Reporting Michelle Durham
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Members of Congress from the Delaware Valley area are glad to hear that Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York is going to quit Congress (see related story).
“Well, I’m glad he did it,” Congressman Bob Brady (D-Pa.) of Philadelphia told KYW Newsradio this afternoon. “It puts it behind him. And I just hope that he is going to be okay. I hear that he is getting the help he needs. I hope he can go on with his life. I know he wanted to wait until his wife came home (to announce his resignation).”
Congressman Rob Andrews of New Jersey, another fellow Democrat, didn’t mince words over Weiner’s announcement.
“Anthony Weiner’s decision to resign is right for the country and right for his family,” Andrews told KYW Newsradio. “This ridiculous, embarrassing episode has distracted the Congress’s attention from jobs, gasoline prices, and the real problems. And I’m sure his family needs to heal as well. So his resignation is, frankly, the right decision.”
And Andrews said that despite the widespread media coverage of the Weiner scandal, he and his fellow legislators haven’t let it distract them.
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“Even though the news coverage has been all about this problem for Congressman Weiner, the focus of Congress has been on the real problems of people in the community: jobs, health care, and education.”
Congressman Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) agreed that it was time for Weiner to go:
“I think Anthony Weiner made the right decision to resign. He figured out what many Americans have concluded some time ago: his conduct crossed the line.”
Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio 1060