According to Michael Alan, blogging at Legal Insurrection, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the current chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), is attempting to brush aside the actions of her New York House colleague, claiming that Anthony Weiner “is dealing with ‘a personal matter.’” That “personal matter” is the Congressman’s tweeting a certain semi-lewd picture to a college co-ed.
When, however, a male congressman sent somewhat lewd messages to young men, she not only castigated her colleague, but demanded the resignation of the House Speaker as well, suggesting he was complicit in those shenanigans. While Alan attributes the difference in her reaction to the partisan affiliation of the congressmen in question, we should also note that she has called for a much harsher censure of the man sexually drawn to members of his own sex while seeking to excuse the behavior of an apparently heterosexual federal representative.
Could it be that she used the pretext of the 2006 scandal involving Congressman Foley to draw attention to these misdeeds of a gay man, so reminding people of the shibboleth that gay men regularly prey on teenage boys? And yet she finds it excusable that a married straight man would use electronic media to flirt with a woman less than half his age. This Democrat appears more ready to criticize a gay man than a straight one.
I’m sure HRC is already looking into the matter and asking why the Democrat who showed such outrage over Foley’s illicit electronic missives to young men would be so indifferent to Weiner’s tweets to young women.