House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday lashed out at two fellow Democrats engulfed in separate sexual-misconduct scandals, saying both New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner "don't have a clue."
"Let me be very clear: The conduct of some of these people that we're talking about here is reprehensible," said Pelosi, during her weekly Capitol news conference.
"It is so disrespectful of women. And what's really stunning about it is, they don't even realize it—you know, they don't have a clue," said the California Democrat.
"If they're clueless—get a clue!" exclaimed the only woman ever to be House speaker.
The topic of the two scandal-marred politicians came up when a reporter asked Pelosi her thoughts on Weiner. Amid his comeback bid in the mayoral race, Weiner admitted he went back to sexting after he resigned from Congress in 2011 amid a scandal involving his sending lewd texts and photos to women.
Pelosi initially seemed uneager to address the issue, answering, "I think I've spoken and acted in terms of Anthony Weiner, in terms of when he was in the Congress of the United States."
But she went on to also mention Filner, who in her home state has been rejecting calls to resign amid allegations that he sexually harassed staff members and constituents. "In [Weiner's] case and in the case of Mayor Filner, clearly they both have admitted they need therapy. I think maybe that therapy could better be accomplished in private," she said.
Pelosi was asked whether Weiner should stay in the New York City mayor's race? "That's up to the people of New York," she said.
But as a reporter's question turned to another topic, Pelosi steered the conversation back to Weiner and Filner, saying she wanted to be "very clear," and that she regarded the conduct of "these people" as reprehensible and disrespectful of women.
This article appears in the July 26, 2013, edition of NJ Daily.