Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is soon-to-be a footnote in history, but for local congressman and sure-thing candidate for governor Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), the disgraced purveyor of social media prurience will live on in his campaign finance records. In October 2000, the Friends of Weiner slipped Inslee $1,000, coded as a contribution to his primary campaign in the 2000 election.
(Though the transaction was reported as having been made on October 12th, the primary election had already occurred on September 19th.)
Now that Weiner has resigned under the pressing scandal of carrying on and publicly lying about multiple online dalliances, one alleged to have been conducted with a minor woman, what should Inslee’s do with his Weiner bucks?
Some Democrats caught holding tainted funds have already chosen to give them up, others were awaiting the outcome of an ethics investigation that now will never commence. Though some will stipulate that 11 years is a long way to go back to in history, others will argue that there is no statute of limitations that governs taking a stand against the sort of irresponsible behavior Weiner has admitted to.
In a press release, Washington State Republican Party executive director Peter Graves made no bones about what Inslee should do with is Weiner wampum.
“Congressman Inslee needs to send back Weiner’s tainted money. He needs to send the message that what Weiner did was inappropriate,” Graves said.