Chuck Schumer, (D-NY), who usually can’t restrain himself from offering his opinions, suddenly had his jaw wired shut on CBS News’ Face The Nation Sunday when he was asked about Anthony Weiner’s run for mayor of New York City.
Schumer said, “I’m not commenting on the mayor’s race or on Anthony Weiner’s race at this point, no.” Host Bob Schieffer wasn’t satisfied with that answer and continued, “Do you think he ought to run?”
Schumer answered, “I’m not commenting, Bob,” eschewing the same contorted path as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who first said publicly that if Weiner were elected, “shame on us,” then had his staff lamely backtrack by stating that he was joking.
Remember when former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s prostitution scandal was revealed? Schumer’s response then went like this:
I think most people see this, what happened to Eliot Spitzer, as a human tragedy, far more than a political tragedy, not that different than if this happened–God forbid–to the person in your neighborhood, the person in your church, the person who works in the same office as you do.
Spitzer frequented prostitutes and it’s a “human tragedy.” Weiner tweets his genitalia to young women, lies to the media, tries to blame a “hacker,” decides to run for mayor, and there’s no comment.
Would Schumer be so understanding if the man involved were someone from the GOP?