Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern says U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner should step down

Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern, while talking about her soon-to-be-released book, says U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., should step down because his actions are a distraction to Congress.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: June 16, 2011

State Rep. Sally Kern, who caused a firestorm three years ago that sparked calls for her to resign after she said the homosexual agenda was a bigger threat to America than terrorism, said Wednesday that U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., should step down because his actions are a distraction to Congress.

Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said she asked that a motion in March to publicly reprimand her in the House of Representatives for disparaging comments she made against blacks and women be approved unanimously so it wouldn't be a lingering distraction to lawmakers.

“I wanted to get the mess behind us because I was afraid had that not happened there might have been some individuals who would have done everything they could to drag it out and drag it out,” Kern said. “We still had work to do.”

The account of Weiner, who at first said his Twitter account had been hacked and someone sent a lewd photograph to a woman before admitting he had sent the picture, is dominating the news from Washington, Kern said.

“What does it do to the ability of the United States House of Representatives to carry on their work?” she asked. “It is a huge distraction. It is a huge detriment to our young people and the American people for that situation to continue to be carried on and on and on, which is happening because of his refusal to resign.”

Book published

Kern spoke about Rep. Weiner and her soon-to-be released book to the Capitol Republican Caucus, a political action committee that supports GOP candidates, during its monthly meeting in downtown Oklahoma City. Kern's recent controversial comments — that minorities earn less than white people and women earn less than men because they don't work as hard and have less initiative — occurred too late to be included in the new book, “The Stoning of Sally Kern: The Liberal Attack on Christian Conservatism and Why We Must Take a Stand.” It is to be released July 5.

The book is the result of the attention she received in 2008 when she made comments about a “homosexual agenda.”

A major publisher rejected her book because a board of director's wife was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks in New York, Kern told members of the Capitol Republican Caucus.

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