As more photos of Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY nearly nude at a Gym in Congress emerged over the weekend, a pair of top colleagues in the House of Representatives called for the embattled congressman to resign
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., both called for Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY to resign on a Sunday political talk show.
I feel so sorry for [Weiner's wife] Huma and her family most of all, Ryan told CBS' Face the Nation. But we've got to get this behind us because it's a distraction. And so yes, he should resign. I don't take pleasure in saying that because we've got important work to do and this is just a ridiculous distraction, he said.'
Hoyer, also appearing on the program said resignation was something Weiner has to consider.
I don't see how he can proceed and efectively represent his constituency, he said.
On Monday, the married Weiner tearfully admitted to sending lewd and explicit photos to women he met online and lying about one specific incident involving a bulging underpants crotch picture of himself sent unsuspectingly on his public Twitter feed to 45,000 people.
He immediately deleted the offending message and then claimed repeatedly for over a week in multiple national interviews that he had not sent the photo and that his account had been hacked.
He also said he sent inappropriate and frivolous messages, as well as explicit photos to six women over the past three years. He said that to the best of his knowledge, none of those interactions had been with anyone underage.
Also new photos of Weiner touching his genitals emerged on Sunday.
Gossip site TMZ.com released 11 photos it says were taken at a private exercise facility in the Capitol complex open to current and former House members.
Weiner is shown taking photos of his bare chest, or with a towel covering his genitals.
On Saturday, Weiner said he was requesting a temporary leave of absence to undergo treatment after three high ranking Democratic party members called for him to resign, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelos, D-CA.
Congressman Weiner has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents, and the recognition that he needs help. I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a Member of Congress, Pelosi said in a released statement.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the Democratic National Committee and Steve Israel, Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, also called on Weiner to resign