Top Democrats Call For Weiner's Resignation

on June 11 2011 3:08 PM

Just hours after Congressman Anthony Weiner left his home to take hour his dirty laundry, two of the top Democrats in the country simultaneously signaled they wanted to do the same with theirs.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, called his continued service in Congress following revelations he carried on multiple extra-marital conversations with at least six women online and by phone over three years 'indefensible'.

It is with great disappointment that I call on Representative Anthony Weiner to resign, Rep. Wasserman (D-FL) said.

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.

Wasserman-Schultz's comments come amid sharp criticism from Pelosi, who asked the House Ethics Committee to probe Weiner's behavior, also called on the congressman to resign.

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.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Steve Israel, who's district is just west of Weiner's called his behavior an insurmountable distraction. Israel echoed Pelosi's concern for him to get help without the distractions and added pressures of Washington, DC.

The statements meant to symbolize a power in numbers, came as the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Steve Israel, also urged Weiner's resignation.

Just hours before the comments, the scandal plagued congressman said he's staying put.

I have no intention at this time, Weiner said while leaving his Queens apartment to take out his dirty laundry. This is ultimately a decision for my constituents.

Weiner's staunch refusal to resign comes amid revelations he exchanged private messages with a 17-year-old Delaware teen on Twitter.

The teen detectives their conversations weren't lewd and no charges were filed.

Weiner acknowledged he did write the teen, I think the record is pretty clear - nothing explicit, nothing indecent, nothing inappropriate.

Weiner wouldn't comment on whether he had asked for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's forgiveness. Huma Abedin, Weiner's wife who is 10 weeks pregnant and is traveling on a diplomatic jaunt with Clinton.

With Weiner's political future in shambles he received key support from fellow Democrat Rep. Charles Rangel Friday.

I know immoral sex when I hear it from other members. And no one has screamed for their resignation. So I don't know why they are selecting Anthony.

Rangel, who survived an Ethics committee investigation last year, said Weiner didn't do anything illegal.

A Marist poll showed a majority of Weiner's constituents' still support him.

 

 

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