Thursday, June 02, 2011

Weiner's Office Sends Police After Journalist

Rep. Anthony Weiner is losing my sympathy. Sending law enforcement after CBS New York political reporter Marcia Kramer is a bone-headed move. Kramer went to Weiner's Congressional office to ask the Congressman questions. This exchange with press secretary David Arnold transpired.

Kramer: “All I want is for him to say something to his constituents, the people who have to vote for him.”

Arnold: “I don’t think you can say he hasn’t said anything to his constituents. He spoke for nine hours yesterday.

Kramer: “But not to anyone in New York. You know, this is the sort of in-the-bunker in the capitol, not to anyone in New York.”

That should have been the end of that. Instead, someone in Weiner's office called the Capitol Police.

Police officers asked for identification. One cop told Kramer that if she went into Weiner’s office and didn’t leave if she was asked, she could be arrested.

“If you go to an office and are asked to leave, you can be placed under arrest,” Officer Michael Miller said.

Kramer responded, “But I wasn’t refusing to leave.”

According to the article, Kramer was never asked to leave Weiner's office. The Capital Police talked to Kramer after she left the office.

CBS reporter Nancy Cordes asked Weiner if the infamous tweet is of his junk. Weiner gave an evasive answer.

Cordes: “Congressman, I think the main question people are asking is, was that a picture of you?”

Weiner: “Well the main question that a lot of people are asking is did I send the photograph. I did not, this was a prank, a hoax.”

Cordes: “So it sounds like it was a photo of you.”

Weiner: “Well we’re going to try to find out exactly what happened.”

I personally could care less if Weiner sent that tweet. I am one of the few progressives that felt sorry for Mark Sanford. I'm a social liberal. People's sexual lives (Mark Foley preying on minors is the exception) shouldn't be public domain. That doesn't mean Weiner can use law enforcement to harass the media.

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