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Voters say Weiner can survive lewd photo scandal

Jun 7, 2011 3:19:00 AM - thestate.com
Really, incredibly, stunningly stupid.

Voters in Rep. Anthony Weiner's home district in Brooklyn and Queens shook their heads in disbelief about the news that Weiner tearfully admitted to posting lewd photos of himself to women online. But most said Monday he would - and should - politically survive, saying they had voted for him before and would again. The seven-term congressman may have done something dumb, voters outside his Kew Gardens district office, said, but it wasn't criminal.

Weiner's confession to lying about posting a photo of his crotch on Twitter had been blown "way out of proportion," said Ralph Sepulveda, a 58-year-old film editor.

Weiner's record of fighting for his district balances his poor personal judgment, Sepulveda said.

"Politically I think he's very smart and I value his contributions to our Congress," Sepulveda said. "It was really stupid. I just don't think it's grounds for him to resign."

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