House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorChamber of Commerce overhauls lobbying operation Laura Ingraham under consideration for White House press secretary VA Dems jockey for Kaine's seat MORE (R-Va.) on Thursday pressured Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to "come clean" about his Twitter controversy.
Cantor said Weiner has a responsibility to his wife and constituents to get the facts straight.
"And again, the American people are right in saying that
they don't have tolerance for this repeated kind of activity going on
surrounding their elected leaders," he added. "Think about his wife — I mean, I'm
really saddened for his wife, and I think they've only been married a
Cantor's comments are some of the first from a member of the House GOP leadership on the Weiner controversy, which has consumed much of the media's attention over the past several days.
Weiner did a round of cable television interviews Wednesday in an
attempt to clear up the controversy surrounding a lewd photo that was
published on his Twitter account. He said that the message was a result of a hack, but would not say whether the photo in question was of his body.
The New York congressman said that for his wife, the saga has been a "befuddling experience."
House Republicans recently dealt with an online controversy of their own, when Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.) was found to have sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman other than his wife. Lee abruptly resigned after the facts were made public.
Cantor said the Weiner controversy is an example of what the public is tired of seeing.
"I think the American people are sick of seeing their elected officials tied up into scandals like this," he said. "I really think it's sad. And obviously there's not a lot of clarity surrounding the reports that you're referring to."