Representative Anthony Weiner, who is caught in a worsening sexting scandal, is finally thinking about stepping down, a remarkable change in stance over the weekend, it has been reported.
Weiner is considering the possibility that he may have to resign, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday, citing sources.
Weiner has steadfastly refused to resign even when his lewd tweets and images made their way to Internet on a daily basis.
But the unrelenting media coverage, the demands from his party's leaders that he step down and the appearance of more humiliating photos made Weiner realize he may not be able to bull his way through the crisis after all, the source said, the Daily News reported. The report said Weiner is all but resigned to being redistricted out of a seat.
Some of the images exhibit his naked body and private parts as Weiner held a camera to photograph himself. Fellow Democrats have stepped up pressure on Weiner to resign, fearing his sexting scandal will affect the reputation of the party and its electoral fortunes.
Meanwhile, Weiner announced that he was taking some professional treatment and was on leave from the Congress.
But more images surfaced on a daily basis, heaping embarrassment on his pregnant wife and ruining his hopes to weather the storm. Even some poll results showing that a majority of his constituents didn’t want to resign owning to the scandal didn’t help.
It also emerged that some of the lewd images were shot in the Congressional gym. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had called for an ethics probe on Weiner after it emerged that he had used Congressional phone lines to indulge in sex chats with a woman.
Weiner has admitted that he had inappropriate online relationships with six women. Transcripts of interactions with one woman, a casino worker from Las Vegas, revealed that he indulged in explicit sexual chat with her, online and on the phone.