Pelosi to Weiner & Filner: ‘Get a clue’ & therapy

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.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Does anyone seriously give a rat’s patootie what Nancy Pelosi thinks?

    Observably, no.

    Does anyone think that will stop her from shooting off her big yap?

    Sadly, no.

  • RR senile columnist

    KTVU reporter: Madam Leader, would u spend the night with
    Either of these gents?
    Pelosi: What’s your name?!
    Reporter: Sum Tin Wong

  • Publius

    Deep thoughts.

    “If you are clueless get a clue.”

  • JohnW

    Weiner and the San Diego mayor are both Democrats. So, as a leading Dem, Pelosi should speak out. Just as it was both politically smart and the right thing to do for Boehner and Cantor to come out and condemn their fellow Republican, Steve King, for his hateful remarks about immigrants. I wish leaders in both parties would be more willing to speak out when people in their party say stupid things.

  • Elwood

    ” I wish leaders in both parties would be more willing to speak out when people in their party say stupid things.”

    If you got your wish, John, Pelosi would be the subject of constant criticism.

    As would our feckless leader.

  • JohnW

    That’s true on the other side too. Anytime some responsible Republican sticks out his neck and criticizes an outrageous statement by the de facto head of the GOP, Rush Limbaugh, he or she gets attacked. But if more people on both sides were true to their instincts and would speak up when circumstances warrant, maybe we could get past some of the uber-partisanship that is tearing this country apart.

  • Elwood

    My goodness, John, you certainly are preoccupied with El Rushbo aren’t you?

    I’m sure he’d be pleased to know that you hold him in such high regard.

    Do you check under your bed for him at night?

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    I thought Karl Rove ran the Republican party. How did Rush get the credit?

  • JohnW

    Preoccupied with Rush? I rarely mention him and never listen to him unless something he says is reported in the news. But GOP elected officials seem preoccupied with him. They will sometimes work up the courage to publicly react to something he says, only to then back off when Rush uses his microphone to smack them down.

    Marco Rubio used to be one of Rush’s favorites. But now that Rubio is one of the Senate leaders on immigration reform, he is on Rush’s you know what list. So, now Rubio groveling to get back into Rush’s good graces.

  • BlueCollarVoter

    I find it somewhat hard to believe Nancy Pelosi was unaware Filner had a long history of sexually harassing women staffers and women lobbyists. Filner was in the House for a decade, he was no back-bencher, he was chair of the important Veterans Commitee, and a power house in San Diego politics. As House Minority leader Pelosi gets information all the time about members, you can’t hold that job without having your pulse on what’s going on in the house – the job of Minority leader is an informational clearinghouse of sorts, she get’s and gives information all the time. Because of the position she holds, Pelosi probably knows more about the individual quirks of members than anybody. It seems odd she would know nothing of Filner’s antics, gossip is the number one sport in DC, your privacy goes out the window when you serve in the House. It just doesn’t seem possible Filner would get job as San Diego Mayor and then start a career as a serial harrasser, he must have been doing this in DC too when he served in Congress, how long was this going on? Why didn’t this come out earlier when Filner served in the House? Looks to me like this is only coming out because of some energetic reporters in San Diego, if Pelosi knew about this earlier she should should disciplined Filner, maybe stripped him of his chairmanship. I really find Pelosi’s dramatic statement that Filner should “get therapy” pretty self-serving. How could Pelosi not have known she had a serial harasser on her house leadership team. That’s my question.

  • RR Senile Columnist

    Filner should have asked permission before he examined the ladies’ buns of steel.

  • JohnW

    Is is Filner or Feelinher?

    What woman could possibly resist such a good looking hunk of manhood?