Democrats decline to defend Weiner after Twitter picture scandal

It was a confession that made major headlines and left many scratching their heads.

Congressman Anthony Weiner admitted he lied about posting an explicit photo on Twitter and having inappropriate relationships with women he'd met online.

But this seven-term Democrat from New York is no stranger to the spotlight.

"He's most famous for his oratory on the house floor," said Michele Swers, Ph.D of Georgetown University.

Two years ago on the House floor he ranted over the 9/11 health care bill.

He also scolded lawmakers for trying to defund National Public Radio.

Swers says Weiner's not known for his legislative work. "He's more of a show horse than a workhorse."

Earlier this year, he called out Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas--who has had his own issues with sexual harassment in the past - for his alleged financial ties to organizations lobbying against health care reform.

Of Weiner Swers says, "He's really carved out this role as Democratic spokesperson."

in 2008, Weiner sponsored a bill to increase the number of visas available to runway models. His rep said it was just economics to bring jobs to New York.

Work aside, the congressman is connected. Weiner's wife works for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, presided over their marriage. And the Daily Show's John Stewart is a college friend.

Fellow Democrats pointedly refused to defend Weiner on Tuesday, telegraphing an unmistakable eagerness for him to resign.

Republicans swiftly sought political profit from the New York Democrat's predicament, which threatened to deepen when conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart said he had a sexually explicit photo of the 46-year-old congressman.

His political career in extreme jeopardy, Weiner had no public appearances. His spokesman did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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