Political Blog

Find posts by keyword
Find posts by date

Print
Email
|

Yarmuth to play role deciding Weiner's fate

Yarmuth to play role deciding Weiner's fate

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 10, 2011 at 12:08 AM

Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY), a member of the House Ethics Committee, will likely play a role in deciding the fate of embattled New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.

Because the committee has received a formal request to determine whether Weiner violated House rules in his sexually graphic Twitter correspondence,  a spokesman says Yarmuth cannot comment on the pending investigation.

The Daily Beast's Patricia Murphy writes that Weiner would face a "frosty" ethics panel:"

The panel that would investigate Weiner’s sexually charged online relationships is stacked with Southern, swift-justice Christian conservatives unlikely to relate to a sexting, swearing New Yorker, and liberal Democrats who have dedicated their careers to protecting the rights of women, both in the workplace and online. If Weiner wants to save his hide, he might have more luck in front of an old-fashioned firing squad.

Though several U.S. Representatives are calling for Wiener to resign, none of the area congressional offices contacted by WHAS11 News would go so far.

A spokeswoman for fellow Kentucky Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler, Jennifer Krimm, said in an e-mail on Thursday that Chandler "supports an Ethics Committee investigation of Rep. Weiner."

And, John Connell, a spokesman for Indiana Republican Congressman Todd Young said that Young strongly condemns Weiner’s actions, but suggested that Wiener's fate be left up to those who know him best.

"(The actions) are unbecoming of a public servant," Connell said in a statement, "Mr. Weiner’s family and his constituents should be the ultimate judge of whether he can continue to serve as their representative in Congress.   Meanwhile, Congress must not be distracted by this scandal.  Millions of American families are fighting for their economic lives, and Congress should continue working tirelessly to get our economy back on track."

Kentucky Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie had not responded to an e-mail request for a statement in time for the posting of this story.

 

Print
Email
|