with him & he doesnt need TREATMENT. The only mistake he made was getting caught. But many people dabble in these types these days. Its a sign of the times. PLUS he never met any of these woman in person. It was purely an internet thing. Millions of married men watch porn...is that cheating? If they had phone sex...would that be cheating? I dont think so

1140 days ago
117.

Damon    

National Security my A$$!

Again, if that is the case, then no one is eligible to be in office because we all sin and have secrets.


In April 2008, Weiner created the bi-partisan Congressional Middle Class Caucus.[14] Weiner received an "A" on the Drum Major Institute's 2005 Congressional Scorecard on middle-class issues.

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On July 29, 2007, Weiner and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced that they would seek to stop a $20 billion arms deal that the Bush Administration had negotiated with Saudi Arabia. The lawmakers objected to the deal because they do not want to provide "sophisticated weapons to a country that they believe has not done enough to stop terrorism," also noting that 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.
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Weiner, along with several other members of Congress, have criticized the Obama administration proposal to sell over $60... billion in arms to Saudi Arabia. Weiner said:

"Saudi Arabia is not deserving of our aid, and by arming them with advanced American weaponry we are sending the wrong message"

He described Saudi Arabia as having a "history of financing terrorism" and teaching hatred of "Christians and Jews" to their schoolchildren.
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He also openly spoke to Bill Oreily about voting for the Iraq war and how he regretted it; made a resolution to end the Iraq war!


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So NO, he's not a National Security risk! He actually makes a good point about the Saudi Government!

1140 days ago
118.

barb    

Weiner needs to beat it. His poor judgment has rendered him impotent.

1140 days ago
119.

Red    

He is a big mouthed democrat and he needs the money, so he can't quit. They'll find somebody to pay him to do nothing and everything will be fine. The republicans had to find Michael Steele a job before he would resign as head of the RNC.

1140 days ago
120.

Sensible Grandma    

OH GIVE ME A BREAK. BET HE'S STILL COLLECTING HIS PAY. THE TAXPAYERS GET SCREWED AGAIN. US TAXPAYERS WILL NOW PAY FOR THIS IDIOT TO "FIND" HIMSELF. I'M TIRED OF ALL THESE IDIOT POLITICIANS AND THEIR SOB STORIES WHEN THEY GET CAUGHT DOING SOMETHING WRONG. THEY EXPECT US TO SHOW COMPASSION FOR THEM WHILE THEY PRETEND TO TO CARE ABOUT US. ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THE FREE RIDE THEY GET FROM THE TAXPAYERS. WONDER WHICH POLITICIAN WILL BE NEXT.

1140 days ago
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