Monday, June 13, 2011
Weiner photos in House gym could be an ethics breach
They may not be the most revealing photos -- but they could be the most damning.
Sex-crazed Rep. Anthony Weiner's newest slew of beefcake shots, taken in the House gym and sent to at least one woman, give ethics investigators bombshell evidence of official misconduct, insiders told The Post.
"That's what the House ethics committee will look at," former House historian Ray Smock said about the 11 steamy self-portraits that made the rounds on the Web yesterday.
"Earlier, he said he was using his private cellphone camera. In this case, he may have been using his private camera, but he was doing it in a very, very public place -- the House gym," Smock said about the taxpayer-funded facility.
That means Weiner may be in violation of the House Code of Official Conduct's so-called "golden rule," requiring that members "behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House," he said.
A Capitol Hill insider charged that the new, semi-nude photos snapped inside the federal facility were "photographic evidence" that Weiner brought dishonor to the institution and used it to carry on his salacious online affairs.
"It was inappropriate. It was stupid," the source said about the shots obtained by TMZ.com.
Weiner's use of the official gym could very well seal his fate, added the House counsel who successfully prosecuted Harlem Rep. Charlie Rangel for ethics violations. (Continues here)