Just how eager are Democrats to move on from Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter scandal?
At a news conference Thursday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made it clear before she was even asked about it that she was not interested in making any comment on the news that Weiner plans to resign.
“If you’re here to ask a question about Congressman Weiner, I won’t be answering any,” Pelosi told reporters at the outset of a news conference on jobs at the Capitol. “I’ve made the statements I’m going to make. It’s my understanding that later in the day, he will be having a press conference, and after that I will have a statement available. I’ll just tell you that up front.”
Of course, that didn’t stop the questions from coming. Would Pelosi call off the House ethics investigation into Weiner’s conduct in light of a resignation?
“Perhaps I was unclear,” Pelosi responded. “I am basically not going to be responding to questions here. Let’s see what he decides to do today, and then we will go from there, but I’m not making any announcement for him or about him at this time.”
Could Pelosi comment, another reporter asked, on what it takes for her to call on one of her own members to resign?
“No,” Pelosi responded. “We’ll have a chance to talk about this. But we’re not doing it before we have a decision from Congressman Weiner. We respectfully gave him time, and his wife came home for them to talk. He’s going to make an announcement. I’m not going to predicate anything on a decision that we haven’t heard yet.”
“But let me say this,” she continued. “We will not be deterred from our quest for jobs, and I wish that the ardor for information on our jobs initiative would be as strong as it is on this other subject.”
Pelosi spoke for about 10 more minutes, fielding questions on the Obama administration’s report to Congress on Libya (Pelosi reiterated that she supported the president’s decision) and on funding for a food program for women, infants and children.
“Thank you all very much. Don’t forget: jobs, jobs, jobs,” she said, but then made one last point to renew the Democratic offensive on House Republicans’ proposal to overhaul Medicare.
A few minutes later, a reporter cut in. “And Weiner has not helped you to take that higher ground, has he?”
Pelosi looked as though she were about to answer, then held up her hand and stayed mum.