Nancy Pelosi, House Dems Cool on Anthony Weiner Twitter ‘Prank’

Jun 2, 2011 10:48am

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports:   Rep. Anthony Weiner has insisted he was the victim of a hack job when a lewd photo of a man’s crotch got posted publicly to his Twitter account Friday. 

But he doesn’t have many colleagues, who presumably face similar risks from operating social media accounts, rallying to his side. 

“I’m a late-comer to the issue, but I’m sure, I have confidence in Anthony Weiner that if an investigation is in order that will take place,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl Wednesday. 

Rep. Steve Israel, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, would only say Weiner has taken “appropriate steps” to address the alleged prank, when asked about the situation by reporters. “He got a lawyer" and "I think he should listen carefully to what his lawyers say," he said. 

Former New York City Mayor and U.S. Rep. Ed Koch, a Democrat, said of Weiner Wednesday night on NY1, "I think he's in trouble…I think he has a problem."

Weiner, a media-savvy figure who is popular among liberals nationwide, would face reelection in 2012 and a possible bid for New York City mayor in 2013.  How Weiner handles the ongoing controversy could become a factor in future campaigns. 

For now, many Democrats on Capitol Hill just want the issue to go away, and some Republicans seem loathe to let Weiner off the hook.  

“I think the American people are sick of seeing their elected officials tied up in scandals like this,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said today in an appearance on “Fox and Friends.” 

His advice for Weiner?  “Come clean and clean it up," Cantor said. "Perhaps he’s trying, but there’s a lot of explaining going on without a lot of clarity."

Weiner has said he did not send the controversial photo over Twitter on Friday night and that he was the "pranked." But he will neither confirm nor deny that the image in question is of him.

"I'm reluctant to say anything definitively about this because I don't know to what extent our system was hacked," Weiner told ABC News.  

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