Reid on Congressman Weiner: ‘I wish there was some way I can defend him but I can’t’

Jun 7, 2011 3:09pm

ABC News' Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today told reporters today that he cannot defend Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY), amid the sexting scandal yet fell short of calling for his resignation. When asked what advice he’d give the Congressman if he called him for advice, Reid joked, “call someone else.”

"I know Congressman Weiner,” Reid said at the Ohio clock following the Democrats closed-door policy meeting, “And I wish there was some way I can defend him but I can't."

Earlier today Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus became the first official to call on Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign.  Shortly after Weiner fessed up to the scandal during an emotional New York City press conference yesterday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for the House Ethics Committee to immediately launch an investigation into Weiner's conduct.

Asked repeated follow ups if the scandal involving the Congressman was a distraction to the Democratic Party and if he thinks Weiner should resign from office the Senate Majority Leader said that he is “not here to defend anyone.”

What advice would Reid give Weiner if he asked for it?

“Call somebody else,” Reid responded, then walked away.

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