While both Democrats and Republicans are called for Rep. Anthony Weiner to vacate his Congressional seat, the White House is saying little about Weinergate.
USA Today reports that a House ethics committee has already begun deliberating the issue with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) saying he’d like to dump Weiner from his committee assignments.
However, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Air Force One, “The president is focused on his job,” without commenting at all on whether Weiner should stay or go, simply calling the pictures “a distraction” and “inappropriate.” Although Time.com reports that the President did tell Today’s Ann Curry, “I would resign.” In a tweet from The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza (who has written a post here), he says that the single line “seems to me to seal the deal.”
Separately, we reported last week that Spirit Air was leveraging the scandal for its marketing purposes. These days, the airline isn’t the only brand using Anthony Weiner’s Twitter escapades for their own advantage.
A toy company called HeroBuilders is selling Anthony Weiner dolls (that look nothing like him). T-shirt companies, like this one, are selling charming black-tie gear with musings like “Tweet your meat, lose your seat.” And a condom company is selling rubbers with Weiner’s face on them.
And of course, TMZ is getting a lot of mileage out of its logo watermark on the latest released photos of the congressman at the gym.