Message discipline: Wasserman Schultz calls Weinergate a ‘personal matter’ five times in 60 secondsby George Bennett | June 3rd, 2011
Broward County U.S. Rep. and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says the crotch-shot controversy surrounding lawyered-up Democratic New York Rep. and Twitter enthusiast Anthony Weiner is a “personal matter.”
In fact, Wasserman Schultz used the phrase five times in just under a minute in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
Read the Blitzer/Wasserman Schultz transcript after the jump…
Transcript of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s remarks on U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner:
BLITZER: let’s talk about your colleague, Anthony Weiner. I noticed on the house floor, you had an animated conversation with him today. What were you talking to him about?
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: I was actually just talking to him about the votes we were — we were casting at the moment and just, you know, kibbitzing with him a little bit. But what Anthony Weiner is dealing with right now is a personal matter and that’s where it should be left.
BLITZER: Listen to what Steny Hoyer said today. He gave him some advice. He’s the number two Democrat in the House. I’ll play the clip.
HOYER (on video clip): He and I had a brief discussion at which point in time I told him that he needed to handle this and needed to give the facts accurately to the public.
Reporter: Has he done that to your satisfaction?
Hoyer: I frankly have not been following it as closely as all of you have, so I don’t know whether he has done that.
BLITZER: Do you agree with Steny Hoyer?
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Like I said, I think this is a personal matter and that’s how it should be left.
BLITZER: Because Eric Cantor, the Republican, the Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, he says that Anthony Weiner has a lot more explaining to do, if you will.
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Anthony Weiner is dealing with a personal matter and should be left as a personal matter.
BLITZER: Do you believe someone did hack into his account and send out that picture as he says?
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: I think Anthony Weiner is dealing with a personal matter and that is where it should be left.