House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi condemned her former Democratic colleagues, New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who have both come under a firestorm of criticism for their behavior toward women.
Weiner, who resigned from his congressional seat in 2011 under pressure from Pelosi after he inadvertently posted sexually graphic pictures on Twitter, is back in the headlines this week after new revelations of sexting were disclosed. Filner, who decided to run for mayor of San Diego rather than seek re-election to the House in 2012, is facing accusations of sexual harassment by multiple women.
“The conduct of some of these people that we’re talking about here is reprehensible,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said of her former House Democratic colleagues. “It is so disrespectful of women, and what’s really stunning about it is they don’t even realize it. You know, they don’t have a clue.
“If they’re clueless, get a clue,” she continued. “If they need therapy, do it in private.”
Asked whether Weiner should drop out of the race, Pelosi said “That’s up to the people of New York.”
Weiner gave no indication today that he is considering ending his campaign.
Speaking at a news conference in Brooklyn where he faced reporters for the second time this week to discuss his transgressions, Weiner reiterated his admission that “there were multiple women over an extended period of time,” but “it wasn’t until they were behind me that I decided to run for mayor.”
“These things did take place before and after I resigned,” Weiner confessed. “The point is they’re behind me.”
When asked how this behavior could affect voters, Weiner said “citizens have to decide if this personal behavior … is important to them.”
Weiner, 48, estimated that the number of women he conducted inappropriate relationships with was “not dozens and dozens,” but, he said, “it’s six to ten, I suppose.”
He then clarified that he does not believe more than three of those relationships were sexual in nature.
“These were anonymous people on the internet,” Weiner said in a harried tone.
ABC News’ Carlos Boettcher contributed to this report.