Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.
–General Ethical Standards, House of Representatives
“I’m deeply regretting what I have done and I am not resigning. I have made it clear that I accept responsibility for this, people can draw conclusions about me and are free to do so.”
Given his unfortunate name, the opportunities for ribaldry regarding Congressman Anthony Weiner’s antics are abundant–I shall refrain. He has adequately disgraced himself and it may be impossible to further disgrace his profession. When even a harlequin like Nancy Pelosi urges an investigation, no further debasement is possible. The first rule on the first page of the General Ethics Standards for members of the House of Representatives states that “Members, officers, and employees of the House should conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House.” Weiner has admitted to behavior more appropriate to an inebriated high school Lothario than to a United States Congressman. If he will not resign voluntarily, his departure must be made obligatory.