This day just keeps getting better and better.
(NY Times) — The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, on Saturday called on Representative Anthony D. Weiner to resign, underscoring the growing concern among Democrats that his online exchanges with women had become a distraction for the party.
Representative Steve J. Israel, Democrat of New York, also called on Mr. Weiner to step down, saying that he clearly needed to seek treatment for “inappropriate behavior.”
“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,” Mr. Israel said.
At the same time, two senior Democratic officials said on Saturday that Mr. Weiner was planning to check himself into a treatment center.
In addition, the Democratic National Party chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, told The Associated Press that Mr. Weiner’s behavior was “indefensible” and that his role in Congress was “untenable.”
I know more than a few WZ commenters have predicted this, time to step forward and take a victory lap.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner says he will seek professional help and take a temporary leave of absence from Congress.
Earlier, the Democratic Party hierarchy demanded on Saturday that Weiner resign from the House of Representatives for sending online material ranging from sexually suggestive to explicit to several women.
“This sordid affair has become an unacceptable distraction for Representative Weiner, his family, his constituents and the House,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said in a written statement calling for the New York lawmaker to quit.
The House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, said 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.”
Weiner had no immediate reaction.
Before Saturday afternoon’s developments, Weiner told reporters in his neighbourhood that “I have to redeem myself and I am going to try to get back to work.”
Weiner said his conduct involved “personal failings” and that he would try not to let them get in the way of his “professional work.”