SEATTLE – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her co-chairman of a new congressional caucus concerned about local pharmacies had lobbied for weeks for publication of a guest column on that topic. It was published Monday, just when the co-chairman was getting maximum exposure – but not the good kind.
The co-chairman is Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., who admitted Monday he sent a suggestive photo by Twitter to a Seattle woman. He also admitted lying about it when first confronted by the news media and sending other pictures to other people via Twitter or Facebook. He said he is ashamed of his behavior but doesn’t plan to resign.
At a health care conference in Seattle on Tuesday, McMorris Rodgers declined to call for Weiner’s resignation, saying she wanted to see what comes out in an upcoming ethics investigation. Some Republican members of Congress have resigned when facing similar scandals, and she said she supports Speaker John Boehner’s admonition to the GOP caucus: “You are held to a higher standard as a member of Congress.”
McMorris Rodgers is a leader at getting House Republicans to use Twitter and Facebook. Weiner’s problems point out the possibilities of misuse of the social media, she said, but it’s not a reason to stop. “I think there are a lot more positives about opening up communication.”