Chuck Schumer is mum on Weiner candidacy

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (Associated Press)

The usually loquacious Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), was uncharacteristically mum Sunday when the topic turned to former congressman Anthony Weiner’s bid for New York City mayor.

“I’m not commenting on the mayor’s race or on Anthony Weiner’s race at this point, no,” said Schumer, the state’s senior senator and third-ranking Democrat in the Senate on “Face the Nation” Sunday.

“Do you think he ought to run?” host Bob Schieffer pressed further.

But Schumer held fast. “I’m not commenting, Bob,” he said.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was not so quiet about Weiner’s candidacy last week, when he told the Syracuse Post-Standard that if Weiner wins Gracie Mansion, “shame on us.” After that comment was widely reported, Cuomo’s staff later said that the governor was joking.

Weiner, a Democrat, resigned from Congress in 2011 after acknowledging that he had e-mailed messages and sexually explicit images of himself to women.

Lyndsey Layton has been covering national education since 2011, writing about everything from parent trigger laws to poverty’s impact on education to the shifting politics of school reform.
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