Pelosi refuses to comment on Weiner

June 27, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently quipped "who cares" in response to a questions about Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) gay marriage stance. Now, she seems to be taking a similar tack when it comes to Anthony Weiner.

When asked Wednesday to evaluate Weiner's leadership as a congressman, Pelosi (D-Calif.) simply disregarded the question.

"I have enough to do here not to get involved in the mayor's race of New York," she said.

In 2011, Weiner's Twitter scandal wound up being a major headache for Pelosi, who called for his resignation.

Pelosi isn't the first high-ranking Democrat to brush aside questions about Weiner, who has apparently overcome the scandal enough to tie City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in a new poll on the Democratic primary. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has also publicly distanced himself from the former congressman.

"I don’t intend to comment on the twists and turns of the New York City mayoral election,” he said last month.

Though he ignores direct questions about Weiner, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported last month that, in conversation, Cuomo chastised the public in advance if they did elect Weiner to office. "Shame on us," he said. His office later said he was joking.

Ruth Tam is a writer based in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @ruthetam.
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