Monday, June 13, 2011

White Housze: "Weiner Scandal A "Distraction"

The White House on Monday called Rep. Anthony Weiner’s scandal “inappropriate” and a “distraction,” but stopped short of calling for his resignation from Congress.
Over the weekend, several Democratic leaders participated in a concerted public effort to push the New York Democrat out. So far, though, the White House has been all but silent on the issue.
Asked about it aboard Air Force One on Monday morning, White House press secretary Jay Carney offered the first criticisms from the Obama team, but he didn’t join in the chorus calling for Weiner’s job.

“The president feels — we feel at the White House, this is a distraction,” Carney said, according to a pool report. “As Congressman Weiner has said himself, his behavior was inappropriate, dishonesty was inappropriate. But the president is focused on his job, which is getting this economy continuing to grow, creating jobs and ensuring the safety and security of the American people.”

Asked to clarify whether the White House was joining to calls for resignation, Carney wouldn’t commit.

“I answered that question,” he said. “We think it’s a distraction from the important business that this president needs to conduct and Congress need to conduct. Beyond that, I don’t have any more comment.”

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