Top Democratic leaders urged U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign on Saturday, calling the disgraced Democrat’s actions “indefensible” after admitting sending graphic photos to women online.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the chair of the Democratic National Committee, and Steve Israel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, released statements within minutes of each other Saturday.
If it turns out that Weiner had sexual communications with an underage girl, okay. Resign. I’ll help shove him out the door if I need to. But for now, don’t cave in to the demands of a pack of family values hypocrites. Grow some spine, Democrats.
Adding… Weiner is taking a leave of absence:
Shortly after the calls for resignation were delivered, reports emerged that Weiner was, indeed, checking into a treatment center — though where and for what precisely (depression? addiction?) wasn’t immediately clear.
Weiner’s office put out a statement confirming those reports and announcing that he had requested a “short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well.”