Weiner Tries to Cash In on Kerfuffle

Posted February 24, 2010 at 6:34pm

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is trying to turn his floor charge that the Republican Party “is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry” into a campaign fundraiser.

Weiner reiterated his charge in a post on the liberal Daily Kos Web site with a link to his fundraising page on ActBlue, a liberal fundraising network.

Weiner withdrew his initial charge on the House floor only to amplify it on his second try.

“Make no mistake, every Republican I have ever met in my entire life is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry,” Weiner ripped. Weiner withdrew that as well after Republicans objected again.

Weiner was unapologetic for his floor remarks in his blog post.

“The Republicans squealed like pigs and immediately demanded that my words be ‘taken down’ as they say in the House. But they can’t say it’s not true,” he said.

The cash-for-rant route has been well-traveled lately, with Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) capitalizing on his floor statement that Republicans want sick people to “die quickly” and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) raising millions after screaming “You Lie!” at President Barack Obama.