House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, had some tough words today for former congressman and New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, both of whom are under fire for sexual transgressions.
Here’s what Pelosi said today at her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill:
Q: “Madam Leader, as one of the most prominent Democratic politicians, I am curious about your take on former Congressman Weiner’s latest transgressions, having repeated the same action that occurred for his resignation in Congress. Do you have any new…”
Pelosi: “So shall I be thinking of you as sort of a social issue kind of a guy here?”
Q: “I am never – no, I…”
Pelosi: “We are legislators. But I appreciate your question.
“I think I have spoken and acted in terms of Anthony Weiner, in terms of when he was in the Congress of the United States. In his case, in the case of Mayor Filner, clearly, they have both admitted they need therapy. I think maybe that therapy could better be accomplished in private.”
Q: “Should he stay in the race?”
Pelosi: “That is up to the people of New York.
Q: “Ms. Pelosi, next week it looks like the House is going to take up this…”
Pelosi: “Let me just say before I leave that, let me be very clear: the conduct of some of these people that we are talking about here is reprehensible. It is so disrespectful of women. And what is really stunning about it is they don’t even realize it. You know, they don’t have a clue.
“And it is really, if they are clueless, get a clue. And if they need therapy, do it in private.”