Many, on both the right and the left have called for the resignation of Weiner, who continues to state he will not resign. Some, such as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, have asserted the obvious: why should Weiner resign if Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), who committed actual crimes by engaging in sexual acts with prostitutes, as opposed to moral crimes such as done by Weiner, did not?
On the other hand, if Weiner were to have sent lewd images to this 17-year-old, that would be a crime? The age of consent in Delaware is 18. However, it is legal for teenagers aged 16 and 17 to engage in sexual intercourse as long as the older partner is younger than 30 (which Vitter is not; he is 46).
According to the report, however, the 17-year-old indicated no illicit imagery or conversations took place between her and Congressman Weiner. Additionally, Weiner himself denied any wrongdoing with the 17-year-old.
Officer Tracey Duffy, a New Castle County police spokeswoman said, "They were made aware of an alleged contact between Congressman Anthony Weiner and an area teen. The teen has been interviewed and disclosed no information regarding any criminal activity."
She added that she did not know the reason for the investigation, and that it was continuing. However, the reason for the investigation should be obvious: if there were lewd photos exchanged, Weiner would be in more hot water than he currently is.
While the family itself did not respond to AP reporters attempting to contact them directly, neighbor Ben Melvin said the media was paying way too much attention to Weinergate: "I don't think it's good for her and I don't think it's good for the nation. It's a sideshow. It has nothing to do with his abilities as a representative. On the other hand it obviously shows some lack of judgment or something."
Thom Hartmann, Randi Rhodes, and Norman Goldman, all speaking on their radio shows on Progressive Talk Green 960 on Friday, June 11, said the same. While the country is about to default on its debt obligations, the media and GOP are obsessed with Anthony Weiner.
Meanwhile, the debt ceiling remains a point of contention. As was noted on Randi Rhodes's show on Friday, June 11, the GOP had no issue raising the debt ceiling numerous times during the Bush administration. Why now, she asked? She answered, saying it was because the GOP wants President Barack Obama to fail, and will even take down the economy and the American people to do so.
Dan Gross said the same, and even said it's happening now, not later with the debt ceiling. He said the GOP is intentionally sabotaging the economy to get Obama out of office.
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