Pelosi mounts pressure on Weiner to stand down

 @ibtimes on June 11 2011 3:41 PM
Nancy Pelosi
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks about the budget in the Capitol in Washington April 7, 2011. REUTERS

Colleague and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi added to pressure on Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY to resign, calling on him to step down from office and seek help after following reports on Friday that police had investigated Weiner's direct message contacts on online to a 17-year old girl.

Weiner's spokesperson the Congressman's interactions with the Delaware girl were not explicit nor indecent. A family lawyer for the girl and polic said there was nothing salacious or inappropriate in the tweets Weiner sent. Police and the family lawyers said the girl said nothing about any criminal activity, according to ABC News.

Pelosi's were a reversal of an earlier call that a House ethics panel should investigate what Weiner called inappropriate conduct.

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.

Outside of government high-ranking officials within the party were also putting pressure on Weiner to depart.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, also called on Weiner to step down, saying his continued service was untenable.

It is with great disappointment that I call on Representative Anthony Weiner to resign. The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner's continued service in Congress is untenable. This sordid affair has become an unacceptable distraction for Representative Weiner, his family, his constituents and the House - and for the good of all, he should step aside and address those things that should be most important - his and his family's well-being.

Steve Israel, Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Anthony's inappropriate behavior has become an insurmountable distraction to the House and our work for the American people. With a heavy heart, I call on Anthony to resign.

I pray for his family and hope that Anthony will take time to get the help he needs without the distractions and added pressures of Washington, DC.

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