House Dems Urge Weiner To Quit

Colleagues bailing on NY rep after tweeted penis shot
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2011 1:19 AM CDT
House Democrats Call for Anthony Weiner's Resignation
Rep. Anthony Weiner waits for an elevator near his office on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A growing number of House Democrats are making it clear that they want their Weiner problem to go away. Pennsylvania's Allyson Schwartz, an ally of Nancy Pelosi, was the first to openly call for his resignation, and she was soon followed by others, reports the New York Times. "Having the respect of your constituents is fundamental for a member of Congress,” said Schwartz. "In light of Anthony Weiner’s offensive behavior online, he should resign."

More party leaders will pressure Weiner to step down if he doesn't heed his colleagues, Democrats warn. Pelosi is especially furious about Weiner's attempts to mislead the public about his online affairs, say insiders. The final straw for some Democrats is the newly published photo of the congressman's tweeted penis. Weiner's staffers are already looking into new job opportunities for the congressman, whose wife is in the early stages of pregnancy, sources tell Politico. (Read more House Democrats stories.)

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